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Old Feb 27, 2007, 4:11 PM   #1
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I recently stumbled across a forum where others posted a pic and then the lighting setup used. I had some time to experiement with my lighting (a hodgepodge of hot lights), but had no one to pose so I used the self timer. I also wanted to experiement with my 85mm 1.8 lens. What should I have done different with the lighting? I know one is not in focus, but it was hard with the self timer :lol:. My husband likes the glasses look, so I thought I would try to get a good shot for him.

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Old Feb 27, 2007, 6:50 PM   #2
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Angela

Well the model is quite lovely to begin with

and there does'nt appear to be any maring shadows,

it seems like the subject is close to a window on

the right of the shot and the highlights are on the

right of the photo's. The amount and positioning of

the lighting rather depends on the whims of the

photographer taking into account clothing texture

and highlights and colour thrown onto the subject

from surrounds and clothing, not to mention the

stronger the lighting, the stronger the facial make

up is needed to prevent skin color washout, just a

suggestion that some more lighting on the hair

might have shown up the hair to more advantage.

#2 and #4 are my favourite shots of these

and I think you've done very well considering that

they are self portraits. musket
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Old Feb 27, 2007, 8:14 PM   #3
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Now I am no pro on portraits at all, by any stretch of the imagination. I would however say that the lighting on the first shot seems a little dim. The exposure on shot #2 is on this crappy LCD a little overexposed but nice none the less.

Not sure like #3 for some reason. Looks a little tight. Might be the jumper and the chair, that don't seem to match or something.

And #4 would be the favourite, although I would have liked to of seen the arms up and over the chair and just sort of hanging there somewhat casual looking. Maybe hands slightly cross together. And the lighting on it is nice but I would, and this being a personal thing only, add some warmth to the shot. Give it a nice country feel.

Just my thoughts on them all, so take it with a grain of salt

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Old Feb 27, 2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments. I had to use the chair as a focal point for my camera since I wasn't able to focus on myself :?. I'm just trying to play with the lights so I know what works best when I'm doing portraits of other people. I need to figure out the best setups so it doesn't take me forever when I actually have someone to photograph.

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Old Feb 27, 2007, 10:22 PM   #5
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25 FT REMOTES ARE PERFECT FOR THESE OCCASIONS..:homey:
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Old Feb 27, 2007, 11:13 PM   #6
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MINOLTANUT wrote:
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25 FT REMOTES ARE PERFECT FOR THESE OCCASIONS..:homey:
DITTO THAT COMMENT!!

And I don't know if this would make a difference at all but, perhaps using something like a cross on the ground as your positioning when taking the shot. For eg setup your camera 5-8ft away from say a door and focus on it. Then just measure the distance and use that as your focus point. That way you can move the camera anywhere and mark out that distance as a point of reference for later shooting. Especially good I would guess for when you have the lighting how you want it. You just copy all settings for wherever you are.

Also if you don't or can't get a remote, having these pre defined settings will help with setting the camera on a timer.

Just more pointless options from me

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Old Feb 28, 2007, 4:48 AM   #7
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Pay no attention to these 'irate criticts'

we'll still get the movie made and it will be a box office success :-)
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Old Feb 28, 2007, 8:12 AM   #8
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I find #1 ,#2 & #4 interesting,
You have done a defficult task by playing a double role, If one keeps that in mind then you have done a coommandable job.
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