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    First time using studio lights photo.

    First time using studio lights photo.
    Hello,
    I would like to have your thoughts on this photo i took by using my own studio lights. It was my first time using studio lights on my own. I used the Promaster P180 kit. By no means i am experienced with studio lights. I did not use a light meter. Do not have one yet.

    Thanks for you constructive criticism, G





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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            Quote Originally Posted by gerfoto View Post
                            Hello,
                            I would like to have your thoughts on this photo i took by using my own studio lights. It was my first time using studio lights on my own. I used the Promaster P180 kit. By no means i am experienced with studio lights. I did not use a light meter. Do not have one yet.

                            Thanks for you constructive criticism, G
                            If the blown-out highlights and blue color-cast are not artistic decisions on your part, I'd suggest you correct them.

                            My "Corrected" version still needs work but you get the idea. It's a more a proof-of-concept sort of thing.
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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            Agree. I did add the blueish filter so I can blow out some of the wrinkles on the backdrop and make it look like a high key portrait ? Thoughts ?


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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            The quick edit that Horoscope Fish did has more pleasing skin tones. I get blowing out the background to hide wrinkles, but you may want to use a different set of lights for the background so that you can keep correct exposure on your subject.
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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            I think I would have the model stand further away from the backdrop, open that 50mm up all the way, and dial down the light a bit to let that len's natural bokeh eliminate the backdrop's wrinkles...
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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
                            I think I would have the model stand further away from the backdrop, open that 50mm up all the way, and dial down the light a bit to let that len's natural bokeh eliminate the backdrop's wrinkles...
                            Hmm, yeah you got it, the room I was shooting was kind of tight so was not able to ask the subject to move too much forward...


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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            Quote Originally Posted by gerfoto View Post
                            Agree. I did add the blueish filter so I can blow out some of the wrinkles on the backdrop and make it look like a high key portrait ? Thoughts ?
                            I guess it depends on what sort of look you're going for. In my opinion, right now, the shot just looks like the White Balance is way off. Just my opinion, but you did ask for my thought's.

                            There are several ways the backdrop wrinkles could have been better eliminated (steam your backdrop prior to shooting, get more separation between the model and the backdrop, use a shallower depth of field, judicious use of the Healing Brush, et al). Speaking for myself, I tend to prefer high-key portraiture done in mono (B&W) or duo-tone so if this were my shot and I wanted a blue tint I'd color-grade it or use a Cyanotype filter depending on how intense a look I was after. To get the high-key look without the blowout in this particular shot, I'd play with the De-haze slider, pull back on the Clarity slider, or both, and see where that got me.
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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
                            I guess it depends on what sort of look you're going for. In my opinion, right now, the shot just looks like the White Balance is way off. Just my opinion, but you did ask for my thought's.

                            There are several ways the backdrop wrinkles could have been better eliminated (steam your backdrop prior to shooting, get more separation between the model and the backdrop, use a shallower depth of field, judicious use of the Healing Brush, et al). Speaking for myself, I tend to prefer high-key portraiture done in mono (B&W) or duo-tone so if this were my shot and I wanted a blue tint I'd color-grade it or use a Cyanotype filter depending on how intense a look I was after. To get the high-key look without the blowout in this particular shot, I'd play with the De-haze slider, pull back on the Clarity slider, or both, and see where that got me.
                            Hmm, good advice. @Horoscope Fish. I will look into the De-Haze slider and Clarity.


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                            Re: First time using studio lights photo.

                            I'm ok with the high key, blown out highlights. However, I would nike to see the blue cast removed. Have you tried this as a mono? I will say, for your first go at studio lights this is a great starting place.
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