thanks just experimenting with the lights son wants a dark themed photo with shadowsI really like the use of the shadows on the wall.
In the first photo, if you want the arm to be the part of the image the eye sees first, you succeeded. If you want the face to be seen first, it needs to be the brightest part of the scene rather than the arm.
In the second photo, I'm certain you don't want the right elbow to attract the eye first, but that's what happens. Again, make the face the brightest part.
Those changes could easily be done during post-processing. My point is that you have the option of changing your lighting or leaving it as is and addressing the issue during post-processing.
Thanks I have neewwer 5500s constant with barn doors.. Ill play around with themI would use a small grid, higher angle to get just the face and upper torso. It will give you something like this, self portrait I did a few years ago.
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If you don't have access to a grid, then a snoot might also do what you are looking for and can be made at home out of paper and tape if need be. Might need a second or reflector to pop some fill up under the hat, if he is set on wearing it.