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  • Strobist - Baby shoot #2

    Never sure whether to post these in critique or here, but it is opinions on the lighting that I am interested in.

    Any hints, tips, tweaks or general comments?

    Bathtime

    Strobist info:
    1 flash shot through an umbrella at 1/2 power front right
    1 bounced off the ceiling at 1/2 power diagonal left

    Exif data

    Camera Canon EOS 450D
    Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
    Aperture f/8.0
    Focal Length 50 mm
    ISO Speed 400
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
    Flash On, Fired

    EDIT - I forgot to mention a reflector which was positioned underneath the light on the right.
    Last edited by Ginger Pixie; 01-28-2012, 06:04 PM.
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  • #2
    Adorable kid. Good focus, WB & I like the composition

    From a lighting point of view, your fill in the umbrella seems a little high. There is shadowing from the towel to just under the eyes and no catch lights in the eyes. You almost pull it off here, because his eyes are so alive, you can almost survive without the catch lights, but I do think they would really add to this picture.

    *edit... I just saw your strobist info, and your light was on the right, so more than likely it is hidden by the towel. I would try reversing the lights first, and then lower it if needed.
    Last edited by scootermcq; 01-26-2012, 06:35 PM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by scootermcq View Post
      Adorable kid. Good focus, WB & I like the composition

      From a lighting point of view, your fill in the umbrella seems a little high. There is shadowing from the towel to just under the eyes and no catch lights in the eyes. You almost pull it off here, because his eyes are so alive, you can almost survive without the catch lights, but I do think they would really add to this picture.

      *edit... I just saw your strobist info, and your light was on the right, so more than likely it is hidden by the towel. I would try reversing the lights first, and then lower it if needed.
      Thanks for your comments - very much appreciated!

      This was the first shot I took while I was testing the lighting set up - you are bang on with the position of the light to the right, it was moved straight afterwards. Typically, it was my favourite shot of the day, despite lack of catchlights.

      Excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean reversing the lights?
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      • #4
        i agree- the picture is super cute, but we lose vibrance in baby's left eye. as for reversing the lights, i think he means move the left one to the right side and vise versa. this way, light actually reaches under the fabric and catches both eyes.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by phaither View Post
          i agree- the picture is super cute, but we lose vibrance in baby's left eye. as for reversing the lights, i think he means move the left one to the right side and vise versa. this way, light actually reaches under the fabric and catches both eyes.
          f
          exactly.....
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          • #6
            Originally posted by phaither View Post
            i agree- the picture is super cute, but we lose vibrance in baby's left eye. as for reversing the lights, i think he means move the left one to the right side and vise versa. this way, light actually reaches under the fabric and catches both eyes.
            f
            Thanks for clearing that up. I thought that was what was meant, but I checked in case there was something I had missed

            Thanks for your helpful comment!

            Originally posted by scootermcq View Post
            exactly.....
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            • #7
              I assume the wall and the blanket are both shades of pink...W/B looks pretty good.
              IMO the light to the rt is a bit too hot. There are portions of the blanket that are blown almost white and lost the detail.
              As Scott mentioned the shadow due to the blanket...That could have been fixed with a bounce card low front but probably would not have added the catchlights desired. I think that even if you had reversed the lights you would still need some bounce because both sources are primarily from above. I'm guessing the child was laying on something white/light because I think there is *some* bounce fill getting in. That might have been enough with the lights reversed.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by sk66 View Post
                I assume the wall and the blanket are both shades of pink...W/B looks pretty good.
                IMO the light to the rt is a bit too hot. There are portions of the blanket that are blown almost white and lost the detail.
                As Scott mentioned the shadow due to the blanket...That could have been fixed with a bounce card low front but probably would not have added the catchlights desired. I think that even if you had reversed the lights you would still need some bounce because both sources are primarily from above. I'm guessing the child was laying on something white/light because I think there is *some* bounce fill getting in. That might have been enough with the lights reversed.
                Thanks for your comment. I forgot to mention the reflector (!) which was underneath the light on the right. I have put up another shot with the same lighting set up from a different angle and minus towel, which looks quite different... So towel took the full force of the flash, I think...
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