Portaits at night

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  1. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I was supposed to go to their house to take pictures of them before they attend a formal event. But when we got there I cringed when I saw the sun setting and one of them wasn't nearly ready yet. But I decided to try my best anyway.

    This were taken in absolute blackness, so please ignore any critique about their poses, I left that mostly up to them since I couldn't even see them through the view finder. What I am after is critique on the lighting and the image itself. I had only an SB800 off camera on a flash stand, and my camera mounted flash to fill in the resulting harsh shadows. (an umbrella is next on my to buy list)

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    I know it would look better on a green lawn but .. I live in Australia :)
     
  2. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    Just my opinion probably but i think you have too much empty space on the sides a verticle or square crop would have been much better
     
  3. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Very true. I did get the critique that I didn't fill the subject in the frame enough from a friend the other day. I would still prefer to stick with the 3:2 format though, I'll have a play with cropping and post again tonight.

    Any improvements about the lighting? It is a little harsh, and if I can't afford an umbrella within the next month (reads: find a real job) then I'll probably have to whip up something tricky :) What about the angles That the lighting is coming from?
     
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    koda-46 TPF Noob!

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    I'm not sure if you know, but this is the PROFESSIONAL portrait & wedding gallery...... not ameture
     
  5. smyth

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    quit trolling.
     
  6. heip

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    I think your main was a little too far to the left, and maybe a little low, but I think you can salvage it in PS.
     
  7. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Looks like a tough situation. Do anything you can to get some lights in the background. I don't mean strobes necessarily, but just out of focus shapes of light and darkness, or spots, twinkles, etc... Even if it's just the lights of their house out of focus.
     
  8. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Oh really I got paid for this. So that makes me "professional" regardless of how bad my photos may seem. Also I'm not sure if you know but this thread is 3 months old. Despite how taboo it is to raise a thread from the grave, the least you could do is say something productive. Also learn to spell amature, your post does not look very professional and should probably have been posted in the off-the-wall section.

    Ahhh Ksmattfish, that's an interesting suggestion. Giving the crap conditions and the road behind them I went out of my way to keep the background as non-existent as possible. That probably contributed to the boring nature of this picture.

    heip yeah that could be. The harsh shadows definitely amplify that effect.
     
  9. chrisb2794

    chrisb2794 TPF Noob!

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    I was really excited to find this site, until I saw this.:thumbdown:
     
  10. hawee99

    hawee99 TPF Noob!

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    hahahahahahaha that comment was made three months later!? hahahahahahah jeez!
     
  11. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    I'm seconding that notion. Tone down the attitude.
     
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    karissa The Untitled

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    Every forum is going to have a wide range of people on it. Please don't let one post ruin your time here. Take a look around. I think you'll like it.
     

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