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  1. jimaroo

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    i just started taking portraits in my garage. my grandmother gave me a strobelight, and some other equipment.

    so far my pics have been looking prety good, but i do need some help with some of the lighting.


    i can do the dark backdrops, but not the lighter ones, if anyone cares to share any info that would help me, that would be awsome.


    thanks
     
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    Do you just have the one light?
     
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    Get another light, point it at a white backdrop, make sure the light on the backdrop is one stop higher than your subject
     
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    Color of the backdrop doesn't matter much. In fact I HATE white backgrounds. It's all a matter of personal preference.
     
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    Use the best light in the world you have at your disposal. ;)
    Check this video by the Discovery Channel, featuring a Hollywood photographer, Kevyn Major Howard.
     
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    Hi, If you posted more information, it would be helpful. Why do you think your shots look better on a dark background ?? What or how are you lighting the subject ?? Many questions arise, and not seeing your result makes it difficult to advise you. Look a other photographers portraits and by the shadows, you are able to ascertain the size and direction of the lighting they used, then try and copy it. Philip.
     

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