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First Portrait

By Paul_Barr
I was at the Rowardennan meet today and the weather was not ideal for landscape photography.

David McGirr, McGoo kindly brought along an impressive array of studio lighting kit and we were able to do a bit of indoor stuff.

Thanks to David and to Chris Roberts for all the advice and thanks Chris for sitting for this one.

1/160 sec @ f14. Focal length 95mm.

Various brollies, softboxes and a honeycomb snoot were used triggered by a pocket wizard. All new stuff to me!



Tags: Portraits and people

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keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
11 Mar 2006 9:59AM
Always thought Chris had a very photogenic

A lot of lighting going on here with it actually doing anything and as a result his eyes are dead.

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11 Mar 2006 10:02AM
Thanks Keith. It was my first sight of studio lighting and I realised just how much there is to learn regarding this.

philipr Plus
12 392
11 Mar 2006 10:11AM
I know nothing about studio lightening so could be no help to you. It does seem dark on the left side though but at least the right side doesnt look unnaturally lit.
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
11 Mar 2006 10:18AM
I don't mind this kind of lighting, although a reflector wouldn't have gone amiss and probably a hair light. Maybe there was too many lights, you know what they say about too many cooks!! However I think it is a good shot as it stands, so a "click" from me
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
11 Mar 2006 10:37AM
Not a bad pic for a first go. Maybe just a little more light in the eye`s.
11 Mar 2006 11:30AM
Well done Paul, wondered when the first from the 'playing' would appear.

mipettin Plus
13 884 2 Scotland
11 Mar 2006 11:39AM
Needs a reflector to bounce light into the left eye as we look at it. Also being a nit you've lost his left ear a touch. All new to me too - brollys and softboxes but the face and eyes need more light. Cheers, Martin
11 Mar 2006 12:09PM
I have no idea when it comes to portraiture either but as a first attempt it is certainly worth of a click for effort.

Mark :o)
you might want to check out a book by Bill Hurter put out by Amherst Media, it is a book about children's portriature called Children's portrait photography, but on pg. 27 there is diagrams of different lighting set ups and the book covers a bit of examples on lighting techniques both indoor and out, it's very helpful.You can also try pointing one of your lights towards the ceiling to help eliminate shadowing.nice first attempt here though.and practice shall make perfect;0)
croberts Plus
13 2.2k 8 Ireland
12 Mar 2006 5:14AM

...goes off to search cards for a pic of paul...
12 Mar 2006 8:56AM
Thanks for the comments, advice and mods folks. Perhaps a little more practice required.

Chris, sorry mate. I'll take it down if you don't like it. You didn't get any of me, did you?

IanO Plus
15 195 Scotland
15 Mar 2006 12:48AM
Like me, its not easy the first time in a studio setup, and I think this is a fine effort, and all we can do is take the advice of the experts on how to impove things.


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