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WANT TO KNOW WHERE I CAN PUT MY LIGHTS ON THE WALL TO PROVIDE PERFECT WHITE BACKGROUND. THE SOFT BOX IS AT THE FRONT ON THE PHOTOGRAPHERS RIGHT HANDSIDE. OTHER LIGHT IS ON LEFT HANDSIDE ON A STAND POINTING TO BACKDROP.

Nikon D50
2009/04/04 10:42:03.2
JPEG (8-bit) Normal
Image Size: 1583 x 2216
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 31mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/125 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:WHAT WENT WRONG?
Username:lasvegas lasvegas
Uploaded:4 Apr 2009 - 7:47 PM
Tags:General, Portraits / people
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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2009 - 10:19 PM

I am no expert but if it was me I would put the light behind your subjects on the floor pointing up the wall with the main light on the left/right and a reflector on the opposite side to the main light.

Good luck for the future.

Paul

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2009 - 11:36 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I have to agree that you lights source was pointed incorrectly as the brightest areas seem to be to the rear of your shot while the subjects seem to be some what underexposed. If you took the shot in RAW mode you could edit the original print and fix it up. Also you could probably have used Flash in addition to the light source that would have also balanced out the shot.

It also seems as if you may have taken the shot free hand as the details appear to be soft. Consider using a tripod, if you did use a tripod then consider pressing the shutter button more gently. I am interested in what you had your aperture set at as this could also be a problem for some of the detail. I would suggest with a group shot like this you should have been set for 9 or better with focus to the top center.

In terms of editing the photo you can do the following:

1. Select the BG, set fill bucket to white and opacity to 30%, fill in the BG until area smooths out.
2. Reduce shadows and increase highlights
3. Adjust brightness and contrast
4. Adjust hue and saturation.
5. Selective sharpening.

Greg

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lasvegas
lasvegas  5
5 Apr 2009 - 8:02 PM

Thankyou to all that commented. I know how to save and have uploaded my 'saved' version. Can I wall mount some light (soft box?) to light the backdrop evenly?

Regards

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2009 - 4:36 AM

Lightbox would help as well as a low power flash to supplement existing light. Nice work on the edited version

Greg

Last Modified By glazzaro at 6 Apr 2009 - 4:37 AM

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