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Hi Key on a Budget!

By trivets12  
This was taken in my lounge with a king size white bed sheet behind Sara, and another on the floor. The lighting was from two Canon Speedlites. The problem I have found with using two speedlites is that there always seems to be some telltale shadows on the subject. I haven't yet managed to get the light to wrap around the subject. I shot this image in raw and then converted to jpeg in Lightroom. I did photoshop the background to remove creases in the sheet.
Quite pleased with the shot overrall but would appreciate comments,

Tags: Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

Voters: luap, G3, minicooper and 5 more

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luap 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2009 11:27PM
nice shot

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Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
9 Jun 2009 9:43AM
How did you set up the lights? Were both on the subject or one lighting the backgroudn, and did you use any softboxes or diffusers?

Interested, cos this is the same as my setup, and I think you've made a pretty good job here.
trivets12 14 1.3k
9 Jun 2009 4:26PM
The white sheet was hung over a large double patio door, which created the background light. The 2 speedlites were each at 45 degrees to the subject, however, I don't think I had them positioned high enough as there is a cross shadow on her. I think I should have placed them slightly higher than her eye level.
There was a white sheet on the floor too, which created some upward reflection of light.
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
9 Jun 2009 9:09PM
Cunning idea! Now I need to find someone with a patio door, though I guess a windown will work just as well for a head shot.
Chris_L Plus
4 4.5k United Kingdom
9 Jan 2018 10:04PM
A small tip, In Lightroom you could use the vignette tool to whiten the corners (assuming you want them white)

EDIT just realised you asked this in 2009. Where does the time go, years seem to last about five months these days

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