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By zarquon  
An image lit by a single softbox and created with a consumer grade 28 ~ 80mm f/3.5 to f/5.6 zoom lens set to an aperture of f/13.0 and mounted on an elderly Nikon D100 body.

This should serve to illustrate that it is not about having all of the latest, all singing, all dancing photographic kit. It emphasises that it is the photographer that creates the image.

Tags: Colour Studio Single Baby Lighting Softbox Portraits and people Wide-eyed

Voters: rossi, peterhookwilde, Sue_R and 11 more

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10 Jun 2008 10:32AM
nice portrait,agree with your comments re equipment
Sue_R 15 11 6 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 10:54AM
Beautiful baby, beautiful portrait.

peterboyce 13 1 England
10 Jun 2008 1:21PM
cracking shot....peter
zarquon 13 47 55 England
10 Jun 2008 6:08PM
Thank you to all for stopping by to leave a comment. I appreciate it.

meadowman 14 1
10 Jun 2008 6:39PM
great baby shot
colin 17 697 5 Scotland
11 Jun 2008 12:14AM
Well deserving of more attention. This little lad (?) has fabulous eyes. Nicely lit.
jclaydon1 14 20 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2008 11:38AM
Lovely child portrait, great sparkle to the eye's so can you share with us how to achieve this in a clock position where would the light be?


zarquon 13 47 55 England
15 Jun 2008 2:05PM
It's a simple set up, Julie. It is a single light with a 100cm square softbox. It is just outside the image frame and about 3 feet away from the subject. If the truth were told, it could have been placed nearer for some softer shadows.

In terms of a clock face, I was at 6 o'clock with the subject at 12 o'clock and I had placed my light source at around 4 o' clock. I like my main light to be above my own head height. so if you remember 'Tea time' and taller than yourself, it should give you some starting point.

I like to work with a single light so that I can be sure of getting the modelling and plasticity of the face that derives from having shadows. I wont say that there is no value to having a multiple light set up. It's just that I don't see too much work that looks as if it designed to exhaust the possibilities of a single light source.

Frontal light flattens the features and kills the shadows which then have to be created with extra lights. A single light is far easier to control and a flash-meter will tell you how much light you have and where it is falling.

kind regards,
una 18 10 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 1:51PM
Fabulous portrait, deserves more attention.
BazE 13 Australia
24 Jul 2008 2:41AM
Very nice shot! If I were to pick anything, I think his eyes are a little too dark (on my screen anyway). I love the expression on his face and his skin tone is awesome.

As you say you don't need all the latest and best kit to produce great images.

Very well done. I love the variety in your work. Keep them coming we could all learn from you.

Best regards

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