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By Sillu
I went to shoot a company that they offered to every one to take a shoot at there models..
I used my soft box 120 by 120 cm .
I have put my soft box to my left is it to harsh the light on the face ? the model didn't complain about it but I want your opinion..

Tags: Vintage Vintage car Portraits and people


GrinGrinGrinGrin Nice work
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
7 Feb 2018 11:08PM
Is the softbox one with a permanent on light, or a flash stobe?
Sillu 5 Malta
8 Feb 2018 6:48AM
Its a speed light ,
Sillu 5 Malta
8 Feb 2018 6:49AM
Thanks Smile
Robert51 11 7 106 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2018 8:25AM
Really like the shot and you have not over done it by trying to get too much of the car in the image. The main problem is the light and like Willie's great mod I would crop this out. Anything that pulls the eye away from the subject has to go.

The mod I wanted to go more for that vintage look. The did a simple S curve the pull the light and shadows together. Reduced the colour a little and then used a custom levels layers by pulling in both ends to 10 & 210. This will give a flatter look to the image. Just a few ideas hope they help.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2018 8:47AM
There is a good shot there, but no one has yet mentioned that it is not very sharp, and set piece work like this should be. You look at the face, and that is obviously soft when male portraiture, especially of this type, must be. Looks like movement to me - were you hand holding?

Were you the only photographer there? It looks like he was actually posing for someone else situated on your left. Eye contact would have been rather better.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
8 Feb 2018 12:02PM
I was going to mention that is quite soft, but Paul got there first.

Im not certain why; setting are decent, though his face is rather bright. I wonder, like Paul, if this was hand-held, and perhaps a bit of movement, either by you or the model, that a faster shutter would have helped with?

Its apparent that the main source of light is not the flash, as the area seems quite well lit overall.


pablophotographer 9 1.7k 384
8 Feb 2018 1:57PM
I did a mono conversion as I thought it suits the car, his clothes and the period in general.

I did have a little play with exposure and highlights but for me many things happen here which dampen the effect and they have absolutely nothing to do with the matter of sharpness. I will come on that issue later.

I do not mind the fact that the sitter doesn't look at you (which could be a viable option to shoot). The nature of this shot is casual thus it can be shot as a still from a film. But then it would have more suspense
if the model was glancing towards the left where the light comes from (a garage store entrance most likely).

The camera is set not quite as level and with all the horizontal and vertical lines casting some shadow of doubt there. Talking of the position, as the big diagonal steel wire from the top right points to his face, you could move further to the right and make his head appear where both the steel wires and the vertical protruding of the wall meet.

His car, or his ''supposed'' pride could be more visible too, from the slight move of yours to the right.

On the matter of softness now, well we have to keep in mind that at the time ''soft'' lenses were not uncommon. I even remember photographers using them for passport photos in the Eighties!

I was tempted to slide the sharpness to the left actually but after applying the vignetting to stress the man than the car I did not do it. Hope you like it.

Kindly, pablophotographer
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
8 Feb 2018 4:58PM
A couple of thoughts.

I think the softness may be a little bit to do with focus error, but looking at it there's a touch of camera shake, a slight double image. That's odd with a Sony camera, with (I can say from experience) rather good IS. You must have had it switched off, or been rushing, or both. Technique matters - arms tucked in to your sides, breathe out just before you shoot, squeeze the shutter button slowly. Treat the camera the way a sniper treats his rifle, or you will miss your mark.

What's odd is that you were using flash, and that should have frozen things, unless you were very shaky with the camera, and got a double image from flash and ambient light.

In terms of focus, you were at the long end of the zoom, and maximum aperture - focus needed to be single spot, and very precisely on the eyes. Was it?

The lighting works well - as if it's daylight coming through a door or window. In most circumstances, I'd say that you had the softbox too low (I'm guessing it was more or less level with the model's face), but if you had put it higher, you woudld have had a shadow from the cap across the model's eyes. This is the sort of thing that you need to think through carefully before shooting.
Sillu 5 Malta
15 Feb 2018 2:33PM
Hi dudler i was using tilt shift focus...i dont know whats the problem about the camera shake i squeeze the shutter slowly like shooting my rifle, maybe there is a setting in my a7ii or maybe its dameged the 5axis ?
Sillu 5 Malta
15 Feb 2018 2:36PM
Yes pablo i liked it... there was a lot of stuff arround in the garage ( museum) so u tried my best not to bring a lot of stuff arround
Sillu 5 Malta
15 Feb 2018 2:39PM
Benhawi and paul i cant under stand why the picture is not sharp i even used flash so it freeze everything.. almost in every photo like that
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
15 Feb 2018 6:06PM
Sylvester - what do you mean by 'tilt shift focus'?

Manual focus?

It is possible to switch off the IS, in the menus, but surely you'd know about that?

Equally, it must be possible to damage the Is mechanism - have yo udone anything that you think may have done so? Generally, Sony cameras are robust.

It seems sensible to pursue this and get it sorted out. Please tell us more.

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