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Old 08-14-2007   #1
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I am fairly new to lighting and wonder how to light this better. I have 2 lights and umbrellas and a large softbox. I want to try it again and do a better job.


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Harry, you know I am no pro but I think it's a bit flat. Some shadows would be nice for example to define the shape of the nose. Looks like 45' from both sides of your model to me. Try different ratios between the two lights. It looks also slightly overexposed to me.

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Felix, it is too flat. I could not find a way to keep the shadow from the mat board off her face unless the lighting was flat. Any idea's on how to do that?
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I would try place you're main light directly inf ront of her, and a toned down light at 45, if this is still casting a shadow on her face from the board, try get her to pull the board back a bit, almost sticking her head through it. I am no expert though, just what I'd try.
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Thanks Tim, I will give it try next time.
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Harry, sorry I was a bit slow with thinking here

I am not sure if that works but if she holds the frame further and turns her head more to one side. Then just with the large softbox from the side so that it is in line with the side of the frame.
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Thanks Felix, I will try that too. She liked the photo and I like the concept just wanting to be able to do it better.
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I am not that knowledgeable on lighting, but here are my thoughts on what I would try
place soft box to the left of model and umbrella light 45°angle from model sitting on your right.

you also might want to shoot her from a slightly higher angle or have her tilt her head down just a bit. The frame is also cutting off a bit off her hair on top which is mildly distracting. I really like this idea you have here.
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Thanks Jon, I will give that a try too. I can tell I will need to print out all the suggestions for when I set up the studio again.
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Nice concept - you may want to try side lighting. Have your subject hold the frame a couple of more inches towards the camera and place the main light 90 degrees from center axis and the fill light at camera position. This lighting scheme usually is used for portraits of men, but could possibily work with the young lady if you do not make it too contrasty. Example: Side light f/16 / fill light f/11 or f/11-1/3. If you try this lighting with men make it more contrasy for the masculine macho look.
One small thing I notice is that she is really holding onto the frame like it weights 20 or thirty pounds - note lower right hand. Have her relax the grip on the frame. A few kind words and a couple of practice runs will help her not show stress.


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