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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.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:18-55
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Lighting test
Username:xxtessxx xxtessxx
Uploaded:12 Oct 2010 - 10:27 PM
Tags:Beauty shot, Flash / lighting, Portrait, Portraits / people, Studio lighting
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miptog
miptog e2 Member 93532 forum postsmiptog vcard United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2010 - 10:30 PM

Can you describe the lighting set up that you used, and what lighting effect you were trying to achieve please?

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liparig
liparig e2 Member 10233 forum postsliparig vcard United States
12 Oct 2010 - 11:40 PM

lovely portrait

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xxtessxx
xxtessxx e2 Member 4xxtessxx vcard United Kingdom
13 Oct 2010 - 10:39 AM

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 ?

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Alvar
Alvar e2 Member 7Alvar vcard France2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2010 - 12:50 PM

Beautiful gentle portrait.
Alvar

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 487 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2010 - 2:54 PM

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.
Phil

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CathR
CathR e2 Member 7139 forum postsCathR vcard United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2010 - 3:22 PM

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.

Best wishes

Catherine

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