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Samantha portrait- reworks added

Discussion in 'People' started by Mitchell, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. Samantha cooperated for about 5 minutes this evening. I wanted to play with my CLS.

    Any comments on these?

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    Not real happy with the shadow under her chin on this one. Not sure what I could have done differently.

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  2. Phil


    Nov 25, 2007
    They are different then having a background but i like them.
  3. Mitch,

    Did you use a pair of light source? It rather looks like you did. I really enjoy the CLS, for which I may always being in the learning stage. :smile: If I have your lighting figured out, the side source looks too strong and maybe a bit high. Also, did you use a diffuser? Samantha is a great little model.

    I am really interested in how you had your lighting set up. I'm considering a 3rd SB-800 for some applications.

  4. KayB


    Aug 17, 2007
    Puyallup, WA
    OK, so I'm lame. What is CLS?
  5. Nikon's Creative Lighting System.
  6. Hey Mitch - They both seem a little hot to me. I think the first one is the best of the two, but still too bright. She's still a cutie!
  7. Hi Mitchell
    shes such a cutie!
    I agree with you, left side seems bit overexposed, you could really see it in her hair, maybe try softening the light a little
  8. KayB


    Aug 17, 2007
    Puyallup, WA
    Oh yeah, I forgot they call it that! Thanks!
  9. fyreflie24


    Jun 24, 2005
    Charlotte NC
    Mitch: it took me a while to get the balance of light/exposure just right but you're close.. watch that red channel on the face/histogram... depending on now much spill you're getting from your bg, you probably need very little up front... gives a really nice soft quality too that way (but you'll still get modeling/shadows).

    Separate her from the bg more if you can...

    Great start! she's such a cute kid :) 
  10. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Nice images, Mitch! What was your setup like?
  11. Well Samantha is a cutey as always. Your light to her right front is too bright and perhaps a little low. Love her cute expression in #1.
  12. Seneca


    Dec 4, 2006
    So darling! Yes they are a little hot on my monitor. I am having lighting difficulties too. Being on location photographer I am trying to learn the studio lighting concept now.

    Sam is growing so quickly!
  13. These were done with three SB-800s. Two were aimed at the backdrop +2 EV and the third was in an umbrella on my left. I made the mistake of not using a softbox on my umbrella. I think this would have helped me a lot. The was a reflector on my right.

    Interesting to me that some feel the light was too high and some feel it was placed too low! I'm not happy with the shadow beneath her chin. My reflector was probably at a bad angle.

    Like I said, I set all this up and she granted me a few moments of her time. I took a total of 10 shots before she was done.:rolleyes: 
  14. I agree these do look a little too hot. I will have to play around with the exposure when I get home. I shot in RAW so I should have some lattitude.
  15. I am eagerly watching your foray into studio lighting. I'm much more comfortable in my garage!

    Sam is a big girl. She reminds me of this fact several times a day!:Love:
  16. Thanks, Donamarie! So glad to see you back here. You've been missed.

    I'll take a closer look at all the channels in the histogram when I reprocess these.

    I didn't have a ton of room to separate her from the background. Quite frankly, I'm fed up with my wrinkly muslins. I'm going to go out and get some white paper.
  17. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    I don't mind a little shadow under the chin...it helps to define the jaw line. Thanks for sharing the setup!
  18. Took these two down 1/2 a stop. Any better or still too hot?

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  19. JMontes


    Jun 22, 2007
    Edgartown, MA
    Mitch, great shots. Check out this thread, particularly post 17 by Peano. If you want to lighten up the darker areas of the face a bit, it works very well. I also got an action by Linda that does the same thing, but I like it more for an entire face rather than certain small areas.


    BTW, they don't look too hot on my monitor.
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  20. Duschoolboy


    Dec 17, 2006
    Mtich she looks like she is a bundle of joy and energy. What a cutie!
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