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05/02/2012 - 3:12 PM


SmileNice work, and like the post processing treatment. Perhaps a little more fill light camera right to balance detail on the left and right arms.
30/08/2011 - 11:55 PM

I want to be out there

I want to be out thereShots like this are difficult because the dynamic range difference between shadow areas and higlights can either cause the highlights to blow or the shadows to contain no detail. The end result is subjective and down to creative intent. In this case if you had exposed, or compensated for the shadow area of the skin it may have given you the result that you wanted.

The Canon 350D may well suffer with noise at higher ISO's, and handling it in post is probably the best way to mange it. Noise generally is worse in shadow areas.

Another tip is to take an exposure of the shadow area and the higlights on the skin, and if there are within 2 stops differnce you can likley get away with exposing for the shadows without blowing out the highlights on the skin.

Hope it helps
11/04/2011 - 4:57 PM

Armadillo, Glasgow

Armadillo, GlasgowPotentially a "wow" shot. Would have been nice to shoot just after sunset so that the sky was blue. The building left of frame detracts from the "armadillo". so would crop it.
27/02/2011 - 12:28 PM


Egg-actlyThis may work for better separation:

Meter the rear of the egg, with the dome pointing towards the backdrop. There should be at least a 1/2 if not a full stop difference between the light falling on the front of the egg and the rear.

Personal preference would be to have a runny yolk, perhaps with it dribbling over.
22/02/2011 - 7:02 PM


MelLike the hair rim light, but the face seems under exposed. There also seems to be a red colour cast on part of the face. The bottom right corner of the frame distracts. Have uploaded a mod with a slight crop, and a high-key effect that has lightened the face.
20/02/2011 - 7:20 PM

Kez my wife

Kez my wifePosition the model at an angle to the camera (e.g shoulders at about 45 degrees to the camera) and have her face the camera, as this will be a more flattering position. Having her square on, can make her look "fuller" that she actually is.
19/02/2011 - 2:57 PM

Going down

Going downImage lacks sharpness and focus. May be down to a combination of handshake and being out of focus, as well as a shutter speed that is too slow to capture the action. Exposure seems slightly off too. Have uploaded a B&W mind with increased contrast, tonality and sharpness to better emphasise the combat. Also cloned out the white spot distractions on the wall.
15/02/2011 - 10:19 PM


JulieA further sharpen after down-sizing I find is sometimes needed. Really like the expression of the model, and the soft treatment, although, agree the post softening is a slightly too much and the skin has lost much of its natural texture. The smiling eyes, and the eyes themselves make this shot for me, a relaxed natural pose. Compositionally, and its a personal taste, I would have preferred the model placed more on a third, the hand looks somewhat awkward, and covers too much of the face and mouth, and placed centrally hides the neck, so it appears that the model has a stunted neck.

However it remains a really nice shot, and I am sure if the customer were paying, they would buy. In terms of post processing, it could all be tweaked in the next version that you do.
14/02/2011 - 9:00 PM

Julie and Beckie

Julie and BeckieOK. Thank you. You may find it useful to explain the lighting position (think of a 24hour clock and where each light was on the clock), the size of modifier that you used, and the angle of the lights (45 degree etc.).

Comments purely on the lighting:

The main lighting is probably harsh as its too far away, and the softbox may not have been large enough. General rule is the closer the light, the softer the light, and it should be no further away that 2.5 x the diagonal (i think). A way to judge a good lighting position is to have the catchlight appear at about 10 or 2 o'clock. In this shot position looks about right but much too central in the eye. Also be aware of the speculat high-light, in that reflectance of the white cardi is much brighter than the face. You should be able to use the modelling lights to see how the light falls. The secondary light seems a bit too bright causing blow out of some of the hair, as as both models are looking in different directions it just seems a bit odd, to me.

However still a good shot, and the "customer" is happy with it, which is what really matters.

