Thanks LA StarShooter and Andy!
David Kirk wrote:
I recommend experimenting with raising the main light.
I was thinking about that, but didn't have enough time to experiment. Thanks! What angle would you have held it for a shot like this?
Bring the light in as close as you can so it is just out of the frame, use the 55 mm setting on your lens [55 X 1.6 = 88 mm effective] which is generally a better portrait setting as it distorts the face less.
You could also use a piece of white foam core or such to fill in the shadows
As to the pose, better to have the model looking where her noise is pointed so you are not blasting the camera with the whites of her eyes
Over all it is a nice first shoot with triggers
So you essentially get the light as close as is possible? Is that because you're looking for a bigger apparent light, or faster fall off?
Agreed on the focal length, I was being lazy. Thanks for pointing it out That was around 50 mm equivalent though, isn't that decent? I've taken some good head shots with a 50 mm prime on a 35 mm camera.
I actually have a piece as a reflector, it's on my list of things to try
The direction of eyes definitely registered subconsciously, but it didn't quite hit the conscious level. The "looking where her nose is pointed," part is a really good way of putting it, thanks.
Thank you for the feedback so far everyone! Really interested in some expansion on the comments about holding the light higher and closer.