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Self portrait studio test, May 2014.

By mwoods      


1/125S, F9.0, ISO 800, YN560-III 1/64 CAMERA RIGHT 7 FOOT HIGH, YN460-II 1/1 BEHIND SUBJECT.

Tags: Test Flash Studio Monochrome B and w Portraits and people Yongnuo

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Coast 8 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
21 May 2014 6:44AM
For this style of portrait this is missing an important ingredient. It needs a little catchlight in both pupils to bring some life and sparkle. As it is it looks a little flat and lifeless.

It can be enough to use a small reflector to push some light towards the face and for the eyes to pick up the reflection of the reflector. You can add catchlights in processing quite easily with a small soft paintbrush set to white and low opacity to dot in. Good to get your lighting right in camera however.

Otherwise a worthwhile test. Did you achieve what you set out to do?

mwoods 12 21 United Kingdom
21 May 2014 9:42AM
Cheers, Peter! Cheers, Paul!

Yes, you're right Paul - I'll try another with a reflector and one with a third flash to compare.

I'm pretty pleased with the results I'm getting. Things are a lot easier with my Sekonic L308S lightmeter - I feel I have a lot more control over the lighting now. Just need to remember to include things like catchlights now!

Thanks for the advice - it is much appreciated!


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