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Old 05-11-2017, 06:13 PM   #1
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shadow work

im still hanging around. not shooting as much as I used to.
still get the occasional portrait in though. decided to try a few almost low key shots with heavy shadows.
these were all shot with a single speedlight and 42" Brolly.

I just like the way he posed in this one. never really came to a 100% decision on how i wanted to edit this, but this is where I finally left off.
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this was originally just a test show to dial in some numbers, but i liked the angle so i kept it.
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this is probably my favorite of the set. not really sure why, i just liked it.
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because standing in front of a camera makes you thirsty.
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:35 AM   #2
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I like these! Of course, I'm no expert on studio lighting, and it's frankly the least interesting thing about photography to me - though I appreciate that it's one of the most important, as it deals so directly with controlling light.

I like the last shot, too, since he seems more relaxed with the prop in hand. A nice, casual stance.

For me, the strongest shot is the second one, where he's got his hand up to the ear. I like the expression on his face, and it leads the viewer to speculate on what he's listening to or thinking about in this moment. I like the lighting here, too.

Pretty nice work and a solid set of portraits, Jason. Nice to see you posting!
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:40 AM   #3
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Hi, and nice to see you back posting!

I know very little about studio lighting, so my comments should be considered in 'light' of that fact. I always like to see the subjects eyes in a 'full on' face shot...in the first shot, the eye sockets seem too dark to me. I do like the pose in the second shot, and my preferred shot is the third one because I prefer that lighting and I can see the subjects eyes the best.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:11 AM   #4
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Hi, and nice to see you back posting!

I know very little about studio lighting, so my comments should be considered in 'light' of that fact. I always like to see the subjects eyes in a 'full on' face shot...in the first shot, the eye sockets seem too dark to me. I do like the pose in the second shot, and my preferred shot is the third one because I prefer that lighting and I can see the subjects eyes the best.
of course, i had to do my regular style shots as well.
two brollys and a hairlight.

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Agree that this lighting really brightens the face - everything is clear, no dark shadows, as Anty was commenting on.

That said - full on front-facing seems the least interesting of the poses. I think the 2nd one and the last one (with the Coke can) hold the most interest.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:45 AM   #6
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[I wasn't saying the full on front facing pose is preferred, just if that is the pose used, I want to see both eyes, and I couldn't easily see them due to the shadows in the first shot.]
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