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SUBJECT: MARK WOODS.

PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK WOODS, MARKWOODS.DAPORTFOLIO.COM

1/125S, F9.0, ISO 800, YN560-III 1/64 CAMERA RIGHT 7 FOOT HIGH, YN460-II 1/1 BEHIND SUBJECT.

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:EF50mm f/1.8 II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Self portrait studio test, May 2014.
Username:mwoods mwoods
Uploaded:20 May 2014 - 11:50 PM
Tags:B&w, Flash, Monochrome, Portraits / people, Studio, Test, Yongnuo
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2014 - 3:28 AM

Good selfie.

Peter

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61492 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2014 - 6:44 AM

For this style of portrait this is missing an important ingredient. It needs a little catchlight in both pupils to bring some life and sparkle. As it is it looks a little flat and lifeless.

It can be enough to use a small reflector to push some light towards the face and for the eyes to pick up the reflection of the reflector. You can add catchlights in processing quite easily with a small soft paintbrush set to white and low opacity to dot in. Good to get your lighting right in camera however.

Otherwise a worthwhile test. Did you achieve what you set out to do?

Regards
Paul

Last Modified By Coast at 21 May 2014 - 6:46 AM

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mwoods
mwoods  10 United Kingdom
21 May 2014 - 9:42 AM

Cheers, Peter! Cheers, Paul!

Yes, you're right Paul - I'll try another with a reflector and one with a third flash to compare.

I'm pretty pleased with the results I'm getting. Things are a lot easier with my Sekonic L308S lightmeter - I feel I have a lot more control over the lighting now. Just need to remember to include things like catchlights now!

Thanks for the advice - it is much appreciated!

Mark.

Last Modified By mwoods at 21 May 2014 - 9:48 AM

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