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I was at the Rowardennan meet today and the weather was not ideal for landscape photography.

David McGirr,McGoo kindly brought along an impressive array of studio lighting kit and we were able to do a bit of indoor stuff.

Thanks to David and to Chris Roberts for all the advice and thanks Chris for sitting for this one.

1/160 sec @ f14. Focal length 95mm.

Various brollies, softboxes and a honeycomb snoot were used triggered by a pocket wizard. All new stuff to me!

Thanks,

Paul

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 70-300 APO
Recording media:Raw - 200
Title:First Portrait
Username:Paul_Barr Paul_Barr
Uploaded:11 Mar 2006 - 9:40 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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keithh
keithh  1022760 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2006 - 9:59 AM

Always thought Chris had a very photogenic face...ie...interesting

A lot of lighting going on here with it actually doing anything and as a result his eyes are dead.

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Paul_Barr
Paul_Barr  9544 forum posts Scotland
11 Mar 2006 - 10:02 AM

Thanks Keith. It was my first sight of studio lighting and I realised just how much there is to learn regarding this.

Paul

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philipr
philipr  8392 forum posts
11 Mar 2006 - 10:11 AM

I know nothing about studio lightening so could be no help to you. It does seem dark on the left side though but at least the right side doesnt look unnaturally lit.

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2006 - 10:18 AM

I don't mind this kind of lighting, although a reflector wouldn't have gone amiss and probably a hair light. Maybe there was too many lights, you know what they say about too many cooks!! However I think it is a good shot as it stands, so a "click" from me

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314893 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2006 - 10:37 AM

Not a bad pic for a first go. Maybe just a little more light in the eye`s.
Paul

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ruralscotland
11 Mar 2006 - 11:30 AM

Well done Paul, wondered when the first from the 'playing' would appear.

Allan

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mipettin
mipettin  10884 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2006 - 11:39 AM

Needs a reflector to bounce light into the left eye as we look at it. Also being a nit you've lost his left ear a touch. All new to me too - brollys and softboxes but the face and eyes need more light. Cheers, Martin

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Ghostrider
11 Mar 2006 - 12:09 PM

I have no idea when it comes to portraiture either but as a first attempt it is certainly worth of a click for effort.

Mark :o)

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Tina_Michelle
11 Mar 2006 - 12:35 PM

you might want to check out a book by Bill Hurter put out by Amherst Media, it is a book about children's portriature called Children's portrait photography, but on pg. 27 there is diagrams of different lighting set ups and the book covers a bit of examples on lighting techniques both indoor and out, it's very helpful.You can also try pointing one of your lights towards the ceiling to help eliminate shadowing.nice first attempt here though.and practice shall make perfect;0)

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croberts
croberts  102160 forum posts Ireland8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2006 - 5:14 AM

oi!!

...goes off to search cards for a pic of paul...

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Paul_Barr
Paul_Barr  9544 forum posts Scotland
12 Mar 2006 - 8:56 AM

Thanks for the comments, advice and mods folks. Perhaps a little more practice required.

Chris, sorry mate. I'll take it down if you don't like it. You didn't get any of me, did you?

Paul

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IanO
IanO  11195 forum posts Scotland
15 Mar 2006 - 12:48 AM

Like me, its not easy the first time in a studio setup, and I think this is a fine effort, and all we can do is take the advice of the experts on how to impove things.

Ian

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