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Old Jan 18, 2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Am I getting it yet? First workout with the new monolites (250 w/s each) and a borrowed backdrop. Suggestions welcomed, please.
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 1:12 AM   #2
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i put a copy of this in the "people" forum as well, since the lighting is not really camera specific, and some people that do more of this type of work can get a chance to comment on it.

i don't do studio work at all, but for me, the shadow on the backdrop is distracting as well as the shadow on her left side (our right). and in general it just seems to be too uneven lighting with it quite a bit brighter in general on our left side of the frame.
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Thanks for looking and the comments, will work on moving the lights around some to see if I can get rid of the shadows.
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A few things I would suggest. While your learning use just one subject for your test shots. I notice in this shot your main light seems to be focused on the girls arm. There is an apparent hot spot there. Use custom white balance. I used a folgers coffee lid.. you know the semi transparent plastic lids on that came on the metal cans.

Not great at diagrams but here is a basic 2 light.
The red is the subject. Light on left should be closer to the subject and is the main light. This should be mainly on the face of the subject. Light on right is the fill. It should be back a bit more to cover more area and power adjusted so that you have soft shadows. If you get rid of all shadows the image will appear flat and you dont want that. I also used a third and sometimes fourth light. When I used a third light I used it as a hair light, slightly behind and above or below but aiming at back of subject. You can add a fourth to illuminate the background and give it a hotspot or adjust the hair light so it does both.

Also what are you using on the lights.. Softboxes, umbrellas ?? If you have a softbox you should use that on the main light. You can use a reflector in place of the fill light. That will free up another light to use as your backlight or hairlight.

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