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Extrosy
Posts: 656
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Would love some feedback on my new pics of Alex.

I'll proudly admit to being a lighting novice.  This is only my 2nd indoor shoot with an MM model, so I welcome tips and criticisms.

Also, for color/bw variations, curious which you think work better?

Thanks!

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa9714c155_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96fdaa53_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96ecdf08_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96dc4295_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96c7ae7d_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96b54ce4_m.jpg
Nov 07 12 10:41 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 20,916
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  .  .  .

SOS
Nov 07 12 11:26 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Extrosy
Posts: 656
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


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  Quote 
Photographer
Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,290
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa9714c155_m.jpg
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

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96fdaa53_m.jpg
Again a negative pose
Cropping issue, if you show the knees generally best to include the feet

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96b54ce4_m.jpg
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  Quote 
Photographer
Extrosy
Posts: 656
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Lee_Photography wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa9714c155_m.jpg
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

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96fdaa53_m.jpg
Again a negative pose
Cropping issue, if you show the knees generally best to include the feet

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/10/509aa96b54ce4_m.jpg
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

Thanks!  Could you define what a negative pose is?

I did try to get the model to bend more, but she's new and I couldn't quite explain the pose correctly.  However, even though the standing image is straight-on, I liked the force it had.

Nov 07 12 01:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Sandra Vixen
Posts: 642
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  Quote 
Model
Brightonn
Posts: 234
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  Quote 
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