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#1 Roderick

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:13 PM

Was invited over for Boxing day - sorry, St. Steven's day dinner and got a few snaps of my friend's daughters.

1/200th, f4, ISO 400, 95mm

Taken by the window in the late afternoon light because, naturally, I forgot to bring the off camera flash and didn't want to use the on-camera thing.  Should have been lower on the shutter...

Lots of LR and PS applied.

Colour or B&W ?

(The less said about the nose ring the better....)

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:24 PM

I like the color version better Rod. The natural lighting is a little hard on the side of her face, but does not ruin the shot. Placing this lovely girl a little less in the direct light would have improved your shot, if it was possible.


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 02:33 PM

B&W for me Rod..... Lovely lass well captured.



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 02:58 PM

She is beautiful!

I am new and still learning but I would have tried the on camera flash to eliminate or reduce the shadows on her face, maybe aiming the flash away from her or bouncing it off of the wall or ceiling.

And definitely color for me.



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:06 PM

Thanks Paul and Geedee.  Lighting is not my strength.  I've signed up for a course in the new year so fingers crossed.

Hello Joseph.  My first mistake was leaving my speedlight at home....

I didn't want to use the on camera flash because of its harshness - I suppose I could have put a napkin over it, but its a bit late now.

I had a vague idea in my head of a strong shadow/dramatic type shot but it didn't turn out that way.  I missed her eyes completely.

 

I'm still working on a profile shot of her which I hope to post later and also a couple of shots of her sister.

 

She's a great girl alright. :wub:

Thanks for the feedback lads,



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:11 PM

You did say on camera, my mistake, I would have avoided using it as well, That's why I don't mind my 6D not having an on camera flash.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:29 PM

Beautiful shot Rod. I would like it more close-up, but then you'd lose her long hair so maybe this is best.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:48 PM

Sláinte mhaith, Joseph.

Yep, those on-camera jobbies are not much use.  The one on my Sony is spring loaded so you can bend it back and bounce it !

 

Hi Mark. I know what you mean.  What to leave in and what to crop out ? :rolleyes:

Going for a hike tomorrow morning with the entire O'Toole herd so I might get some cleaner shots.



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 05:17 PM

Keep an eye out for creepies on the hike Rod; you never know what's lurking!  I'm glad the flu has run its course and that you'll be able to get out!  Just a question - should there be more sharpness in the hair on portraits, or should it be soft? She's got beautiful hair, and the light is very nice on it. 


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:59 AM

Hey Roderick!

 

B&W version is one I like better - it depicts shape and volume of subjects in photos.  Color version's white balance is way too far in means of warm tones.  

 

Your photo lacks a fill light which would help remove all those deep shadows on her face.  Best solution would be to turn your model to face the window, and you'd have a natural diffused fill light, plus a nice catchlight in the pupils.  Just have her sit on the floor or a chair, and take the shot from a 45-50 degree angle from above.   



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 02:30 AM

Hi George.

Thank you for the  insights - that's just the sort of knowledge I'm lacking so it's much appreciated. :)

I'm always inspired by your portraits. 

The photo I took started out well under exposed with artificial light in the room and late afternoon natural light outside and no flash.

I threw most of the portrait techniques from T&C's Photoshop at it :rolleyes:

 

Jonny, no worries.  I'm carrying plenty of self protection on the hike: prosecco, cheese and chocolate brownies.....

 

RE the hair, I reckon it should be sharp.  In this photo I separated Aoife from the background which I then blurred.  I then tried to mask the blur on the edges around her, but I don't think I pulled it off.  I did a bit of dodging on her hair to bring out the natural colour, but again, I'm not sure I did her justice.

 

Here's the profile shot in colour and B&W

(I got her to divide 47 by 13 in her head B) hence the expression)

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 08:39 AM

Nice composition, the second set is wonderful, beautiful gal!



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:20 AM

The B&W shot in the second group of shots is an improvement, the light falls more softly on her face. The use of a reflector would help soften the shadows on the side of her face. I have looked at my own photos and understand controlling light is important way to make a more pleasing image. Portraits are a great business opportunity. People enjoy seeing photos of others if done well. A reflector is easy to carry, and easy to use. The downside is needing an assistant that can position it where needed.
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:22 PM

Thanks Doug. I've got to agree with you. :)

Paul, much appreciated.  I take your point about the shadow on her cheek.  I probably mentioned before that I've signed up for a photography course.  The hope is that I can get some practical experience on manipulating light.

Thanks for the heads up about reflectors.



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 03:47 PM

Thinking about little more about shooting with reflectors, I thought of a solution of working without an assistant. Set you camera on a tripod with a remote shutter release, focus on the subject, illuminate your subject with the reflector, and release the shutter. Check the image on the back of the camera, make adjustments and repeat if necessary.

Adorama.com has 5 in 1 reflector sets for $34.95 US DOLLAR.
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Posted 31 December 2016 - 02:20 PM

Nice one Paul !

I've seen Chelsea and Tony demo-ing those 5 in 1 jobs.

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