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Old Jul 19, 2007, 9:33 AM   #1
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A couple shots of the Gf whilst out the other day.
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Old Jul 19, 2007, 9:34 AM   #2
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Her getting bored with my intrusive cameraing.
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Old Jul 19, 2007, 11:12 AM   #3
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I am no expert in portrait photography but I have learned a bit over the years. In the first shot, it appears that you used fill flash or a reflector to add light to the face. Unfortunately, the little patch of sunlight and shadows is very distracting. Using something to block the direct sun and relying on a reflector for facial lighting would be better.

I like the second shot better mainly because it has a mysterious air to it. It is a bit dark. I can't tell from the background whether direct sunlight was available. If so, a reflector to add light to the face would help or fill flash on a -2.0 ev compensation setting. It doesn't need much, just a bit of highlighting.

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Old Jul 20, 2007, 10:38 PM   #4
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Vandertramps,

I agree with Cal about the distraction of the shadows but I've found fill flash to be dicey at best with the digital cameras I've used. Aside from the harshness issue, I have not even found them to be reliable in filling in properly. (A,ong brands used, Olympus, Canon point and Shoots, Minoltas, Sony dSLR, Nikons, and Fuji)

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Old Jul 20, 2007, 11:22 PM   #5
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I didn't even notice the the distraction of the patch of sunlight and shadow, because I was transfixed by the eyes and lovely face! On reflection (ho,ho) I find it still doesn't bother me, partly because the curve of shadow from a lock of hair emphasises the shape of the happy cheek, pushed out by the enormous merry grin. The same locks of hair are a key part of the second shot.

I haven't tried fill-in flash for many years, but I now realise that the absence of external flash sync other than slave flash is a drawback in many modern cameras below dSLR level, and I doubt that thatwould have been feasible for this type of shot even if one owned the kit.

I still occasionally use my antique (2003) Casio QV-5700 for its traditional external flash sync co-ax socket, and on my Casio EX-Z750 (2005) I can control the flash intensity, but I now I've moved upmarket in all other respects I have no control other than 'on' or 'off'.
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Thanks, all, for the comments. Some coworkers and i are working on an idea for a shoot that i hope comes within the timeframe of this challenge.

As for the reflector issue, I have really been meaning to try something out. Maybe I'll get someone to help me out with that - Suzanne's gone for a couple weeks so i'll have to get an unattractive model to assuage any jealousy issues that may arise when she inevitably sees the shots!!!
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