portrait in a hurry..

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We were in a hurry today but my daughter looked so cute I had to get a picture. Set the lights up quickly into a new style I wanted to try. I normally meter each light but this time I just used iTTL. Shot with 50mm f1.8 set at 5.6. What do you think? I really need to work on poses. :(

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Excellent capture Charles. The loop lighting pattern is nicely controlled. Wonderful expression on your daughter's face. Exposure and composition are right on. Very nice.
 
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Let me ask a personal question. What you have done differently? Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees.

Thanks for the nice comments. :)
 
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Re: Very very nice work Charles

Steve S said:
Describe your lighting setup?
Main was at subject right at about a 45 angle to camera. Fill was also sujbect right but behind at a 45. Reflector was at subjects left. Lights were SB600's with medium softboxes and iTTL metering.

Fill could have been a little higher and main a little closer to camera.
 
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Charles,

Sometimes I don't think I'm "qualified" to critique here because I don't know anything about formal studio lighting... you know, the stuff in books and whatnot. I just push lights around until I get something I like and shoot, and folks like my work... a lot.

Having said that, if I had taken this picture I would erase those spots on her right eye, frame it and enjoy it.

To each his own, but for me if it looks good it is good.

Woody
 
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Czechman01 said:
Charles,

Sometimes I don't think I'm "qualified" to critique here because I don't know anything about formal studio lighting... you know, the stuff in books and whatnot. I just push lights around until I get something I like and shoot, and folks like my work... a lot.

Having said that, if I had taken this picture I would erase those spots on her right eye, frame it and enjoy it.

To each his own, but for me if it looks good it is good.

Woody
Woody,

Sometimes I don't feel qualified to critique my own images, let alone another persons. That is why we are here though. To teach and learn from others. Nikons creative lighting system is about the only thing I seem to have a firm grasp of. While I can teach very little, I can learn a lot from those on this forum. Most have many more years experience under their belt, and that experience is better than any book. I have probably driven Iliah to drinking by now with my silly questions and thoughts. :shock:

I move lights around or try to copy something I have seen. If it works then I do my best to remember it and pass it along to others. If it didn't work I try to understand why. I used to try and get nice modeling on my daughters face and the images always seemed to moody for her. Then I realized that nobody wants to see their child moody. Children should be up beat, and vibrant so a flatter lighting style works better. At least that's the way I see it.

Mommy said that the birth mark must stay because it is apart of her. :lol:

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