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Red Roses.

By barefootwill
One of the first images from a small studio shoot that took place on Monday. The background has been slightly darkened and the image has had a few very minor adjustments to make the red 'pop' out a little more and add a little tone.

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting Humour and fun


Nick_w Plus
12 4.3k 99 England
28 Feb 2013 6:53PM
When I look at this two things stand out, that its not sharp anywhere, and the hair is burnt out on the rhs.

You tag it as flas lighting, which surprises me. You use a shutter speed of 1/400 sec, which is much faster than the sync curtain on most (all?) cameras, typically 1/250 sec.

Using an aperture of 3.5 gives very little room for error, until you are comfortable, I would stick to F5.6 to F8. Normally I would say focus on the eyes, here I would break that role and do one of two things, either focus on the lips, or the finger tips (the later would be my choice, tho not everyone's) if you did this I would light the hands more than the body.

Now the lighting - the fall off is pretty dramatic, so I would guess bare light / flash, try adding a soft box or brolly.

I do like how the red peals pop.

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 9:33PM
Studio flash. Were they set to strobe or your shutter speed is wrong as already stated. For flash you could have used a smaller aperture with more power on the gun, but you already have over exposure on parts of her body. You need to crop in much tighter to face and hands and the image is not very sharp at all. Focusing I think.

All a bit negative. The idea is very good indeed and you just need to get back in there and rethink your technique.

NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 10:40PM
i like the idea, but yes its a bit soft and overbright in parts and there is too much of it, did a mod where i cropped a fair bit off, darkened down the model a bit and since its not really sharp enough i added a bit of glamour glow.

its a great idea and id stick with it and you will have a really good shot
1 Mar 2013 1:37PM
Thank you everyone for feedback, a lot of things to consider.

I actually completely forgot about sync-speeds at the time, everything was a little rushed. Not having a proper studio available, a friend and I actually booked a dance studio for a couple of hours with a model who was willing to do some TFP work. As I don't have a light meter I was using test shots to guess the lighting, but it's hard to judge just by the cameras preview. This setup had one flash on the high-right with a gold umbrella and a second light almost front-on (aprox. 1 stop lower power) with a 50x70 soft box. Reflector on the left side, although the reflector should have probably been a little closer.

Hopefully I'll be able to book somewhere I can do a similar setup and see what I can improve on.
Paintman Plus
13 1.3k 177 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 7:41PM
The mod is a crop to the parts where there is something interesting happening and trying to sort out the burnt out parts of the photo.

I would suggest using a large reflector on the left side of the photo to bounce light into the shadow areas of the model. This will partially equalize the dynamic range between the shadows and highlights. If you're using a shutter speed of 1/400th then it seems the flash is set to high speed sych mode. Not a bad thing, but you need to control the intensity of the flash by dialling in some -ve FEC.

It's possible that a weaker fill light behind the model on the opposite side to the main light would help to create more shape to the model's right shoulder and hair.

paskinmj 10 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 3:56AM
Nice capture.
9 Mar 2013 7:24PM

Quote:Nice capture.

Thank you Smile

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