Hope it helps, and I am sure some more experienced studio togs will offer their advice too.
05/02/2011 - 4:43 PM

death of a tree

death of a treeImage is over-exposed. Am guessing that it was in heavy shadow, and the camera has compensated by over-exposing. Main issue is composition. Although the tree is in the centre of the frame it does not hold the main focus, and is lost against the backdrop of foliage behind. Would be worthwhile re-visiting, if you can, and try a few other perspectives.
04/02/2011 - 4:31 PM

Zara paint

Zara paintLike the shot. Its a shame that the strap marks are visible. Positioning of the hair light, I assume, looks like its spilling over to the model back causing slight overexposure. Might have cropped the shot so that the model is more in the left of the frame, and have negative space on the right.
30/01/2011 - 11:32 PM


...Fine shot. Being picky, as that is what I think you would want:

- Perhaps a little more space above the head
- Eyes slightly more central in their sockets
- Shooting down on the model, to make the nostrils flattering
- Soften the creases on the neck and cheek-bone
25/01/2011 - 4:23 PM

Red Bishop

Red BishopProbably pushing the capability of your camera/lens in this shot. You really need to be closer to the bird to show more detail. The eyes and head of the bird are barely discernible. Shot also lacks sharpness, it may be slightly out of focus, or the result of camera movement/shake. Compositionally the bird is in the centre of the frame, and would be better balanced if it were placed on a third (Rule of Thirds).
17/01/2011 - 8:31 PM

waiting girl

waiting girlBed stand shadow slightly distracts. Would try and reduce the highlights on the models corset. Models right hand looks like it is disconnected from the arm. Models left arm looks stiff. Butterfly on wall behind models head looks like a extension to the head. Models shoulders and pose is almost square on, making the model appear fuller in body. The blue toning seems to have lost, I assume, the union jack colours of the pillows behind.
15/01/2011 - 3:27 PM


SultryEye is drawn to the hair highlight camera left which is almost blown. Eyes are quite dilated, which is normal when shooting in dimly light areas, but leads to the centre of the eyes being mostly black. Lighting, camera right, could have been moved slightly higher so that the reflecting was at the 2 o'clock position (45 degree placement) which would have better light the top of the hair.

Overall though, still a very nice shot, and you have captured the sultry mood.
02/07/2010 - 7:47 PM

Quiet Contemplation

Quiet ContemplationJanet, this is lovely work. I am being picky in these comments, which should not detract from the quality of your work:

- RHS of the models cheek looks almost blow out
- Light falling on models shoulder distracts
- too much whites of the eye showing.
16/06/2010 - 8:06 PM


MehandiVery much like this shot. The focal point is the hands, but it has left the models eyes in soft focus. Using a more open aperture would have put the face and eyes out of focus, thereby emphasizing the hands, or a larger aperture would have put both hands and eyes in focus.
Portrait Test for the millionth time!
Quote: 80mm
ISO 800
Used a Fill Flash with diffuser cap and bounced of ceiling.

Room still dull, so used mini halogen floodlight placed on floor and pointing at ceiling.

Halogen floodlight would give a colour cast and mixed lighting with both the ambient and flash. Try reducing the shutter speed. Set the camera to rear curtain/slow sync. This will allow shutter speeds lower than 1/60th. With flash and a bit of practice you can take steady shots down to 1/30th or 1/15th
04/05/2010 - 7:40 PM

self portrait mmm mmm good

self portrait mmm mmm good
Quote: Yes - trying the flash out now and getting a bit exhausted from all the jumping.

Great way to keep fit Smile You can have fun for hours experimenting with the location of the flash, its power, and how its modified.

Few more things to try:

- Consider a clock face, and move the position of the flash around the clock face for each hour.
- Zoom the flash head out so that you get a beam of light
- Drag the shutter: that is start at say 1/250th, and reduce the shutter speed by a stop till you are down to 1/15th whilst using the flash
- Put some gels on the flash for colour
- Fire the flash through a white shower curtain or white bedspread.

I expect you can think of a few more things to do Smile
04/05/2010 - 4:49 PM

self portrait mmm mmm good

self portrait mmm mmm goodReally like this series. Some things to try next time, as its all about experimentation:

- Use a flash, which will help freeze movement
- Try multi-flash/strobe effects with the flash
-Bit more headroom at top of the frame. although I suspect you were almost hitting the ceiling Smile