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The first of my latest set of images taken in a studio.

This was one largish softbox to camera left, slightly angled. And a large floor fan to create the movement in the hair. Nothing else.

Now, I am probably going to get criticism, and thats cool, I invite it as long as its constructive. I only will learn this way. But I am also telling you now......I LOVE THIS DAMN PHOTO!!! I am SO chuffed with this. I tried for this image and I got it, first shot. I am really, really pleased with this. So, although I am pretty sure its not perfect and I am sure people can point these things out, thats fine with me. I need to see how much better this image can get. But even as it is, I am more than happy with this. Please let me know what you think. I am expecting very few comments and votes....seems to be the way. I could point to another image very similar to this that has been posted recently that I know has loads of votes and comments....and I personally think this is a good, even if I say so myself! Wink lol! So, we will see how things work..... Wink

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
30 Nov 2010 11:55PM
looking good JB, nicely framed too

the fan moving her hair is a great touch


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johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 11:59PM
Thanks Diana! Started to get to use a bit more of the studio now and she is ridiculously pretty (my hairdresser, believe it or not lol), so had to make the best of her! Lol! Glad you like it Smile
miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 12:19AM
Lou_Pink 9 4 6 Northern Ireland
1 Dec 2010 12:34AM
Two lovely portraits, stunning

1 Dec 2010 4:12AM
Great look. Nice model.
cdn_stu 7 2 1 Canada
1 Dec 2010 4:40AM
I like this shot a lot. Great use of space and framing. Very nice lighting. I prefer the colour version (V1) over the B&W. Great shot.
1 Dec 2010 6:30AM
Actually I like this shot a lot as well. I also prefer the colour version. Nice compo and well lit. Great expression on her face, it works very well. As Diana says, the fan makes a nice touch. David
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 7:21AM
Thank you guys, thats really kind of you all. Glad you like it as much as I do! Smile
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 8:55AM
I like the colour version. Nice image.

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 8:59AM
Thanks Steve! Smile
User_Removed 9 1 8 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 9:29AM
whoa, dude!! You've nailed the lighting, it's beautiful.. right down to the catchlight in her eyes. The angle, her expression, all spot on. Bother versions are winners, but I like v1 most. Excellent.

agean 14 3 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 9:31AM
your pleased with it and so am i,great shot Johnny,the movement in her hair works well,v1 for me.
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 9:45AM
Coming from you two guys, thats really high compliments indeed! Thank you fellas, really means a lot! Appreciated and glad you like it!
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 11:42AM
Hey Johnny i love this image, but it has to be the colour version, wish my hairdressed look like this.

I would try to add just a little more light on the hair when you have another go, but that is just nit picking, i could live with this on the wall.

Well done Johnny.
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 11:46AM
Thanks Tony, really appreciated. Yeah, we tried lighting the hair a little, but my skill didn't really go that far in terms of placement and how to actually meter it....I really need to go on a lighting course. Also, and this is no excuse, the studio is VERY small, yet has 4 main Bowens lights with big softboxes and modifiers in it and believe it or not, it can actually work against you, especially when you can't gobo anything to stop light spill when lighthing things not on the model.....its a crap compromise, I know, but at least I get to play about with models and lights, so its all good practice. This was shot with just one large(ish) softbox, so can totally see where you are coming from. Next time, hopefully will have a bit more time to play about. But glad you like it! A large compliment coming from you! Smile
DaveGu 11 1 1 England
1 Dec 2010 12:16PM
Looks good to me

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 12:19PM
Thank you Dave! Smile
User_Removed 9 1 8 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 1:15PM

Quote:Bother versions are winners.....

'bother versions'?!?!?! ...... think I'm losing it!

Johnny, I use barn doors or a snoot (in addition to one main large softbox) to light the hair for portrait shots. You can find loads of very helpful lighting setup diagrams online, and if you're lucky enough to have 4 Bowens lights to play with... well... play on mate!
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 1:47PM
Yeah, I don't think the studio I am using has a snoot, but I will have a rummage around next time and see what I can find. Would be a good use, I did think about that, but its a college studio, so you can imagine what the "students" do to the equipment! lol! me thinking now......
DaveGu 11 1 1 England
1 Dec 2010 2:36PM

If you nick a road cone and cut the bottom off so it fits the flash head and the cut the top off a couple of inch down you have an instant snoot.

The rubber type of cone are best...already black on the inside.

I've used one for years and it works a treat.

