Playing with lighting- Portrait- You Like? No? Oh...

Discussion in 'People Photography' started by Dominantly, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Dominantly

    Dominantly TPF Noob!

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    :mrgreen:
    I figured it would maybe get a few more clicks that way....:lol:


    Anyways, I got home and decided I would try out my Wescott TD5 Spiderlite.
    So with no model to practice with, I, wearing my favorite hoodie, jumped in front. (Cameras creep me, I wont look at them)...

    So my goal was to play with shadows. I wanted the light to be kind of dramatic, although I was only working with one so dramatic might be a bit overstated. Any opinions on things that went right/wrong, or ways to change the light up to look better?

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    :confused:Thanks in advance for posting
     
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    pharmakon TPF Noob!

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    Can't offer you much (any?) advise on how to improve, but I think for dramatic lighting #2 fits the bill. The reflections in your eyes in #1 are somewhat distracting, almost looks like you had white pupils. You did a good job getting a nice clean black background on all 3 of them.
     
  3. Dominantly

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    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback.

    Yeah, with #1, those catchlights are pretty intense. I was standing about 2ft away from the light source which is 43x30 so it's a decent size :lol:
     
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    This is well lit, good focus, etc but is a 'I'm staring into the void, being cool' kind of shot.
    Get some eye contact either with the lens or with something.
    That's what makes a great portrait- a connection of some sort.
     
  5. Dominantly

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    Thank you, and I fully agree.
    I really don't like my photos to be taken, BUT I like taking photos more, so when those two collide, this is what I get. I will find a better subject, maybe I can convince the wife.
     

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