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Old 01-19-2008   #1
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OK, it is a given that I have light colored walls and ceiling. Today I used one hot lamp (600 watts) pointed into a white umbrella. and my gray background. The camera is a Nikon D200/85/1.8 tripod mounted using ISO 200 and my Expodisc for WB. I used f2 and on the tighter shot 1/250 and the other shot 1/160 sec. These shots are not corrected in PS, just sized. I am pleased with these images, but always open to suggestions.Thanks, Bill P.

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I like 2 better, for me the light fall off on the face is too much to make 1 work as well as the second- the eye is lost.
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I like 2 better, for me the light fall off on the face is too much to make 1 work as well as the second- the eye is lost.
I agree. The second one is a darn good shot. Good color, composition, and lighting. Personally, I'd have pulled it a little tighter but that's more of my style and not always the best "standard" portrait.

Nice job keeping the glare off of the glasses, btw.
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Try some short lighting with the main light on the other side of her face.
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Try some short lighting with the main light on the other side of her face.
Try turning her head even more towards the front shoulder. Right now you have done terrific with the textured lighting across her clothing. Compare it to the last series. Now if you bring her face around a little more, you'll have short lighting on her face also. You want to have her right ear showing, not her left ear. Don't bring the light around to the other side of her face, bring her face around to the light. Definitely looking better. Your a good learner. I think that you're teachable

I also like #2 better for reasons that it is a feminine head tilt. Tilt towards the front shoulder.
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OK, thanks for the comments and suggestions. The next session I will try the short lighting and turn her head more to her left (my right). While she is a good sport, she gets tired of being asked to pose. We are going to try some shots of me with her behind the camera. If that goes well, I will post some of those. Cheers, Bill P.


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