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 2:44PM
lol! Dave, thats genius! I wonder what the "keeper of the studio" would say if I came in with that?!! lol! Love that idea, might have a go. Its dead easy to make snoots for flashguns, I have loads, but never thought of that Wink

Cheers for the idea. I am not back in there for a couple of weeks now, so will give me time to have a look around.....with all this snow about, BOUND to be traffic cones somewhere.... Smile
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 4:55PM
So be chuffed with it ! deserves it.....don't change a single pixel, 'cos it's a stunner....1st class piece of work !
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 5:20PM
Cheers Keith! Glad you like it! Appreciated!
1 Dec 2010 6:56PM
i dont know which image i like more now.. this or todays upload!
well done.
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 7:08PM
I like this too Johnny, wel lit and like the use of empty space.

Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 7:30PM
You captured her wistful expression well Johhny , sweeping hair , not contrived , well balanced and shes well fit !
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 9:17PM
Thanks guys, appreciate the feedback and yeah, she is very pretty Smile And a lovely person to boot too!
Rapido57 8 1 England
1 Dec 2010 10:47PM
Absolutely gorgeous portrait photograph, very pleasing on the eye with no distractions. Like the composition, the hair, the eyes, the lot! An inspiration to all those of us yet to try their hand at portraits. Excellent!

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2010 10:50PM
Thank you very, very much Paul, thats extremely flattering considering I still think of myself as still learning! Really appreciated!
2 Dec 2010 2:22PM
hay John, it seems yoju were wrong, the picture got many votes and comments, which is only natural as it is a wonderful portrait!
I realy like the composition, her looking just ubove the camera, not into the lens, and her hair is just great! I love the effect of the wind.
I like both but the colour version is my favourite.
do you have your own studio? if not i think it would be the right time to have one, you have become a professional studio photographer in my opinion, looking back I can see the improvements in your portraits, especialy the lighting
very well done
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 2:28PM
Hey Paola

Thank you so much! Really appreciate your comments, thats very kind of you.

I wish I DID have my own studio, unfortunately, thats something thats a bit out of my price range at the moment! Wink lol! I have had the use of a college studio for a few weeks, but thats coming to an end very soon, so won't be getting the chance to do more of this kind of stuff for a while,. But I do intend to get out and do some location flash work, so hopefully might be able to get some really nice off camera flash pictures sometime soon.

Glad you like this though Smile I realise my style hasn't really stood still, but actually, I don't mind that. Means I can have a go at most things....bit like yourself actually! Smile
Orinoco 9 7 1 England
3 Dec 2010 9:02PM


A1 for me in colour, bloomin marvelous tones

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2010 9:34PM
Thanks Adrian! lol! Made me laugh! Glad you like it! Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 Dec 2010 12:33PM
Like this John, well worked.
Again sorry I missed it.
Regards Richard
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2010 12:41PM
No problem Richard, just glad you like it Smile Appreciated
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2010 9:59PM
beautiful...... such a lovely natural model, love the comp/crop and the lighting so perfectly controlled

fab Smile
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2010 10:10PM
Thanks Jo. Lovely comment from someone like yourself and very much appreciated Smile
SugarDJ 9 1 England
8 Dec 2010 9:31PM
Beautifully done!

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2010 9:35PM
Thanks Smile
26 Dec 2010 5:30PM
Very nice shot and work.

Merry Christmas,

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2010 11:10PM
Thanks Carsten and hope you are having a good holiday too Smile
Iain_C 9 2 3 Scotland
13 Jan 2011 4:21PM
Great portrait set Johnny,
I've only tried the black bacground a couple times myself and always manage to mess it up and get a grey background instead.

Well done,

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 5:30PM
Thanks Iain, very kind of you. The black background was actually a grey one to be honest. Its actually all about distance from the background and feathering the light away from it. My model was about 6 feet away and the power of the light was quite low and as she was at right angles to the back wall, the light was naturally feathered away from it, also virtually at right angles, so there was little light hitting the background. With the sync speed of the flash at about 1/200th, its pretty much black. I haven't touched the background at all in post. Grey on the other hand, if you look at some of the pics from other models I have taken, can actually look really, really good if its lit correctly. Its very "in vogue" with fashion shots in magazines at the moment, so stick with it.....get it perfected and you will be on to something! Smile

Thanks again Iain, really appreciated! Smile
Iain_C 9 2 3 Scotland
13 Jan 2011 5:49PM
Thanks for the advice Johnny, i think i had my models way too close to the backgound and my shutter speed too low with light pointing towards the bacground rather than away.
Having said that i haven't got the space to have the model 6ft away from the background i think i will try feathering the light away from the background and bumping up the shutter speed like you have suggested and see how that looks using the black background.

Thanks again

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 6:02PM
No worries Ian, I may have even exaggerated with the distance to be honest. Was a very small studio, even though well equipped. I would always shoot at your sync speed indoors and then you can control the light on the model with just the aperture and flash power then. You can use the longer shutter speed when you want to bring more of the background into play with the light. You probably already know this, but aperture controls exposure of the light, the shutter speed controls the ambient....just in case, you know... lol! Wink And the light...make sure its directional. An umbrella won't work as they are pretty much light grenades and spill light everywhere. If you use softboxes, flag them to make sure the background stays dark. Other than that, have a play.

