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This was my first shot at doing any sort of studio lighting and photography.

We bought one of those photo frames with 3 photo slots last weekend with the intention of filling with some good family photos. After looking through our existing photos, we decided we didn't have any worthy.

So, I decided to spend a bit of time in the studio this afternoon and take a few photos. Here are the 3 we chose from about 40 shots.

ALL comments and critique welcome!

Camera:Pentax *ist D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Family Photo Frame Project
Username:davidburleson davidburleson
Uploaded:6 Aug 2010 - 8:08 PM
Tags:Family, Portraits, Portraits / people
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miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2010 - 11:19 PM

These are lovely family shots, that would fit well in any family album. The smiles together with the closeness of the family make the shot stand out from many similar photos.

The shot is over-exposed, the lighting is uneven and hotspots on the left. The soft-box can also be seen as a reflection in the glasses. A strong shadow is cast on daughter from the fathers head. Fathers hand looks disjointed, as if there is a 5th person hiding somewhere.

But this is the first studio lighting attempt, and am sure that the family will have a lot more fun and practice with other sessions, and improve with each sitting.

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 464 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2010 - 7:12 AM

Hi David, these are definitely worthy of the family album, particularly V2 & V3. I have never done studio work, in fact I'm just a beginner so I can't offer too much help here. You seem to want feedback so I would suggest posting them in the critique gallery (possibly individually) to learn more. I'm sure you know Willie from the Critique Team; he will offer some great advice as well as a multitude of mods.
Good luck with the studio work.
Phil

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yauimagery
27 Jan 2011 - 8:48 AM

Great looking family! thanks for the award on my Overdirve pic. cheers
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TrevorH
TrevorH  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2011 - 1:46 PM

Good attempt. I agree with the shadow on your daughters face is not quite right. I use two elinchrom lights. one 400 for the front and a 200 for the background to get the whiteout effect so many portraits have these days. Try getting a large silver reflector into the set up. Use brolleys myself as you get a bit more light out of them. Do you have a lightmeter? can be essential!! I use a minolta lightmeter 4. 100 on ebay for a GOOD ONE.
A very good attempt for your first time, it does take soem practice to get it spot on but you can. try the light against the back wall for the white out and one light front right say and silver reflector front left. Hope this helps some, I am not an expert but this is what I do for portraits. Get it wrong sometimes but we all do.
Trevor.

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