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This is a change for me, a wander into the studio, working with multiple lights, working with a model trying to construct a photo.

So it is two images, The main image shot with multiple lights and her holding the frame, the insert a picture taken with me on a chair looking down at her while she looked up with my flash gun. I love the second shot as here eyes and cheek bones just a photographers delight.

In some ways I am happy, she was a great model and fun to work with but I think I have much to learn, the lighting on the RH side is too strong and not flattering??

Any thoughts?

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:50mm f1.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The art of taking the picture
Username:strawman strawman
Uploaded:28 Jan 2009 - 11:03 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Fashion, Flash / lighting, Multiple images, Portraits / people
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answersonapostcard
answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012602 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2009 - 11:06 PM

Great idea, you've got some PS tidying to do though Wink

Have you got one of her looking at you?

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strawman
strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2009 - 11:15 PM

Thank's K. Any tips on the tidying up especially the arm, its beyond my normal skills, or do you think more is wrong?

I only had a few moments with the lights and neither of us had done this sort of thing before, so it was for me just a learning experience. The picture frame was an idea and the next photo I will post is my original idea, this one is a variation.

And yes you guessed it I mucked up the photo where she was staring straight at me. I think I hit the shutter without letting the lights re-cycle.

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answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012602 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2009 - 11:36 PM

Tidying up the background is fairly easy... just add a curves adjustment layer and lighten it, then go back to the background and burn in the bits you've missed.

Highlight and shadow used by any chance?

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strawman
strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2009 - 11:40 PM

Ah I thought I had done that, obviously not well enough ;-(

Thanks for the tip Smile

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315238 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2009 - 6:57 PM

Not bad for a first go John Smile

Not seeing anything major in the lighting to the rhs, for me its just that the lighting style/angle is not in keeping with the framed head and shoulder shot.

For the framed photo I might have moved the main light to the right and lowered it pointing up toward her face since she`s looking down. Both lifting the shadows under her noise and chin and increasing the light hitting the rhs of her face.

As for the background try and get a little more distance between the model and background, less tidying up will be needed post production.

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brion
brion  5 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 - 6:12 PM

your pictures do the talking, thank you for your advice

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 2:21 AM

Maybe the picture of the face is a tat to big for the actually face of the person holding the picture.
Still, it's a nice image.

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strawman
strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 11:57 AM

That is a very good point, I made a later version where I used another image to get the head down to about the correct size.

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 12:06 PM

HI I clicked on this ages ago to make some hopefully helpful comments back to you, then didnt get a chance anyway I have now so ....

I like this concept but also think the pic in her hands is too big ....some symmetry neded in that they should be the same size or if you are making a point about one being smaller or bigger then it can be more emphasised ..(like someone having a bigger impression of themselves or something, but not relevant in this case I am sure, just an idea)

and wouldn't it be fab to have both of them making eye contact with the camera the one on the pic and her..

..not sure about lighting...is a bit bright to the right as I look. I have done a whole shot just using one octobox and it was fab...
HTH's

thanks so much for your helpful comments so freely given to me in the forums too

Diana

Last Modified By Diana at 20 Feb 2009 - 12:08 PM

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