I am pretty sure you know all of please, tell me to bugger off if you do! lol! Wink
Iain_C 9 2 3 Scotland
13 Jan 2011 6:47PM
I'm still learning Johnny so i don't mind when people go over things even if i know some of them already, it just reaffirms it in your mind.
I have two soft boxes, a kickerlite and a beauty dish and 4 umbrellas but i never use the umbrellas.
My D700 Sync speed is 1/250max so i'll try 1/200 and 1/250 to avoid light spilling onto the background and into the lense.
Flags i don't have because i've been using a lastolite Hi-Lite for a pure white background, so thats something i'll have to look into.

Thanks again for the advice Grin
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 7:02PM
Blimey you have more than the studio I was using lol! No worries Iain. You already seem to have things I check. A few things to play around with I guess so look forward to seeing the results! Good luck......oh and nice camera! Smile
Iain_C 9 2 3 Scotland
13 Jan 2011 7:15PM
Yeah i've built up a decent portable studio over the last year and a bit and i'm running out of room to store it all lol
I have a couple of shoots over the next few weeks so won't get a chance to try till the misses is off for a few days at the end of the month but i'll let you know if i manage to get some on before then.

Thenks RE: the camera i had a D90 before i got the D700 but felt i had to upgrade if i want to try making some money back in future.
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2011 7:54PM
Yeah, know the feeling on storage! Good luck with the shoots...and know the feeling with the camera as well. The Pentax just wasn't working for me for what I needed anymore, so sold the lot and defected to Canon and bought a thing I have done. Pentax was lovely, but the 7D? Different league!

Look forward to your shots!
Iain_C 9 2 3 Scotland
13 Jan 2011 8:12PM
Not too clued up on Cannon cameras so had to google your 7D.
Impressive looks like a fantastic bit of kit Smile
I often wonder if i made the right decision going with Nikon but they say you should always go to a shop and hold the cameras your thinking about to see which one feels right to hold, i did and thats why i went Nikon lol
alexanderL 12 3
24 Jan 2011 9:19PM
nice shot well composed excellent exposure prefer the colour ver
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2011 9:41PM
Thank you very much!
Tandberg 15 1.2k 2 England
16 Feb 2011 5:56PM
id marry her in an instant
do you ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,shut up vicar i do just get it over with
Smile kiss kiss kiss
off on honeymoon,but its all a dream im an ugly sod, she's real attractive and wouldnt look at me twice and the blokes are beating down her door i bet

Love it
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 6:15PM
lol! You mad banana! lol! I have no idea how old you are, but you are old enough to be her Dad probably! lol! She is only "about" 24 (I am not actually sure) and my hairdresser! She is still single as far as I know and I have a feeling she doesn't actually realise how damn pretty she is! Very quiet, quietly spoken, really nice can try you best fella! Wink

But glad you like the image...I think! lol! Cheers dude, best laugh of the day! Smile
Tandberg 15 1.2k 2 England
16 Feb 2011 6:57PM
im only 21 +20 lol
no she is gorgeous though
I dont have a hairdesser baldies have no call for one
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 7:02PM
Lol! A good age! Nearly there myself! Lol! And yeah she is quite beautiful and more so BECAUSE she doesn't realise it! I could recommend a head massage from her if you can't get the hair done? Wink
16 Feb 2011 7:10PM
the color version is very nice, and she looks like Greta Scacchi
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 7:12PM
Yeah!!! Good point, she does doesn't she? Never noticed that before, but you're bang on!
User_Removed 8 10 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2011 2:58PM
This is my most fav of your wonderful PF, Love every thing about it. Beautiful eyes too
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2011 3:04PM
Wow, thanks Dave! Really appreciate the lovely comment! Smile
miked70 9 225 3 South Africa
1 Mar 2011 8:50AM
I like!!! most of my work will be around one light when i can love doing this type of work,most is with my beauty dish and grid
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2011 11:00AM
Thanks Dave, I also like a one light setup, but I need to practice more on multi light ones. Glad you like it! Smile
miked70 9 225 3 South Africa
1 Mar 2011 11:37AM
i only use more lights for high key
ok sometimes i use two
Zilba 8 4 South Africa
3 Apr 2011 5:16PM
stunning image, brilliant portfolio.

best regards
South Africa
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 6:02PM
Thank you Zil, very kind of you to say! Smile
Mjhearne 11 432 4 Scotland
19 May 2011 12:44PM
A fantastic portrait! Composition works well for me and great skin tones!

Nice work!

johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 12:50PM
Thank you Matthew, really appreciate your comment! Glad you like it!
March5 6 Georgia
1 Nov 2011 4:55PM
Beautiful lookSmile
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2011 5:20PM
Thank you Smile

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