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By CaptivePhotons  
Practising with my lights. My eldest daughter agreed to be the subject. Taken with all the furniture in the front room piled up behind me!

Tags: Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
15 Mar 2008 9:50PM
Nice shot. Loaded a mod, - background colour is too much like the shirt and a little overpowering, desaturated a little, crop for eyes on thirds.

Carabosse 18 41.8k 270 England
16 Mar 2008 12:20AM
I've tried to give a slightly warmer look to the skin in the mod I've uploaded.
Nabs 13 India
16 Mar 2008 6:36AM
what do u think about my modification?
CaptivePhotons 18 1.7k 2 England
16 Mar 2008 7:05AM
Thanks for the modifications and comments. I see what you mean about the shirt and background being too similar. Of the three (4 including mine), I think CB's is probably the most pleasing. Not sure about the psychedelic look from Nabs though.

Thanks again, Graham.
16 Mar 2008 11:27PM
I like the way the shirt and background are quite similar, doing this has allowed the face and hair to stand out taking the viewers main focus to the correct place. The skin tone of the face could do with a small amount of saturation to stop the face looking slightly washed out. Where her hair ends on the right it looks like you blurred it in Photoshop a little too much. I really like the way you have made the hair appear with a nice tone lighting also the sharpness of the hair gives a nice effect. Very good work.
CaptivePhotons 18 1.7k 2 England
19 Mar 2008 8:28PM
Thanks Smitholi and Chris for the the advice.
28 Dec 2008 3:35AM
I love the way you light the eyes. my favorite lighting style is loop lighting. In this case you would want the face turned torward the main light, possibly add some hair light. The photo is lovely did you brighten eyes in photoshop? The background may be a little busy
you might try moving subject farther from background.
28 Dec 2008 3:42AM
I have studied youtube and watched lighting tutorials. They are incredible teaching tools. I love the eyes how did you get the m light like that Did you use a soft box.
CaptivePhotons 18 1.7k 2 England
1 Jan 2009 3:13PM
Hi Eric

Thanks for the comments, I used two softboxes on my lights and I have to admit to cheating on the eyes in Photoshop. I was unable to get more room due to space constraints, but I know what you mean.

3 Jan 2009 12:06AM
I have read about an incredible lighting set up on shutterbug magazine called nailed down lighting.
For limited space constraints a white muslin is tacked to the ceiling
in the corner in an L shape hangs all the way to the floor. The lighting is consistent and he uses it for senior portraits. The article is written by Steve Bedel you may not win awards with the lighting,
howver I am going to give it a try.

There are several articles from Monte Zucker one of my favorite portrait artists
3 Jan 2009 12:14AM
I need to calibrate my light meter any suggestions.
I am looking into doing more outdoor portraits with on location slave flash units. I am finally starting to understand lighting due to my studies in youtube. Emule allows you to download free books I have found them helpful.

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