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Old Jan 18, 2010, 9:10 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 20, 2010, 6:08 PM   #2
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well my first thought is, the dogs covering the girls face
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Old Jan 20, 2010, 6:31 PM   #3
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well my first thought is, the dogs covering the girls face
Do you really think a 18 year old girl without make-up on is going to show her face?lol
The posting is really just to get comments on the lighting. Does it look like I'm getting the lighting/shadows correct, am I getting close?

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Old Jan 20, 2010, 11:50 PM   #4
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lol a good reply try some traditional portraits to see what works best head and shoulder shots i have 2 mk II 150's i have the softbox about 45 degrees facing the subjects face and the second almost at the side of the camera with the umbrella facing away from the subject when the flash triggers i get some decent results or did LOL it was ages since i used them but this also depends on your room size.
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Old Jan 21, 2010, 1:03 AM   #5
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Will try using the softbox by the subject and the umbrella by the camera. The picture posted was setup just the opposite.
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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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I have a soft box and shoot through umbrella but will try to come up with a reflector too. Like your diagram, should be a good starting place for me to set the lights.
Thanks for the tips.
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