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03-22-2008, 12:24 AM   #1
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Chihuahua and girl PhotoShoot

These were shot with a 150watt light and with the Pentax K10d with the 43mm lens.

This is the best of the lot and it was taken by a friend while I assisted on the lighting from the side.

F1.9 1/20 green mode spot metering and neutral white florescent. <--I should have set it differently and let him shoot raw. But perfect lighting from me right!!??!?!

And the others that I shot that could have been much better.

F2.4 1/30 spot sensitivity mode N white florescent spot metering

Light from below and behind.
f1.9 1/6 Sensitivity spot neutral white florescent.

This one was the only good one shot in raw. I finally remembered to set it to raw.
1/30 f2.0 sensitivity spot neutral florescent 140 iso changed the lighting to auto to get the daylight colors.

1/6 f1.9 sensitivity spot neutral white florescent iso 100

Please give me your suggestions for my next shoot.

03-22-2008, 03:42 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxtic Quote
Please give me your suggestions for my next shoot.
Leave out the Chihuahua

Sorry, I'm not serious, great shots. Love #3 for the Chihuahua and #5 for the girl.

Next? A portrait series of the girl?
03-22-2008, 04:49 AM   #3
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I'm so far from being any authority on portraits, it's not funny, but I'm learning about the elements that make good portrait shots at the moment and thought to share with you a very useful, easy to read and practical resource:

10. The Rules Of Good Portraiture

Specific to your attempts, I'd say:
- find a less distracting background
- try combining two lights set up in various ways to overcome the shadowing (side) or flat lighting (front) - see this site for more details on portrait lighting: 1. Studio Portrait Lighting - A How To
- have the model's shoulders not so square on to the camera (like the last shot)
- work more with the model to get some appealing poses, and
- keep trying!

Hope it helps...
03-22-2008, 05:00 AM   #4
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Use a white-balance card - proper white-balance would improve these shots immensely. In addition, proper exposure would also bring them up several notches. If you shot raw, then you're in luck since there's no need to reshoot. If you shot JPG then its back to the studio for you

3&5 look to be the closest to my eyes.

Lucky you though, you have two great looking models!

- Andrew

03-22-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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I have to agree with Andrew. The WB seems pretty off unless that is the look you wanted. I like 1,2&3 pose wize. Keep at it and work on the WB or like mentioned shoot in RAW and you can play from there
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Thankyou for looking and commenting: falconeye, Ash, AndrewShirley, vievetrick.

falconeye: I will ask and see if the model will like to pose by herself.

Ash: Noted on the background and two light setup. Just wanted to test the light and try a low lighting exercise like BenjiK. I see your point about the football, square to the camera look.

AndrewShirley/vievetrick: Will look into a whitebalance card and shoot more in raw to get the pictures exposed right for other shoots. It doesn't look right when converted to daylight colors on number 4.

Thanks again.
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Looks good, only things I would change are the lighting, which seems a bit too harsh, and the background. Also try using a lower F stop to blur the background a tad more.

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