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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Sorry :lol: Super happy with my first flash portraits :D Still have a few kinks to work out, need to watch for the reflective items and wrinkled backdrop, but for my first run at it, I can't be happier. These were all with one flash, shoot thru umbrella and a weak attempt at using a second silver umbrella as a reflector but it didn't do much. The first pic is pure luck. After shooting myself with manual focus I asked her to stand in so I could tighten it up a little and while she was standing there I told her to look at the camera and snapped the shot. Besides little adjustments with brightness and contrast plus a touch of warming, I really didn't do much else. Next, on to two flashes (when my optical trigger shows up) These are links to Facebook images. The last one is me :D

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I could let the lady in the first pic, a Chaplain's Assistant, look tougher than me
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Hey Mike, solid first set! You did an awesome job keeping the light from spilling onto the background in the first two, but you've got a bit of spill on the background in your self portrait... it all comes down to the angle, or flagging the light so it doesn't create detail where you don't want it.

One thing to note though, you're about a stop and a half underexposed... So you'll have to boost the output of your flashes and make sure you keep the spill off the background at the same time.

Still though, getting everything working is a task... you've done an awesome job for a first set! Can't wait to see the next ones :D

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:59 am 
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Thanks Plymer! I guess I should post the originals. I actually took the exposure down some in Lightroom to fix the background and I guess I did go over board. I was working with limited space so we were actually standing much closer to the background than I wanted to. I will try a flag and see it that helps. Looks like saturday nights are about the only time I'm going to have to play around :?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:56 pm 
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I don't know a lot about Lightroom 4 but you could use a brush to lower the exposure on the background only. Might be worth a try.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Great set Mike! I agree with Plymer, your shots do seem pretty underexposed, although for a first try I'll admit you did great, good job :)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:29 am 
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OK, so this is the one most correctly exposed from the camera, I guess it is still off some but this is with no changes to the exposure. I guess I need to work in a more correctly lit room. I guess my room is so dark it is skewing what I see because on my computer they look fine then when I bring them to my computer at work to post them they are still dark
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V2 Lighting Corrct-3 by mcarriganphotos, on Flickr

I know the other 2 are way under so I tried bumping it up in lightroom. I just hate the back ground showing thru
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:49 pm 
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Hi Mike,

nice set. For a quick fix on that background in Lightroom, select the brush tool, knock down exposure well into the black then decrease the sharpness by as much as you can and proceed to brush out the entire backdrop. This should give you a nice, crinkle free almost pure black background.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:00 am 
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Starting to look good mike, what's with the pink lippy? :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:31 pm 
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Oh crap jkstacey, I tried to add a little color to her lips, are you saying I over did it :oops: These 3 re-posts I tried to fix the light but I tried to do a little touch-up practice. I worked on all three of our eyes, killed just a touch of clarity on her cheeks and added some saturation to her lips.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:04 pm 
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It could be a problem with your monitor not being properly calibrated :) I've had terrible problems with pictures looking way different when viewed in on other monitors or even other programs... it was horrible... it all went away once i got a proper IPS panel.

But yeah, on my monitor the lips look very way too pink as well :D I thought the first pic you posted looked great, very natural.

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Looks quite nicer, good job! By the way, I didn't quite notice the changes in the eyes, but now comparing the shots side by side, the second set does look a lot nicer and they don't look overdone like the lips on the first one. Nice set anyways :P

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