Please help #2!

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  1. zoe08

    zoe08 TPF Noob!

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    Well I really didnt get many low key shots either, and I think most the ones I got I had the light too bright. And I didnt have a black background just a black panel to put behind so I could only take close shots....

    Anyways here are a few, please let me know what I can do better when I do my other shoot on Friday.

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  2. JenniferLynn

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    They appear underexposed..what camera are you shooting with?

    Also, there aren't any catchlights in your eyes, suggesting to me that your light is too high. Try bringing it down a bit and move it in closer until you can see them in your subjects eyes. A general rule is to have catchlights at 10 and/or 2.

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  3. zoe08

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    I have a Nikon D70...

    Thanks, I will try moving the light down closer next time. It is very stressing to try to get all these pictures down in a 2 hour time limit, including checking out, setting up and packing the lights away.
     
  4. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Have you ever considered using only candle light for low key?
    Not that I know anything about portrait photography, it is just springing to mind that - provided your models can sit that still for so long - such low light situation might create the desired low key effect?
     
  5. zoe08

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    Thats a good idea, but we are supposed to use the strobes for the assignment. He had some lighting set-ups drawn up for us to try. And I was trying to do that. I just think I should have lowered the light some.
     
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    I agree with JenniferLynn open up a stop or 2 and catch lights in eyes make pictures way better. They kinda bring you models to life...kinda...
     
  7. JonK

    JonK I want MORE!!

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    I think you're on the right track here...dark BG, dark shirt, darkish hair, dark eyes. It's just you're exposure is under by a lot.
    Perhaps keep the exposure on the BG as is here and up the light on your subject...the subject should be properly exposed I would think.
    you'll get it :D
     
  8. Rob

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    LED torches can add catchlights. IMO catchlights are virtually essential. They're very cold shots - perhaps chuck a warming filter at 17% over them in PS. Portraiture is very difficult, and you've done well here, just a bit more brightness would make the world of difference!

    Rob
     
  9. zoe08

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    LED torches? Im sorry Im not very experienced at tall. This is only my 2nd semester in a photo class and first semester using the studio. We only did portraits once the first semester and we had to do it outside w/ natural light. And I really havent learned how to use photoshop yet. I can convert to B&W and fix the contrast kind of but thats mostly it.

    Thanks for the info. And I will make the light closer to the height of the person's face next time.
     
  10. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    Torch is Brit for flashlight.

    I think the light is a bit flat on the first one and a little awkward on the second. For the second one, I think having the light come from the right would be more flattering.

    I like the light position in the third one. Do you mind if I pull it into PS to play with the levels?
     
  11. JonK

    JonK I want MORE!!

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    yep the data is there zoe...just a PS levels adjustment away from a good shot :thumbup:
     
  12. Alison

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    I think you've gotten some great advice so far. All the elements are there, right clothing, background, etc. Have you tried bracketing your shots? One tip I have would be to bracket, shoot the same pose with a variety of f/stops or shutter speeds so you get a range of exposures to review later.
     

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