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  1. rallysman

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    I shot these with a ghetto styrofoam box/$20 slave flash combo camera right, triggered by a SB-600 camera left (Demb diffuser). C&C very welcome since this is the first time I've attempted something like this:

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    Underexposed and poor lighting with harsh shadows.
     
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    You need to check your attitude and your monitor.

    Rallysman..

    Looks like a good start, nice catchlights.

    I find the folds in the blanket more distracting than the shadows, a reflector on the left would help with that.

    Keep at it, as I said it's a good start.

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Thanks for the kind words and helpful feedback Don. I appreciate it.

    I plan on making a frame to get a smoother background in the near future for photos of this nature. Unfortunately I'm stuck with a microfiber blanket thrown over a chair for now:). I'll see if I can find some stuff laying around to make a reflector as well. I'll to save a few bills while I'm learning so I can drop some more once I learn what I need.
     
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    I definitly like the subjects and the way you caputered expressions (the dog espiciall)

    I would have like te first one a little brighter to make it a little more alive. the second one ligthing is a little uneaven..

    but then again... I Like the pictures...
     
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    How about for now you concentrate on head shots/portraits ? Or tack the blanket to the wall and drape it onto the floor...

    And a piece of cardboard with some crinkled tin foil is the cheapest reflector I can think of :)

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Great suggestions. I was thinking of making a PVC frame since it would be cheaper than repairing the walls and would be fairly portable. I have some leftover "Reflectix" insulation that I'm going to give a whirl for a reflector.

    I'd love to concentrate on portraits/head shots but the animals disagree. LOL.. Having said that, this isn't really my thing, I'm just trying to expand and learn a bit more about lighting at the same time.

    I'll never be pro (semi-pro, or even advanced), I don't want to turn this into a job. I just want to have some fun and experiment:)
     
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    Nice shots, exposure may be a tad under on the cat but not by much. (I'm viewing on a laptop) Catch lights are good, composition is good, I've seen some a not nearly as good sold. A vignette might help.

    I understand the need for homemade, but if you shop around, look at used, you might find the homemade is not that cheap.
     
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    Does that matter?! I never thought of that, and my only computer is a laptop. Should I be somehow calibrating my monitor or something? Now I'm worried that I'm messing up my pictures in PP because my monitor is off...

    Anyway,

    rallysman: I really like the composition on your pictures. I agree that the backdrop is a little distracting. Great work though! :thumbup:
     
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    I think one of the only issues is that it looks like a microfiber thrown over a chair. Don gave a couple of good suggestions. Think creatively for the scene rather than settling with what you 'think' you have to work with. Removing the wrinkles will go a long way for improvement. Cute pets BTW.
     
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    Thanks folks! This makes me feel a bit better about what I've done as this was a fairly impromptu "why the hell not" style of shot. It an experiment more than anything and I appreciate your feedback.

    As far as thinking creatively, we all know how creative animals are. They're creative enough to be completely unpredictable:D. I figured if I could get them in their comfort zone (on the chair) I'd have a better chance at practice. I guess I need to be more creative and get them OUT of their comfort zone and into the "sweet spot".

    Again, thanks everyone. Half of the fun is all of the challenge.
     
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    It looks like a good start, I like them too. They are a little underexposed (you can use the histogram to help check and correct exposure on these), but still a good start. Nice job.
     

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