Epic fail - natural lighting

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  1. knjrphoto

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    What can be done to more effectively use natural light? This was taken using light from a large window around 1:30pm.


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    its not that bad?
     
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    You'll have to do much worse than that for that to be accurately called an epic fail...
     
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    the only thing i would have done is place the babies on the other side and slide them a little bit more in the light.
     
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    What direction was the window facing? You always want a North or South facing window for the softest light. If it's still too strong (as you feel this is) buy a cheap frosted (cloudy) shower curtain to drape in front of the window to act as a giant diffuser. Just make sure it doesn't have any patterns on it.

    You can also move the subject further away from the window.
     
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    Well, now I feel like I can maybe mail the proof DVD out. LOL

    I don't feel completely awful since I did this shoot for free.

    My thoughts are that maybe next time I use some of my lights to fill in the shadows. I think if I didn't feel rushed I would spend a little more time trying to correct problems I see while I'm taking the photos - instead of kicking myself later.

    I had really wanted to take pictures of these two when they were just a few weeks old - they aren't technically "newborn" anymore here.
     
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    I'll have to research that one - I mean ask my husband when he gets home. :lol:
     
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    Also, a reflector on the opposite side of the subjects will fill in those shadows for you.
     
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    Scatterbrained Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    +1, or you could hang some cheap IKEA white linen curtains! :mrgreen:
    You may have been able to use a reflector for fill light.
     
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    the baby on the right looks like a giant!


    +1 on using a reflector.
     
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    i find that morning light coming through a south facing window works wonders.....but if not i agree w others who say use frosted shower panel
     
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    knjrphoto TPF Noob!

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    That is what I said when I was taking the pictures. I can't remember which is which, but I said "this one has a huge head compared to the other". The parents agreed.
     

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