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Old Jun 7, 2002, 12:41 AM   #1
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O.K. I'm kinda new at this portrait thing and am trying to get some nice 3d dimensional portrait shots. Now I believe I did this wrong and realized it afterward, I lit the right side of her face with a medium softbox which was the main light, however I only lit half her face to the nose instead of going across to her left jaw line. I used a white umbrella for the fill on camera right. My problem is that I want to make the eyes stand out more, I want them to grab you. Am I stretching it here? I learning, slowly and little at a time. I believe if you look at her eyes you can see the lighting which is about 10 oclock and 3 oclock. A little of right? Should be 2 oclock.


http://www.pbase.com/image/2332739/medium (Image removed, see post below for more test shots)



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Old Jun 7, 2002, 10:34 PM   #2
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Oz,

Hi. The shadows are too strong. Try moving your main light nearer to your camera. If done right then you'll get dimension without creating lines on the face. Here is a sample of what I mean.



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Old Jun 8, 2002, 3:08 PM   #3
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Bob,

Thanks. I realize that now after I've posted it and upon self examination, the main light was too far to the left. I'll try some more shots tonight. Your shot is very nice, but there is something that bothers me about yours and others (feminine) poses. That tilted head drives me crazy, I hate it. I realize it don't matter what I like, rather my customers, merely stating my opinion. Anyhow, I only see one catchlight in the eyes of your model, which are about 11 oclock. You did a nice job bringing out the color of her brown eyes and that is one of my primary goals..........I have two children who are brown eyed.

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Old Jun 8, 2002, 3:17 PM   #4
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Oz,

Hi. Some people like symmetry in their photos, some donít. Itís all a matter of taste. I have a rule that says the more uncomfortable the model the better the picture.

Post the new shots when you get them done.

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Old Jun 10, 2002, 12:39 AM   #5
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Hi Bob,

Yep, tried some contortion work on the Mrs. tonight and they all came out goofy, but thats just the two of us trying to learn more about posing. I've seen some nice poses, such as yours above, just....

Anyhow, got around to playing with the light and I think I've got the light, but the posing I need to work on, and work, and work. :P

Open to comments, this drill was to get a better grasp on the lighting patterns that flatter the face and give it dimension.

Sorry I can't post these were they'd show up here, you've gotta follow my link;

http://www.pbase.com/image/2447743/medium

http://www.pbase.com/image/2516890/medium
Thanks for the touch up, Bob!

Oz


Added a few more pics I took last night;

http://www.pbase.com/image/2529775/medium

http://www.pbase.com/image/2529777

http://www.pbase.com/image/2529781

http://www.pbase.com/image/2529786

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Old Aug 8, 2002, 12:20 AM   #6
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Oz,

Hi. Sorry Iím so late getting back to you. I forgot to check email notification. I think youíre getting the hang of taking portraits. It helps that you have two cuties for models, especially Jodie.

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