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By paulashby
Hired a studio for 2 hours plus makeup by the time we set up and m/up was done we had 55 minutes to shoot, don't think
we did too bad, I wanted to try a rim light technique with 2 long softboxes behind pointing towards Sophie at 45 degree
angle and facelight was a beauty dish with honeycomb above and slightly to the right of shooting position.

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: simont, franfoto, accipiter and 11 more

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franfoto 10 2 32 England
1 Aug 2011 4:09PM
Lovely lighting, tones and great eyes.


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1 Aug 2011 4:16PM
Like the pose, contact and smile but think I would reduce the exposure - some of the skin areas (Eg. left and left upper arm) are a bit bright and slightly burnt out. I think a couple of stops down might have improved the effect of the rim lighting. I am not an expert on this stuff but that is my humble opinion. Have you tried taking it down in software to see what happens? A
paulashby 9 10 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2011 5:03PM
Must admit I underexposed the lighting by about 1.5 stops and it was very dark, so I thought I'd liven it up a bit in P/shop but see what you mean it has kind of lost the effect I was going for, will have a look at a few of the others to see what can be done, thanks for the comment and yours franfoto
Aggers 9 2 1 Guernsey
1 Aug 2011 6:04PM
Your attention to detail certainly paid off, lovely portrait.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2011 6:23PM
Rim lighting looks fine - it even looks okay when it's intentionally burned out, if that's the look that you want.
I have experienced similar occasions with MUA taking 2.5hrs but luckily that was a location so I wasn't paying studio time.
I think it's a great shot - the rimlighting lifts the subject off the dark bg which gives the image more depth.
paulashby 9 10 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2011 9:55PM
Thanks arhb just checked more of your stuff and very impressed with it, you have some stunning images here, and thanks also Dave for your comment.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2011 10:08PM
Thanks Paul Smile
My suggestion to you would be to buy a manequin from ebay, that will enable you to experiment with lighting set-ups. It's a lot cheaper than using models/mua's etc while your playing. Then, once you have a couple of light set-ups that you like, go to the studio, use a model with some experience with posing - pay if necessary, and use the mua - you'll get some great results.
Best of luck Smile

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