Discussion in 'The Professional Gallery' started by Mark Cooper, Feb 20, 2006.
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1544/1892/1600/kirsty3.jpg Comments please.
I like that you blurrred out the background with a short DOF. I'm not a big fan of on-camera flash. It looks like you had a fair amount of window light there. Perhaps next time try it without the flash and have her face lit from the side by the window. Personally, I think the only thing on-camera flashes are good for are dialed back for a little bit of fill.
I agree with Mark..it looks as if the on-camera flash was used, because her skin tones are kind of drowned out. Using natural light from a window is the best or if you dont have it, using a studio light or lamp works well. If you get shadows on the face from those sources, you can use a reflector (I use a $4 silver metallic windshield shade from Walmart haha) and it will bounce the light onto the shaded areas. I love the 50mm lens, it is an awsome portrait lens!
It's not too bad, but there are a couple of flattery issues: The lighting as mentioned above has bleached things and the skintone has suffered. You're a bit "in her face" as well.
I have a couple of ideas which would probably work well and improve the effect, especially with respect to the lighting. If you want me to demonstrate them, just shoot my a PM and I'll have a crack at editing for you.
Like all said above, it looks like the in-camera flash was used. It almost looks as of your arperture was not open enough, unless of course you were too close, or 'in her face' as stated before.
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