A&P My first attempt at night portraits...

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  1. SkyAce2004

    SkyAce2004 New Member

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    Tried some different stuff. I used an SB600 off camera with a CTO filter to match the ambient lighting. I think next time ill use the 1/2 CTO filter. The pictures were really orange.

    I dont care too much for the poses, or the look on her face right now, I was more worried about getting a decent exposure with good lighting.

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    For those of you too lazy to use an EXIF plugin..
    Nikon D80
    Nikon 18-200 VR
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    SB600 w/CTO filter off camera
     
  2. Lol McRofles

    Lol McRofles Lollers OT Supporter

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    I REALLY like #4. Great colors, awesome pose and composition. Her curves look amazing and the intensity in her eyes just make this a great picture.
     
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    I like 4 as well. Others are not so good. Moon one is nice.
     
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    Lol McRofles Lollers OT Supporter

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    I like the idea behind the pier. Maybe if you could have combined something like #3 into the pier, there could have been something there.
     
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    a few comments. since you asked specifically about lighting, and not about the model's expressions/etc I'll leave that off.

    1. uplit look to it. Its got a flashlight around the campfire telling scawwy stories feel to the lighting. dunno if you were going for that.
    4. really nice. Your best one.
    5 the light falloff makes her thighs, and the stone under her left hand the focal point. Maybe you meant to have it higher, around her face?
    6. nice. looks good.
    7 face looks under.
     
  6. Lol McRofles

    Lol McRofles Lollers OT Supporter

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    Sorry, didn't read the part about comments on lighting. :oops:

    Reading comprehension > me
     
  7. SkyAce2004

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    #4 is my fav also. I was messing around in LightRoom, and I came up with a good post process also.



    It was a public park on the water. I was mainly interested in the fountain, but I also wanted to try some light painting, so I went onto the pier with no lights.

    #5, I forgot to reposition the strobe from a last post to light up her face. I thought I could fudge it in LR, but I guess not.
    #7, I had the light stand too far away, I should have moved it closer

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    Anyone have any general pointers or tips for this kind of photography? Ive been experimenting with all kinds of stuff and situations to get a general well rounded knowledge base of what to do in certain situations. I think I need to finally just pick something and improve on it. I would love to get into weddings at some point full time, but I want to enhance my skill overall first before I start taking on a huge task like that.

    I think im gunna go back out tomorrow night with another girl and give it another try.
     
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    You need to focus better on the eyes and it looks like you are having some camera shake. Try to up your flash a bit and increase your shutter speed.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    :eek3: She has four arms! haha pretty cool picture. red line on the bottom should be removed, though
     
  11. OlafBeserka

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    I like #4 and 7. 4 could use some light on her hair though, but i like it.
     
  12. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    that makes no sense... upping his flash power and increasing the shutter speed will not do anything but overexpose (well, if he'd exposed properly in the 1st place) the subject and underexpose the background. You're not seeing camera shake, he just missed the focus.

    Mark

    I'm not sure what your settings were at, I can't read the exif, but up your ISO to bring the ambient up a little while trying to maintain a decent shutter speed and adjust your AV and flash power accordingly. Most of these look like you were firing a bare flash dead on axis with your model.... you need to get that flash up high and pointing downward. to give some better sculpting to your subject and be a little more flattering.
     
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    Im pretty sure I was using ISO 400 and a shutter speed around 10 seconds. I dont like noisy images, so I didnt want to bump it up too high.

    The focusing was a BITCH to do in near pitch black light, ill bring a flashlight with me tonight.

    As far as the flash, I had it for the most part at eye level. I used an umbrella for the first few, but the wind kept knocking it over, so I stopped using it. I think ill have an asst. come with me tonight also. But it was also about eye level with the girl, but off to the side. Ill try placing it higher up tonight.

    Thanks for the info
     
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    :eek3: I know older nikons are known for having noise issues, but I'd rather have some noise (which shouldn't be toooo bad as long as you nail the exposure) over trying to pull sharp images out of a 10 sec shutter speed.
     
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    Are you using a countdown delay or remote shutter release?
     
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    i was using a wireless trigger.
     
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    ill give 800 a go tonight. yesterday was good, but ive got some good pointers now. i wish i had a second strobe....damnit.
     
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    at first i thought #4 was a different girl. Best photo by far in the set.
     

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