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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

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franfoto 9 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 8 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 8 2 1 Guernsey
1 Aug 2011 6:04PM
Your attention to detail certainly paid off, lovely portrait.
arhb 9 3.3k 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 8 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 9 3.3k 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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