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By Philo  
Another of Sam from a McFade Training workshop, this time in a newly refurbished office block in the centre of Leeds. This was taken around the time I switched from shoot-through brolly to silver reflective brolly so not certain which it is. Single SB700 flash camera right and strong natural light from the left.
Any feedback most welcome.

Tags: Musician Strobist Saxaphone Fireplace Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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NaturesHaven 8 283 6 England
19 Jul 2012 7:18PM
Lots of Sax appeal..........WinkWinkWink Sorry but I don't critique or mod any images (except my own), I just wanted to say I like this and the background lets the subject be the prime focus of this image....Smile

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Philo 9 99 83 England
19 Jul 2012 7:43PM
Thanks Julia, that's sort of critique and Sax appeal would be a better title.
Davesumner 13 28 300 Australia
20 Jul 2012 12:23AM
Hi Phil,

Great subject, nice image, sharp and a nice plain background. However, if there is anything I would suggest getting rid of the shadow on the left side. I can see that you've lit this with a light source from the right side, obviously it isn't like that horrid harsh shadow from an on camera flash but I'm not a lover of shadows in this type of shot and for me the shadow keeps grabbing my attention as dark patch on what is nice white wall. I think that you could have moved the subject to left side of the image and a metre or two away from the wall and the shadow problem would have gone away. I realise that he wouldn't be able to lean on the mantle but it might be better than the shadow.

I've uploaded a mod where I removed the shadoq just as a reference for my comments.

just my thoughts anyway and I hope they help

Focus_Man 9 481 631 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 9:24AM
Hi Phil

I am afraid I am going to be different (so what is new you ask?) the quality of the picture is unquestionable so don't fret and I do realise that this is a workshop work of art, what I don't like is the overall effect to the viewer who sees the picture as a stand-alone work. I am not keen on the stark backdrop of just a fireplace and nothing else and would have liked to have seen a background in keeping with what is happening. Failing that, an adorned fireplace and wall paper lining the walls to make it a more homely picture. presently it looks like a picture has been taken in a 'new-build' house which is not quite ready for occupation.

I aplogise for my negativity in this regard but I repeat as a workshop shot, it is really excellent work.

Philo 9 99 83 England
20 Jul 2012 10:03AM
Dave, thanks for the mod and an interesting comment regarding the shadow. I personally don't mind it but it would be a good challenge to try to shoot this without the shadow, whilst keeping him in the same position.
Philo 9 99 83 England
20 Jul 2012 10:09AM
No need to apologise, Frank. We all see things differently so it is good to get alternative viewpoints. Unfortunately the office used for this exercise was a sea of white which is why I chose the fireplace as a backdrop. I too much prefer the subject to be in more pleasant surroundings.
See my previous Upload that was taken after this when we ventured outside.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
20 Jul 2012 4:05PM
Nice work Phil. I like the pose, and the minimalist background works for me.

Some of the usual you expect from me, - too much red in skin tone and the sax; the image has a horizontal perspective issue, - the top of the fireplace is level, but the bottom is lower on the right than the left, - corrected in the mod.


Philo 9 99 83 England
20 Jul 2012 9:47PM
Thanks Willie, the perspective correction in your mod works really well.
Eviscera 13 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 10:39PM
That is well borin Phil !

Id ask for for a refund from the tutor and get him to read up on how not to do camp poses and soften his softbox haha.

Mind you , shooting against a plain white b.g makes it well easy to extract and replace ideas Smile

Philo 9 99 83 England
21 Jul 2012 6:09AM
Okay Dave, I will sack Ade then come to see youWink
It's certainly a great mod but how the hell do I do that?
I think you need to put a tutorial togetherTongue
Focus_Man 9 481 631 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2012 8:49AM

Quote:I think you need to put a tutorial togetherTongue

I wholeheartedly agree, I would love to know how to do that.


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