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Old Oct 16, 2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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Hi,
First I need to apologise for lack of activity for the past few months. I am doing 2 jobs so I rarely get a free time, even though I photography. Real Life takes precedence

My Thanks to Bigdawg who sent me this portrait lens - Pentax M 50mm f2
It was Indeed a nice lens in. superb condiation.

This was my first photoshoot, which involved my friends and family, as well as I had to borrow nearly everything ...It might be my last too ..I just wanted to see and feel about portrait photography.

Please feel free to comment and critisise
I will learn a great deal more from your comments.

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2 lighting sources of 200W (CFL)
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 11:17 PM   #3
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 11:22 PM   #4
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Well done, my only comment, the lighting seems to be coming from a very low angle and makes some unusual highlights and shadows. Very nice poses and no distracting background shadows.
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Yep, Ira nailed the main problem that I was going to raise looking through these, the light is the wrong direction. In studio portraits, the standard is to have the catchlight in the eye at either 10 or 2 o'clock. The easy way is to have the light at 45 degrees to the subjects head position (not to the camera, if they turn their head you more the light) and 45 degrees up.

There are too many photos to comment on individually so if you want to go into details it's best to choose one at a time and put them in the photo critique section. Also it helps to number photos when there are more than a couple in a thread in case someone has a comment on it.

If you want to learn lighting, start with one light, it halves the problem of a new element, learn how it shapes the face. In these shots pretty much the lighting is flat. Have a look around the web at short and broad lighting this will give you a good idea of the two fundamentals of portrait photography. Also Rembrandt lighting is key, especially with the ladies. Here is a good resource to add to those you will find http://www.studiolighting.net/portrait-lighting-styles/

As for posing, you are using different aspects like the floor to create interest so you have made a good initial step. It's a hard area to get good, will take a lot of time, reading, trial and error but can yield good results.
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Thanks Mark n Monza ...I need to find me a studio light
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Chesslanka,
I appreciate you posting these. I'm also reading up on studio photography and plan on doing some in the near future so, I can learn from your photos along with the critique posted by others. Don't give up, I think you're off to a good start!
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It has already been said but you have a lighting problem.

When starting with lighting I came across a guy Zack Arias, and was lucky to get his onelight workshop dvd cheap (I think he asks to much).

In the few hours he explains more on that dvd than I ever had from any other place.

He also has some posts on his blog explaining a bit of lighting http://www.zarias.com/white-seamless...-1-gear-space/

Don't give up, you've got some great models and as soon as you've got the light fixed those shots are gonna be magnificent.

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It has already been said but you have a lighting problem.

When starting with lighting I came across a guy Zack Arias, and was lucky to get his onelight workshop dvd cheap (I think he asks to much).

In the few hours he explains more on that dvd than I ever had from any other place.

He also has some posts on his blog explaining a bit of lighting http://www.zarias.com/white-seamless...-1-gear-space/

Don't give up, you've got some great models and as soon as you've got the light fixed those shots are gonna be magnificent.

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The onelight stuff is great, just a shame their forum has never really taken off as it had potential to be very informative.
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Thanks Mark n Monza ...I need to find me a studio light
Not necessarily, if the light you used was placed higher it would do the job. It is the angle of the light that is the problem, not the amount.
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