[photo] tryng to make portraits...help me make it better?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Giovanni Fracasso, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. Giovanni Fracasso, Jun 6, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    Very close to *excellent*, Giovanni. I *really* like your 'lauryn3'

    Nice simple, striking page design, and the posted shot is very good,

    1. Your highlights are just a little 'blown'. Maybe bring down the
    contrast just a little to avoid those pure white areas.. ('lauryn1'
    also has 'blown' areas on her cheek and neck, and the image needs just
    a little more form amongst all that unrelenting blackness! As it
    stands your eye is drawn to her face, then her disembodied hands and

    2. Your use of two lights at a similar angle, has given a noticable
    double shadow effect that looks a little strange, made a bit more
    problematic by the hard edges of the shadows. A little more work on
    the lighting, and these would be..

    chrlz, Jun 6, 2005
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  3. thank a lot for the bellisima but i have a lot to learn before a right
    yes...sure...this is a hoose...i like this blown effect on the
    skin...maybe u are right...too much
    lol yes:)
    i'm using a double light (30$ cost...) 1000watt (500watt every light) in
    the same tripod...i tried tu put them allinead but...difficult...

    thaks a lot (and sorry for my terrible english)
    Giovanni Fracasso, Jun 6, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    i'm using a double light (30$ cost...) 1000watt (500watt every light) in
    Yes, I know what you mean! I use this type of lighting too - get's
    hot, doesn't it!

    One solution I found was to go to a craft store, and I found some big
    'translucent' or frosted clear plastic sheets - they should be nice and
    cheap! Hold them up to the light and make sure they don't have any
    major color shift (not a problem for black and white..). I taped a
    couple of these together to make a sheet about 2 feet (60cm) by 3 feet
    (1m) wide. Then I hung that sheet vertically about 2 feet (60 cm) in
    front of the lights. (You could also use white ripstop nylon, or even
    a piece of white thin cotton sheet. That way you end up with a big,
    crude 'lightbox', which will give very soft shadows. Make sure that
    whatever you use is not close enough to catch fire.. (O;
    No problem, my italian would be much worse.
    chrlz, Jun 6, 2005
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    Alex Guest

    Alex, Jun 6, 2005
  6. save ti :) i will try, thanks a lot :))
    my chinese too ;)
    Giovanni Fracasso, Jun 6, 2005
  7. thanks a lot :)
    Giovanni Fracasso, Jun 6, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    Hey there, Giovanni!

    It looks like your color shot was taken using hot-lights with a blue
    filter for color correction. Am I right? If so, it seems as if
    you're overcorrecting. If you're using a 20A, try taking it back to a
    20B. I found that a 20B with 500W quartz halogens gives much better
    tone. The photo's well set-up, but your model has a definite
    blue/cyan caste.
    Rob Novak, Jun 7, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    save ti :) i will try, thanks a lot :))
    my chinese too ;)

    How about an umbrella? I made this rig myself
    http://harryphotos.com/500watt1.jpg which now has 2 500watt lights as well
    :) Produces a really nice soft light but you loose a lot into the
    umbrella(photoflex). http://www.harryphotos.com/baby/ few quick ones with
    the umbrella light (smaller 150W fill light in the background for the 2nd
    one, needs a hair I know....).
    Dirty Harry, Jun 7, 2005
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