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By jjpix  
Trying some new lighting techniques with Laura
I'm struggling a bit to be honest, all critique and tips welcome

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 12:10PM
I like it well done..


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jjpix 6 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 12:40PM
Thanks Dave
I dont know why but voting has been disabled, not sure if ive done something wrong or ???
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 12:49PM
Works really well.

jjpix 6 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 1:03PM
Thanks KenGrin
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 1:51PM
Voting is always disabled when posting in Critique Galley.
Looks good to me, shadow on one side under chin, is this caused by hand holding camera?
jjpix 6 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 2:07PM
Ahhh is it, right thank you, i know now.
Yes i think her hand is causing that
Thanks Ian GrinGrinGrin
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
22 Nov 2012 2:46PM
CG is not where votes are allowed, just critiques, - will drop by later.

arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 5:33PM
So you mention your trying new lighting techniques,
and that you're struggling a bit -
can you explain or elaborate on this?
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 5:59PM
I like this. Looks like standardfront lit glamour lighting, softboxes and/or brollies. I would crop tighter personally but this is good. Could try standard portrait lighting, but this is better I think. (Main ligh 45 degrees left and high on one side, half power fill on other at head height, hair light and rim light, maybe?)

jjpix 6 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 6:53PM
It was a ring flash in front at 45 with a brolly, shot onto a white sheet with a modelling lamp behind the sheet
My lighting has been awful, shadows everywhere, making models orange etc
Trying hard and improving little by little Grin
Thanks for the critique guys, really appreciate it
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
22 Nov 2012 7:23PM
Dont see a lot wrong with the lighting. Can you tell us what you see wrong?

Why arent you shooting in RAW, and are you calibrating the lighting white balance?

I can say that the shot lacks sharpness, but that might just be that you forgot to sharpen it between the re sizing and the uploading?

The style you are using will give a look with no light modelling, no shadows, the so called beauty lighting as Paul says above. It can be a little flat and featureless, - but it has its benefits also. Standard portrait can give a lot more character and detail in the face. This is an improvement on earlier shots, so if youve used the same lighting, I would say its improving.

As for the rest, other than sharpness, you could tone down some highlights in her hair, slightly alteration in colour balance for skin tones, otherwise nice.

Uploaded a quick mod with the tweaks done.


Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 8:24AM

Quote:Thanks Dave
I dont know why but voting has been disabled, not sure if ive done something wrong or ???

Better to be in here where voting is always disabled, but where you will learn a great deal if you wish to. As you say 'you are struggling' so if you wish it help is at hand in this gallery.

I won't add to the above as probably you wish to be elsewhere, but should you return you will always find good and constructive help from all sorts of members with many years of experience. You do need to describe what you are doing and what processing you are using to get the best out of critique.

I will say though, at quick galnce this is a super shot and well produced.

jjpix 6 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 7:02PM
Thanks Frank
dudler Plus
14 700 1339 England
29 Nov 2012 2:39PM
I agree with Paul - a fractionally tighter crop (losing the underarm gap, and havign less space at the sides, but without cropping the hair at all) would be good.

Lighting is better than fine: excellent. Shadows are meant to be there, and the slight one caused by the camera is not a problem.

However, there's an overall slightly plasticky feel to the picture, and I suspect this is a result of my Photoshop allergy... Others may positively like the odd textures this gives (and takes away), but for me it risks looking like an airbrush painting rather than a photograph. But this is, I know, a matter of taste and fashion. And I have no intention of "getting with the program" - I believe less is still more!
jjpix 6 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 5:43PM
Thanks for your comments Dudler Grin

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