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I did some quick lighting tests with my new lighting kit today and I think this is the best one out of the lot, let me know what you think and if there's anything that you think I need to improve.
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Can you describe the lighting set up that you used, and what lighting effect you were trying to achieve please?
I literally used the one continuous diffused light I was trying to make just the left side of the face lit up but i don't know if it's a bit too strong ?
Beautiful gentle portrait.
I have never done studio work or used lighting but I will offer my thoughts anyway.
First of all this is a lovely portrait. I do like the expression and the way her hair falls down the side of her face and onto the shoulder. I don't mind the dark area to her left as it defines the cheekbone nicely but I am not sure about the right of her face where there is no detail left in her hair.
I felt there was too much space to her left so in my mod I cropped the image square, slightly adjusted levels then selectively brightened and sharpened the eyes.
I hope this is of some use to you.
I like this Tess in that it puts me in mind of a Renaissance painting. The face is soft but not too blurred. I like the strong definition of the cheekbones on the right hand side. I wonder if you could have used a reflector to get just a little more light into the face area without affecting the side. The shadow around the nose and eye area are perhaps just a little too much.
I like Phil's closer crop which makes for a more balanced shot. There is something not quite right in the relationship between the eyes and the shoulder. It's hard to pin down but Phil's crop just looks more "right".
It's a very lovely portrait though.
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