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Old Dec 27, 2005, 12:37 PM   #1
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I bought my wife a couple of monolights to start playing around with portraits. After playing with some settings and positions I shot this off. I'm looking for any and all help I can get to learn as much as I can.

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Old Dec 27, 2005, 10:09 PM   #2
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Hair over one eye works well in some situations but not all. In this case it does not simply because it looks very setup. You have a very hot spot on the hair to her right. This may have been what you were shooting for though. With the one eye showing, that eye should really stand out so maybe a little more light from that side or postioned so the catchlight shows more.

The lighting, blurriness and pose of the body is to the point that you cannot tell right off what is going on (no separation between torso and arms) and difficult to tell location of the shoulders. This is giving the shoulder width and torso an overly narrow appearance.

Very nice first attempth though. A much better start than most I have seen. Keep it up.
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Old Dec 27, 2005, 11:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the comments, I appreciate it. At the time, I atually was just trying to figure out the lights and she was just posiing any which way while I moved and adjusted things. Gotta love digital, just keep on pushing that button until you get what you want with no worries about film.

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Old Dec 28, 2005, 12:16 PM   #4
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Unless you needed the light for special effect, I also think in this partcular shot is has a distorting effect. Look for instance on the left of the head, it is glaring and I don't think that is what you want.
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