My Best Portrait Yet? C&C

Discussion in 'People Photography' started by JackRabbit, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. JackRabbit

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    Had Trina and Jamie over the other day to do a shoot.

    Strobist Info:
    Vivitar 283 subject left, pointed away from the subject and bounced off of a reflector. Canon 430EZ on camera bounced off ceiling.

    Also, what is the backdrop choice of the pros for just a flat, solid white/black? Do they use canvas? Or Vinyl? Or Muslin? Fill me in here and help me get my home studio started ahaha.

    Also, add my Flickr because I am always looking for new sources of critiques and inspiration. Flickr: jackstrutz's Photostream



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    I did a skin retouch to see how it would look for you. Her skin looks a little rough in areas. Also, the nose shadow is a little harsh. Good job though.
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    I think the lighting and sharpness are perfect, but her expression looks a bit flat, and the white stockings on the white background look a bit strange, kind of like her body is just floating. Over all, it's a very nice shot though.
     
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    Can anyone answer my question about the backdrop?
     
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    I use Amazon.com: Savage Seamless Background Paper, 53" wide x 12 yards, Super White, #1: Electronics

    and Amazon.com: Savage Seamless Background Paper, 53" wide x 12 yards, Super Black, #20: Camera & Photo

    The white is automatically gray unless you light it. So in a sense, you have 2 colors in one.

    The black one I love, it gives a great color when you feather a softbox on it.

    There's no reason to get the same ones unless you do full body shots, (like I do) Because these rolls are huge and you need a decent amount of space to set up. But if you're looking to set something up that's simple, search for a DIY backdrop with PVC Pipe and some cheap muslim.

    White is my main color I use. I do a lot of combining, and white will almost always be the easiest color to pull someone from.
     
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    Depends on the situation. If they have dark hair and you are going to use a silhouette for anything then use white.

    Family portraits, and professional portraits usually have a muslin backdrop.

    Black backdrops work well for dramatic lighting.

    Just poke around the web to get more ideas. There is no, one backdrop of choice.
     
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    Yeah, I was hoping to do something a bit more sturdy than paper because my "studio" is in my bonus room which has carpeted floors so paper wouldn't really be the best option for me.
     
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    I'm not really talking about the backdrop color, more the back drop material.
     
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    think a lot use the big rolls of paper

    why not use an umbrella instead of bouncing the light?
     
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    because umbrellas cost money ahaha. I'm a Junior in high school. Money isn't necessarily abundant. Resourcefulness is though. And, as I said, paper isn't necessarily my best option as my "studio" is in a room with carpet so paper would wrinkle and tear.
     
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    Have you checked ebay lately. You can grab a couple 33" umbrellas for 5-7 each and holders for 5-7 each. You could do two stands, holders, umbrellas for like 30. Its not that much really.
     
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    hmmmm I'll have to check that out. I have to buy some triggers first though so once I've got those then umbrellas or DIY softboxes will be the next item on that list.
     

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