[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'
    image.

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

    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
    stomach)

    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..

    bellissimo!!
     
    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
    "bellissimo"
    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
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  6. save ti :) i will try, thanks a lot :))
    my chinese too ;)
     
    Giovanni Fracasso, Jun 6, 2005
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  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 ;)
    [/QUOTE]

    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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