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#1 Art

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:26 AM

One Strobe AD600

 

Set up at 45 degrees to me and above me

Barn Doors

Grid

Diffuser 

 

D850

- on tripod ... using timer

Nikkor 105 mm f2.8G

 

1/250s

f9

ISO 64

+4 EV

 

PP in NIK Silver FX

and a little photoshop

 

Have at it! :lol: looking for critique.  

 

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:31 AM

Very nice Arturo! That is very well done.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:50 AM

Thanks, Ron.

As always, desperate for a model so apologies for making you suffer another self portrait! :lol:
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:03 AM

Lighting, execution, well done.

 

There are a few nits that I like to clean up in post. Has nothing to do with the execution of the image. The button is a bright as your face. the little emblem is dright.

 

what I tend to do is darken the emblem to where is just barely shows. And the same with the button, but not to the extreme of the emblem. Placing it into the shadows to leave shadow details. It's outside of the taking of the image, it the presentation of the image. Most folks say, close that emblem out. That could look good, but a small amount of shadow details is cool as well. As it is, the emblem is brighter than the zipper. and I think the zipper has the right amount of light on it.

 

One other think is logic. If I can see your face, and the light looks like your looking at it. and, your looking over your shoulder; where is your shoulder? I would go for cloning out the emblem to make that area black, but have some small fading details in the shadows for the shoulder your looking over.

 

In the days of film, one need to add contrast and then pull the process a bit in the development. And then control adding it back in the print. With digital, I find that the process (computer darkroom) adds contrast for each step. So, I have been tending to shoot with low contrast and as I processes it, let it naturally build, with control. Just my two cents. That and $300 more will get you a cup off coffee at starbucks. shows you how much my two cents is worth.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:01 PM

Art, your lighting setup is good, as far as it goes.

 

However, you look like you are floating in the ether.  Have you considered using some type of kicker light from behind, to outline your shoulders and the back of your head?  Perhaps just a speed light at low power, with a diffuser?   :)


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:17 PM

Dennis, thanks for the tips.  I adjusted as you suggested.  Feel free to comment further.

 

Thanks, Mark, I am experimenting with the AD600, trying to get a feel for it.  I just used the one light.

 

I just purchased this item as well ....

 

https://www.amazon.c...dian Pro Studio

 

A 10' x 12' backdrop stand I am fairly impressed with.  Trying to get the feel for portrait lighting with all this horsepower.

 

My process is to only use one light.  I want to see what I am capable of doing with it, strengths and weaknesses.  Will add other light later in the learning process.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:04 PM

Great! love the little bit of shoulder. And now, with the other two nits gone, we can see your face!  


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:09 PM

 And now, with the other two nits gone, we can see your face!  

 

:P :D :lol: :rolleyes:


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:13 PM

Great! love the little bit of shoulder. And now, with the other two nits gone, we can see your face!


God only knows, you couldn’t see it before!! :lol:
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 02:09 PM

I just purchased this item as well ....

 

https://www.amazon.c...dian Pro Studio

 

A 10' x 12' backdrop stand I am fairly impressed with.  Trying to get the feel for portrait lighting with all this horsepower.

 

My process is to only use one light.  I want to see what I am capable of doing with it, strengths and weaknesses.  Will add other light later in the learning process.

 

Thanks for the link, Art.  I was considering going DIY on a backdrop, but Amazon's price for the backdrop + material isn't much more than I would pay if I bought components at Canadian Tire or Home Depot.  Plus I don't have to put holes in a wall!  :lol:


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:28 PM

Nice work Art. Just curious as to why you didn't use a kicker like from behind you at camera right.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:33 PM

Nice work Art. Just curious as to why you didn't use a kicker like from behind you at camera right.

 

 

Experimenting only.  I need to see what 1 light can do.  Don't worry, have plenty of flashes to add to the equation.


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Posted Yesterday, 06:09 AM

The lighting is perfect Art.


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Posted Today, 03:33 AM

Thanks, Bill.


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