A&P Criticism welcome. My first portrait photo shoot

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  1. The Green Bastard

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    This is my girlfriend's daughter. She's 6, and loves ballet.
    The g/f asked me if I could do a little ballerina photoshoot with her.
    I was ecstatic! I really looked forward to this.

    C&C are welcome, of course. This is the most riveting image from the set, in my opinion.



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    imo too much going on the backround for that kind of pic
     
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    We weren't sure what to go with for a backdrop. Those are sheer curtains we picked up at a five and dime store. We also tried a plain white sheet, but it was too bland.
     
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    mmove her away from the background
     
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    I noticed the shadow, too. After I uploaded the pics to my PC. :(

    Didn't have a lot of lighting, either. I'm a noob...so I don't have all the gear.
    Yet. ;)

    I borrowed a flash from a friend's dad, and used some natural light coming in the patio door, and an overhead light.
     
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    first thing I thought was holy crap , backround is going insane...but someone already posted that.
     
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    :sad2: We kinda liked how the background stood out. :hs:
     
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    I like it.
     
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    I like the bg, but not the shadows. my non-professional non-uberleet opinion.
     
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    :rofl:If I had some more lighting gear, the shadows wouldn't exist. Thanks!
     
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    If you have the chance to do it again, like somebody else said, just move her foreward a few feet from the background.
     
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    Also, does your GF know that you post tons and tons of porn in afterhours day and night?
     
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    :noes::nono::nono::nono:
     
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    We plan on much more portrait shooting of the lil one in the near future. She's a doll, and loves the camera.
    :bigthumb:
     
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    Yes they would and you'd have more of them.

    The trick to good portrait lighting is to use a main source of very soft, diffused light (window light works well) and keep your subject away from the background. You can use other lights as backlights, set lights, etc. but you need to learn how to control and shape the light first. Simply adding more lights only adds more shadows to deal with.
     
  16. LEXTC

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    If you were able to move her away from the background and stick a light behind her that would get rid of all your shadow problems if you were able to have the back light spread out on your backdrop. But I think in your situation with the lighting that you have if you just moved her away from the background a bit it'd get rid of the shadows. If not refer to my first sentence of this post. :bigthumb:
     
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    Hmmm. I was really thinking of using some sort of backlighting...but where she's sitting on the floor, that'd be tough.
    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.
    :)
     
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    ever go to a photo studio, they will usually sit the little kids on a box or something. maybe try that, last tiem i bought curtains there were 2 in the pack. use one curtain for the background, get a box, drape the other curtain over the box and set the girl on the box. and have a light behind the box shining towards the curtain in the background eliminating any chance of shadws for the win :bigthumb: Oh and becareful of hot lights + curtains. Don't want any mistakes. :hs:
     
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    I was thinking the exact same thing. Even a milk crate would be enough to lift her off the floor, some.
    :) THanks!
     
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    Personally, I think the background is very fitting for a ballerina.. Light, floaty material that's somewhat similar to a dancers skirt. I would make the costume/background combo a little more contrasting.

    Moving her a little further from the background might help.

    Then again, I'm not that experienced.
     
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    thats a lie. you've taken more photos of yourself than anyone :naughty:
     
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    A little more contrast between the little girl and the background might help her stand out a bit more.

    Once you fix the lighting and get her off the floor, those would be awesome pictures. :)
     
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    DOWNLOAD THIS

    its a 25mb archived thread of images of others studios and how they set them up
     
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    :bigthumb: Thanks!
    Our "studio" was her dining room lol.
     
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    :rolleyes:

    I meant in setting up a photo shoot. ;)
     

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