Self Portraits with Off Camera Lighting C&C

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  1. BekahAura

    BekahAura TPF Noob!

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    I just got my starving student lighting kit (recommended by the Strobist), of course the flashes were out of stock so I'm using my dad's SB-28 for now.

    I used the sun and one flash with a shoot through umbrella. My ISO was set to 200 on all of them (the lowest on my Nikon D50).

    I'm not a model and I know the posses and expressions kind of suck. I took about 90 shots and in most of them I look concerned (is my flash gonna go off? When is the timer going to stop? lol), so these are the best I have.

    How is my lighting? Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated!

    1) 1/4 flash power
    1/500s f/5.6
    shot at noon
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    2) 1/4 flash power
    1/500s f/5.6
    shot at noon
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    3) 1/8 flash power
    1/250s f/4.5
    shot around 3pm
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    4) 1/8 flash power
    1/500s f/5.6
    shot at 3:30 pm
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    5) Full flash power
    1/500s f/5.6
    shot around 4pm
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    i think 3 is the best to me, the color in the rose gives a nice hint to the black shirt
     
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    I cant really give you any comments on the lighting, i'm new to that myself.. however, it looks like you're doing good, i'd just be careful about cutting off your limbs/elbows in the photos. Which, i guess can be pretty tricky if you're taking self portraits.
     
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    I agree about #3, but #4 is pretty close behind.
    I think you might have gotten your 'brella a bit closer in #5, but it's not so bad either!
    Other than the bit of chopping off, it looks like you're progressing pretty well.
    I applaud you in that you took the time to actually work on it.
    Keep up the good work!!
     
  5. BekahAura

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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate your comments and suggestions! Hopefully I'll have some models to practice on soon, so I can concentrate on the lighting.
     
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    2 and 4 need to be darker. The flash really shows too much. It's a good start, would like to see some more when you only have to focus on the lighting and exposure. It's so hard to do it all. :)
     

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