Yes I know what you mean, I was having difficulty controlling spill, but in hindsight I probbly could have put the flash further away to increase the spill on the subject and managed the shooting position to control the light on the backdrop.
Its a nice idea and a good effect but the image does not stand alone without explaination; I have no idea what it means (maybe I am just not 'deep' enough).
The coffee brush looks nice but again I am not sure what it has to do with the image other than to frame the subject in the bottom right...
1/400 f6.3 ISO 200. Single Strobe fired from 80deg camera right, homemade snoot to control beamwidth, fast shutter to control ambient.
I was looking for a sort of meanacing look accentuating the equipment details.
C&C Welcome as always, hope you enjoy, LJ
Thank you all for your replies,
I think you might be right on the crop, I have plenty of space to expand the original out to the left and I think I may do that.
As for the lighting setup, it is one strobe about 70 degrees left of camera and approx 3 feet away and on the same level, set to...
yes the effect you are talking about is from post, it does have the effect of lightening the blacks.
I am working with it as a style as it is a bit different and works with a range of different shots, I am hoping it will grow on you!
Well my long awaited off-camera lighting setup arrived today and with the wife away I was forced to model for myself... Anyway here are a couple of shots from my first foray into off-camera lighting, please feel free to comment / critique as you wish; it is always appreciated.
Sorry for the late reply guys, Thank you for the comments, the photo is actually of my wife and a friend, his wife is hidden just behind him.
Fairly typical unfortunately, I am alwasy off shooting stuff while everyone else justs ggets on with life!
So, inspired by all your comments I just want to post one more shot. This early shot used fill flash and is properly exposed, and although I have kept the same tonal effect I have removed both the ugly vignettes and the halo artifacts.
Unfortunatley the shot does not stand alone very well IMO...
I am not seeing that, the post workflow was simpley to adjust exposure, reduce saturation a touch then a tinted overlay set to colour dodge and the 2o/c spot lighting effect, which brought out a nice tone IMO but did produce the unsightly vignettes.
I can't for the life of me see what...
I agree, I do use on camera flash to fill (heck the D40 is actually very good at it with 1/500 synch speed) buti made the decision not to for these. Off camera is merely my next project an I believe will open up a huge number of options.
As for the pp, yes, a couple of the false...
Thank you, lots of great information for me here. I have not yet worked with filters or polarizers so I will look into that.
I think your take on the 'good' photos is spot on, although #5 still does something for me!
I can't wait to twist some more arms and try out some new things...
Wow, thank you all for taking the time to comment!
I understand the comments about the backgrounds and I am not sure whether I like it mself, not wanting to rule anything out though so thtas what i tried for these ones. Fill flash woudl have helped but I hope to move to off camera flash soon...