Son looking tough, trying diff light arrangements

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  1. dizzyg44

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    Constructive C&C please

    Done with single strobe and reflector, minor level adjustments but very close to originals. No actual editing to them (hence the eyes could look better).

    Lighting is so freakin' challenging yet so fun. I have so much to learn.

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    First, I think the background is far too LifeTouch, but to each his own.

    I would primarily work on getting more light into his eyes. He's got these great blue eyes and they're dim and gray in these shots. Great eyes will make your subjects pop.
     
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    More light in the eyes, yeah. Reflector from below, mayhaps?
     
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    Shot #2 is great. However, the catch lights in some of them are only on one eye, it would be good if you post process the missing ones in so that it does not look unbalanced.
     
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    Lighting is 'freaking' challenging, and so is posing... ;) And we all have much to learn...

    I think you should drop your main light, all comments so far hint on the eyes. Setting your main light lower will certainly get that missing life and catch lights in there, and also eliminate the shadows beneath his eyebrows, nose and chin.

    Try moving in closer with the reflector, to soften the shadows cast on the face off of main. Also try to NEVER shoot the sitter from below - it's really too unflattering. It's quite obvious how the boy is turning his head up toward the light - don't bring him to the light, bring the light to him, and into his eyes...

    The last picture is much better, really nice - more even lighting, the catch light in his eyes and also a way better angle on his face. He's shining! He just seems so much more comfortable and natural there. All the previous portraits have a 'forced' feel to them...
     
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    Thanks Guys/Gals.........

    All Suggestions duly noted.

    I know what you mean about shooting from below, He wanted to look a little tough or pensive. I guess it didn't quite work.

    Posing is extremely hard, especially with a 6 yr old who can't stay still and is constantly flinching...arggh.....

    Can't wait to see the next results after trying you all's suggestions.
     
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    I think that you should also look at camera angle and what facial features the camera angle is emphasizing. You may not want to necessarily emphasize certain features if they distract from the eyes.

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    How's this after post processing?

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    A decent job on the process, I just don't think this was the prime example to process. I keep wanting to look at the eyes but they are not the central focus.

    EDIT: Right eye seems OOF if I wasnt precise enough
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I lost the raw and had to use the jpeg on flickr to edit.

    I added the catchlight myself as it didn't have one, my poor PP skills and jpeg compression are possible making it look OOF, but that's just a guess.
     
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    Well I wouldnt say that its necessarily out of focus (should have worded by last post better, i apologize), but its just not the central focus point which usually ends up working best for this type of close portrait.

    Good job none the less, keep em coming.
     
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    quick 5 minute process.....

    Getting the missing catchlight was tough to draw so I instead copied it to new layer via magic selection tool and moved it over, 81 warming filter @ 20% opacity.

    I tried to brighten the eye, but one was already way brighter than the other and couldn't quite get them to match before bringing them up together, no matter what I did just leaving it alone looked more natural.

    I know these are creatively boring really, but I'm trying to get them some what technically correct first before trying to be creative.

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