End of Day Portrait, Need Advice

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  1. vonDrehle

    vonDrehle TPF Noob!

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    This is a shot I got today when we were bored. It was taken near the end of the day so the lighting was really tough to work with. I used a fill flash to try and compensate it but as you can see it still came out pretty dark, and some of here hair is blueish gray. Is there anything I could have done different in these conditions? I also shot in RAW and tired to play with the white balance afterwards but having never done so it was just kind of trial and error. The image after some photoshop work is posted under the original.

    The picture is also on dA. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/47451912/

    Make: Canon
    Model: Canon EOS 5D
    Shutter Speed: 1/49 second
    F Number: F/4.0
    Focal Length: 40 mm
    ISO Speed: 100

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    Photoshoped (Just for reference.)
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    Thanks, Chris
     
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    End of day light is so much better than midday. I would have put her in the light, with the sun out over either your right or left shoulder a bit. You can shoot in the shade to avoid direct light, especially midday, but then it's usually good not to have any sunlit areas in the image at all. It will make the shade look cold and flat.
     
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    I on the other had would have hit her with some more fill flash....

    I also dodged out the face a little bit and it kept the better saturation of her clothes hair ect.
     
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    Your picture represents a lot of potential for post-edit correction. It can easily be salvaged. It has great potential.

    PS: Nice Gallary--I enjoyed viewing it.
     
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    Alright I will try some of those other techniques next time. Here is another I got that is a mix of natural light and the fill flash, not just the fill flash in the shade like the one I posted above.

    http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/47498293
     
  6. chroix

    chroix In Latin it's "spikius conius thingonius"

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    Gold reflector would capture the warm colors. She looks lit by a different light (flash).
     

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