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Old Jun 25, 2004, 3:12 PM   #1
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OK, first the excuses: This was my first attempt with the newly acquired Alien Bees and some extras. The subject was a 53 year old volunteer who only insisted that it be soft focus and lighting to be as flattering as possible, given the ravages of age (according to her). She wanted that soft glow look, etc. Also, the images are greatly reduced here bcz they will be uploaded on a site that limits dimension and file size - in other words, they do look better than this without the heavy jpg compression (she's not that pale in the third shot - I just didn't fix the jpg yet). Anyway - please give me your thoughts and constructive critique. I'm still learning the light setup and ratios, etc and appreciate the feedback. I used a Sekonic L358 to meter, but haven't mastered its use in ratios yet. Thanks.
















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Old Jun 25, 2004, 4:48 PM   #2
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I'm not wild about the third shot as it makes the model look tired and older. With the other three, I think you very well captured what you said she wanted. Nicely done.
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Old Jun 25, 2004, 6:34 PM   #3
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ok....i'm not a huge fan of taking pictures of people, so that's an area of photography that i know NOTHING about...lol, so i can't give you tips, only my opinion on which one i like best

which is the last one....i like the hat, and she looks youngest in that picture

as far as my knowledge goes, the effect is there, and that's wat you wanted, well done

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Old Jun 25, 2004, 7:28 PM   #4
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Flint350, you pay a wonderful photographic homage to your friend.

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Old Jun 25, 2004, 7:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback all. It will help me work on my lighting and, hopefully, improve on the output.
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Old Jun 25, 2004, 11:43 PM   #6
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i think you did a great job! She doesn't look 53 there! She looks good I think you did a good job with lighting.. but I'm as noob as noob can get!
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Old Jun 26, 2004, 3:53 AM   #7
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Hi,
Lovely light but I think you did a bit too much with the softfocus.
One tip that alway's work is to bring the eye's and some facial expressions back into the picture out of the blur.

I love the poses and the model really has some appearance. You did extremely well for a first time.

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Old Jun 26, 2004, 1:23 PM   #8
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Nice firsttimers!

You should check the light setup. In the first shot, the model has large white spots on her cheek and also on some of the other.

The light is what it's all about!


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