Nov 07 12 10:41 am Link
Orlando, Florida, US
Likin' the B&W head, and the final colour image of the bunch . . . are you white balancing when you shoot, or doing it in post . . . the second image is a bit dark to me, and the first a little blown out and soft . . . I see you have quite a bit of lighting equipment, which pieces did you use for this shoot . . . liking your model choice, and general set up, all the rest is just a matter of tweaking . . .
Nov 07 12 11:26 am Link
I have a ColorMunki Display monitor calibrator but it seems to always make the monitor quite warm/brown. I had the white balance set for flash, though I did shoot in raw+jpeg so at least I can change that after the fact if I needed.
I used the NIK software Dynamic Skin Softener on one or two of those shots, it may have been over-done.
As for my setup, I had two 26" soft boxes stacked vertically, for a 26x50 effect, to the upper left of the model.
On the sitting shot I added a gold reflector
There was a 26" softbox hairlight behind her, same side as the key lights.
Lastly there was a single SB600 lighting the background.
The SB800 was on the camera and set to not contribute to the exposure.
I have a long remote flash cord so I can use the SB800 as either a fill flash or a 2nd background light. I'm really wishing I had one more sb600 so I can keep the sb800 near by for quick changes and still have two lights for the background.
From now on I'll be sure to snap pictures of my setup. I'm sure it would help others to help me.
Nov 07 12 12:18 pm Link
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
This just looks too soft, going to guess you used some kind of Photoshop or smoothing action
Over all model is in a negative pose, leaning forward and arm position
Again a negative pose
Cropping issue, if you show the knees generally best to include the feet
Dynamic poses are achieved by adding an “S” curve to models spine and not facing head and body in same direction, usually best to put models hips on angle to camera then face head straight ahead
In this image the black dress does not look as rich as it could be
The outer edge of dress, lower half, looks like a select process was used, but left jacked artifacts behind
Actually for your lighting try stacking the two soft boxes as you did, then from the opposite side use a 4 X 8 foot piece of white foam core to reflect the fill light back onto the model
Keep the lighting as close as you can to the model, just so it is out of view of camera
Keep shoulders low for a long appearing neck
The “S” Curve
Simply lower shoulder either one, then raise the hip on same side as lowered shoulder, slightly tilt head toward the high side shoulder.
Hips on angle to camera has a thinning effect
Did a nice job over all
Wish you well
Nov 07 12 12:45 pm Link
Thanks! Could you define what a negative pose is?
Nov 07 12 01:05 pm Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Lighting job was okay, I think you actually picked a tricky way to light a pose.
Only thing I felt was that the light didn't hit the face in the best angle possible. But everything else was lit okay.
Nov 07 12 03:13 pm Link
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
I think the final image is starting to get some unique lighting that show strong side differentiation, cheekbone etc. I love the black and white headshot in high key as it really illuminates the model's unique features such as her ears.
Nov 08 12 01:31 pm Link