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Old Jun 21, 2015, 8:54 PM   #1
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After a long hiatus from SDC, I'm back, hopefully posting more (from upcoming shoots this summer). In the meantime, CC welcome on this older (yet unposted) photo.

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Old Jun 22, 2015, 8:38 PM   #2
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Beautiful subject. Love the pose.

I like how you have kept the lighting to a minimum. Can you offer your lighting setup please?

She looks a bit orange on my monitor. A touch to warm on the WB I think.
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Old Jun 23, 2015, 10:56 AM   #3
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I absolutely agree that the white balance is out. When I did the post on this shot, I used a cheap little laptop - It wasn't until later (when I had the shot printed) that I realized that the colour balance of the monitor was *way* out. I've since set up a new machine for doing post (and found out that the monitor on my Samsung Galaxy S5 has nearly *identical* colour reproduction to the prints. In the future, I'll start checking my post on my phone prior to posting / printing shots.

I shot this with an SB-900 on camera, off a card or perhaps more likely, using a Gary Fong Origami diffuser. For skin tone alone, I was probably using the orange reflector.

Overhead there's an umbrella providing fill light - I can't remember exactly where it was due to the post changing the lighting a touch. I'll try to remember to dig up the original tonight to check.

The original wasn't perfect, the room I was working in was extremely narrow, only 6' between the bar top and the wall behind me. There was quite a bit of light spilled around, so I cleaned up the shot with a transparent to black gradient fill around the edges in PS during post.

Thanks for looking, I appreciate the feedback!
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Old Jul 16, 2015, 5:40 AM   #4
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Looks OK to me orange reflector seems a good choice
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Old Jul 16, 2015, 8:30 AM   #5
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clicked on the 'white of the eye'
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Old Jul 16, 2015, 8:45 AM   #6
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Like the first...the warmth makes it more sensual to me...but what do I know...
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I tried to go back to the start. The main problem I see is the face is blown out by the spotlight on it. I see what you tried to do, but your exposure should have been for the face and let the rest fall where it may.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone! You've all given me a lot to think about in the future
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Old Aug 18, 2015, 4:43 AM   #9
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if i may..
why don't go B&W?

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I like the B&W version. But Id vignette the edge so the bottle background is less obvious.
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