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The art of taking the picture

By strawman
Comments, positive or negative welcomed.

This is a change for me, a wander into the studio, working with multiple lights, working with a model trying to construct a photo.

So it is two images, The main image shot with multiple lights and her holding the frame, the insert a picture taken with me on a chair looking down at her while she looked up with my flash gun. I love the second shot as here eyes and cheek bones just a photographers delight.

In some ways I am happy, she was a great model and fun to work with but I think I have much to learn, the lighting on the RH side is too strong and not flattering??

Any thoughts?

Tags: Fashion Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Flash and lighting Multiple images

Voters: andreduplessis, cirrusminor, mohikan22 and 22 more

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28 Jan 2009 11:06PM
Great idea, you've got some PS tidying to do though Wink

Have you got one of her looking at you?
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2009 11:15PM
Thank's K. Any tips on the tidying up especially the arm, its beyond my normal skills, or do you think more is wrong?

I only had a few moments with the lights and neither of us had done this sort of thing before, so it was for me just a learning experience. The picture frame was an idea and the next photo I will post is my original idea, this one is a variation.

And yes you guessed it I mucked up the photo where she was staring straight at me. I think I hit the shutter without letting the lights re-cycle.
28 Jan 2009 11:36PM
Tidying up the background is fairly easy... just add a curves adjustment layer and lighten it, then go back to the background and burn in the bits you've missed.

Highlight and shadow used by any chance?
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2009 11:40PM
Ah I thought I had done that, obviously not well enough ;-(

Thanks for the tip Smile
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
29 Jan 2009 6:57PM
Not bad for a first go John Smile

Not seeing anything major in the lighting to the rhs, for me its just that the lighting style/angle is not in keeping with the framed head and shoulder shot.

For the framed photo I might have moved the main light to the right and lowered it pointing up toward her face since she`s looking down. Both lifting the shadows under her noise and chin and increasing the light hitting the rhs of her face.

As for the background try and get a little more distance between the model and background, less tidying up will be needed post production.
brion 12 11 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 6:12PM
your pictures do the talking, thank you for your advice
LV426 12 7 4 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 2:21AM
Maybe the picture of the face is a tat to big for the actually face of the person holding the picture.
Still, it's a nice image.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 11:57AM
That is a very good point, I made a later version where I used another image to get the head down to about the correct size.
Diana 14 2.0k 19 Netherlands
20 Feb 2009 12:06PM
HI I clicked on this ages ago to make some hopefully helpful comments back to you, then didnt get a chance anyway I have now so ....

I like this concept but also think the pic in her hands is too big ....some symmetry neded in that they should be the same size or if you are making a point about one being smaller or bigger then it can be more emphasised ..(like someone having a bigger impression of themselves or something, but not relevant in this case I am sure, just an idea)

and wouldn't it be fab to have both of them making eye contact with the camera the one on the pic and her..

..not sure about a bit bright to the right as I look. I have done a whole shot just using one octobox and it was fab...

thanks so much for your helpful comments so freely given to me in the forums too


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