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Want Pointers Grandma and grandson

Discussion in 'Studio Images Forum' started by steve b, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. steve b

    steve b Always on

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    I'm not sure I've got the lighting right, just one large octabox, which works quite well for me most of the time, but the baby's skin is so white he looks a bit blown.

    Anyway, point me in the right direction please :)

    Edited: slightly toned down the brightness on the baby's face

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    Last edited: Jan 19, 2018
  2. rebel06

    rebel06 Without a cause Moderator

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    Nice moment captured well ... you could always use the adjustment brush in LR just on the babies face.
     
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  3. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    That's a great shot, Steve. I don't notice very much wrong with the baby's face, but if it worries you, Paul's suggestion would be the first step.
     
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  4. hooferinsane

    hooferinsane EXIF Seeker Super Moderator

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    That's a great portrait Steve.
     
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  5. oldgeezer

    oldgeezer Always on Premium Member

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    I think the lighting is fine Steve. Any more to the side and you would have heavy shadows between the two faces.
     
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  6. Kevin Fox

    Kevin Fox Always on Premium Member

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    Looks good to me. I'm sure grandma loves it
     
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  7. tenchy

    tenchy Rain maker Administrator

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    I don't see anything wrong with the lighting here Steve.
    Grandma! Doesn't look it!
     
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  8. steve b

    steve b Always on

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    She's 51 in a couple of weeks, I did do a bit of smoothing, lol, but no teeth whitening, she pays for that herself.
     
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    Looks good to me Steve, lovely portrait.
     
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  10. beersurgeon

    beersurgeon Here a lot

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    awesome shot!
     
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  11. Shaunmbs

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    Hi Steve, love this image. Where did you position the octabox? At the minute that’s all I have so was just wondering where you placed it. Looking at the child’s eyes I’d say 45/45? Just thought I’d check
     
  12. steve b

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    I'm working in a small space Shaun, I would say more 35/35. I've just taken some approx measurements. I was standing virtually touching the octabox.

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  13. Shaunmbs

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    Thanks Steve. How do you find that works for the shadows on the far side of the subject? Can’t really tell from the image due to the tight crop
     
  14. steve b

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    There is quite a strong shadow on my daughter's face, I think you will have to experiment using trial and error and some form of reflector. It's worth buying one of those windscreen reflectors, they're only a quid or so, and can be used just hanging from a coat hanger on a stand.
     
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  15. Shaunmbs

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    Thanks Steve very helpful. I’ll give it ago and let you know how I get on.
     
  16. Puffin

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    A lovely shot!
     
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  17. Shaunmbs

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    Hi Steve. What kind of focal length lens are you using for your small space.
     
  18. steve b

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    This was shot at 55mm (24-105 zoom), I often use a 50mm nifty. This is on a FF camera, so between 30mm and 40mm on a crop sensor. There's plenty of scope to move about at these settings, it looks tight physically, but it's not that bad. If you could look at the space in a large studio that you actually need for head and shoulders portraits with a 50mm lens, you would be working in a similar space to my restricted one - the closer the softbox the softer the light, I believe Shaun.
     
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    Baby`s face not blown at all to me Steve. Looks good
     
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    Thanks Rob, the eyes are a bit overdone, but that can be fixed.
     

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