new at lighting c&c please

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    I know the little one doesn't look right, but she is one month old. I need some c&c about the lighting please :) I didn't have any black fabric for the stool I was using, but I did buy some for next time, I really wish I would have thought about that sooner:confused: I used 3 Vivitar 285hv's. The girls are about 8 feet in front of the black backdrop. The main light is set to 1/4 power shot at a silver umbrella, the umbrella is at camera left about 1 foot infront of the girls and 3 feet to there left. the umbrella height is centered on my oldest daughters face. The second light is also shot at a a silver umbella set on 1/4 power but it is at cmera right, and subject 10 o'clock, about 6 feet away. This light is set a litte lower in height. The third light is between the subject and back ground, about 3 feet from the backdrop on 1/16th power with a neon blue gel,

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    How cute!!! I really love the angle in #1. I think the lighting is really nice expecially in the 2nd one. Did u use a reflector?
     
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    No, just flash:)
     
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    #1- i like this one alot. the girl's eyes are full of life and energy.

    #2- a couple of minor things here.....
    1. there are 2 catch lights in her eyes. this doesn't ruin the photo by any means. if i had snapped it, i would be more than happy to print and frame.
    2. her eyes don't seem very sharp. not a big deal and this could be because i am looking at it on my laptop.

    the lighting overall: very well done!! very warm. no harsh shadows. the subjects "pop".

    great job :thumbup:
     
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    Good point about the catch lights, I never can seem to get them to look right when I photoshop them out :( and your right it isn't as sharp as I like :( next time I will be using a little more light or a higher iso so I can close down a bit more:)
     
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    i wouldn't PS them out. instead have the model face more towards the main light or move the fill light back more or turn it's power down some maybe.

    honestly for a portrait i wouldn't raise your ISO. the lighting looks good the way it is. just a tweak in your technique is all that's really required here.

    what i do is: have my main focusing points right between the eyes. example: on a head shot i will use my center focusing point only and put that between the subject's eyes, that way the eyes are sharp and everything else shoots soft. people like soft looking skin
     
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    ok, thanks:) I did notice the farthest eye is much sharper than the closer one, mabey a little more ambient will help get a better focus? When I took these I only had one small table light for ambient, I highly doubt that light contributes to the exposure at all because I used a shutter speed of 1/200, but it did take some searching to lock one focus wise. While we are on the subject I think you have pointed out a major flaw in my technique, and I must thank you! I have been using all the af points my camera has to offer with out even thinking about it! I should pick one point, lock it between the eyes then recompose?
     
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    what you are doing and what you have done are not major flaws at all. you could use all of the focusing points as along as the eyes are sharp :)

    the 1 focus point is a technique that i use. it works well for what i try to accomplish.

    on my camera, when i select 1 focusing point it stays selected until i select others or select them all. so i don't need to recompose.

    since you are using flashes, maybe more ambient could help. it's worth a try :) i use a strobe that has a modeling light and have never used off camera flashes before.

    here's a site that could really help you The Strobist

    that site is all about using off camera flash.
     

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