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Joanne 2

By bulldozer  
First of a few from a series of shots I took yesterday with a good friend on mine, Joanne. She'd never modelled before, though I've done previous portrait sessions with her and her family before. We had a great session and lots of fun trying things out. Will post some more over the coming days hopefully.

Used my new backdrop system set up in a living room and lit the shots with my Elinchrom Dlite2's and another couple of Elinchrom 250's on the background.

Really pleased with the results from those I've gone through so far. Hope you like them too and constructive comments / crit is very welcome.

Thansk for looking,

Tags: Portrait Woman Studio Nikon d300 Fashion Elinchrom Red dress Dlite Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2008 9:54AM
Some quick comments for improvement.
Biggist problem that stirkes me straight away, she's standing straight but she is leaning over! Easily fixed by rotating in PS.
The pose looks akward, like she doesnt quite know what to do with her arms. I think you need to explore more natural poses, arms and hands are always tricky. She has a great figure, I think you could make more of this. I think her half smile looks a bit false, build a repport with the model and get her to really relax. A big smile helps.
Try Making her laugh and take the photo a split second later when she hasnt had time to 'pose'
There is rather uneven lighting, ie too much on her chest and not enough on her face. You are also getting glare from the background, I suggest you move the model further away from the background, or turn the background lighting down or angle it differently.

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oneill 10 155 Ireland
29 Sep 2008 10:11AM
beautiful,,keep upthe goodwork,,pays in the end,,the more you put in the more you reap,,,,
bulldozer 11 100 England
29 Sep 2008 4:24PM
Thanks for the very helpful comments Martin (Stix). I know what you mean about the angle but I had actually deliberately rotated the camera to give that slightly off vertical effect. The shot before that one was with her dead vertical. Might post that original one in a day or so to see if you think it's better.

The main light I was using at the time was one of my Dlite's with a softbox off to camera left and up high, with a reflector on a boom to the right and at about 45 degrees to her, to bounce some light back on her. I had 2x 250w elinchroms on the background (one either side) and we were shooting on the set up in her front living room so I was pushing it to get her much further away from the backgorund and closer to me unfortunately - the areas we had to play with wasn't much bigger than 3m x 3.5m I'd say.

The poses we were trying out were ones she'd seen in magazines and from a series of poses I'd downloaded from this site when someone posted a link. Have got some more relaxed poses from later in the session as we both got used to working with each other. To be honest, I was really impressed with how well the poses came together seeing as this was the first time she'd ever done anything like this and it was my first real attempt at a more 'fashion' type shoot. My direction is something I feel I definitely need to work on but I guess that will hopefully come with experience.

I'm probably not helped with the post processing at the mometn as my Huey Pro calibration device has died (see the thread from last week about the problems with these) and I'm waiting for my replacement. Have got my screen calibrated manually at the mo so things are a bit hit and miss! Will be hopefully fixed soon though.

Will have a look through your p/f in detail when I'm home later on as there look to be some great shots and plenty of inspiring ideas to try out another time.

Thanks again,
stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2008 4:37PM
3 x 3.5 that is quite cramped. You did well. In that sort of space you would save yourself alot of problems by using a black background.

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