A&P Holiday card photos C&C please

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  1. smaug

    smaug born to lose

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    This was my first time attempting to do anything with any lighting. I don't have the proper equipment so i made do with various work lights i have around the house/garage.

    i'm expecting harsh criticism so have at it.
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    It is pretty hard getting a proper exposure to get all of the detail in both of my dogs since they are completely opposite colors but i try anyway. these are straight from the camera, nothing done to them (as you can tell by the electrical cord in the pics)

    The cards we ended up using didn't come out as good as i had hoped, the printing process made the pictures the complete opposite of sharp, almost blurry :wtc:
     
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    What exactly was your lighting setup? The WB seems a bit off to me.

    I'd say 1, 3 and 5 have the most potential, but they need cropping - 3 is pelf. 5 could actually be ok w/o cropping but i needs some pp adjustments to WB and maybe try and bump the sharpness. Since this is a Christmas card you could get away with some heavy vignetting probably.
     
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    Great idea, just poorly executed. Everything seems a bit soft.

    I like the angle on #1 best, but I would've layed down on the ground to get some OOF area in front, giving it a bit of depth.

    I'd just bounce a flash off the ceiling most likely.

    Good idea.
     
  4. smaug

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    lighting setup was:
    -2 halogen shop lights ~ 1000w on the left about 10ft from the subjects,
    -1 500w halogen shop light
    -room lights (very dim)
    -Christmas tree lights
    -a run of the mill lamp with a 100w bulb in it.

    it was very hack and 2 bit, but i needed to do something for lightning and the cards needed to get done so they could be mailed out.

    We ended up going with #3

    It made me realize how much of a difference decent lighting actually does make and how i need to pickup something before trying this again :hsd:
     
  5. Wobistdu

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    would have gotten better results with a bounce off the camera.

    i bounce my sb-600 and can get virtually no visible shadows
     
  6. Section8

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    yeah, in a pinch a bounce off the ceiling or a bounce card can do wonders. You never know until you experiment though! Just keep shooting and practicing.
     
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    Soft & OOF.

    Focus on your subject & increase the shutterspeed (bump up the ISO if you need to).
     
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    good advice.. unfortunately all I have are slave flashes, which i can bounce off of the ceiling, but i would also have to use the on-camera flash.

    limitation of my equipment.

    I definitely appreciate the advice though.
     
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    your mixing lighting, which in turn will screw up your WB
     
  10. smaug

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    awesome.. thank you... like i said this is my first time even trying it, looks like i need to do quite a bit more reading.
     
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    adjusting your WB and sharpening FTW.

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  12. Run N. Gun

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    I love the idea. :bigthumb:
     
  13. Beege

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    funny idea.
     
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    awesome idea, very nice
     

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