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Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Hi All

I had the pleasure of photographing another of Heathers friends last night - a fellow rugby player with Hev (and a class one at that, she really is quite awesome) who said she'd love to have some shots done, so I was glad to oblige.

She mentioned one shot of mine she had seen, which was a hi-key one, so I tried to get a decent hi-key one of her. I am pleased with the outcome of this one... would appreciate any thoughts or comments you might have please.

No crop, just a conversion to b&w, and some processing in LR. Shot on the E3 with the 14-54mm.

Megan, in hi-key


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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Nice use of lights. You've got a full Home studio? Good focus on the face. The hand on the other hand (literally ) is a little blown out in the highlights and is a little too blurred to work well in a portrait like this. Probably either use a smaller aperture to get the hand more in focus or skip the hand in a portrait like this. This is (in my view) better luck with the DOF : http://www.flickr.com/photos/23716298@N02/4622969196/
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Stunning portrait, John!

That rugby team must be quite a formidable outfit. Makes me think of St Trinian's! Well at least this lot don't have hockey sticks!

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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Very nice John.
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Very nice indeed John, if i were to be critical it would be the blown highlight on the nose which makes it look broader than it is.
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Really good, has impact. As has been said re: Highlight on nose and I would suggest blown on hair. One other suggestion would be could the hand be lower to cover the body showing below to the curve of the dress. Still is a very good picture.
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

I think its really good, nice one John and with it meant to be a hi-key photo I think you can afford to allow some blow out highlights to add to the effect

How did you position the lights, did you have one to the side of the face and one on the background ?
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Thanks Steve - you're right, can afford just a little blow out on hi key Would have preferred to have the nose not blown though (excuse the pun!!)

Total of 4 lights: two blowing the background, one either side at 45deg each to the model. Left hand one a few stops lower than the right hand one.
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Well those lights work a treat, would you mind posting a link to the whole kit you got, lights and triggers, I think I'll have to invest in a set of these
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

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Well those lights work a treat, would you mind posting a link to the whole kit you got, lights and triggers, I think I'll have to invest in a set of these
Thanks Steve, they're a great investment I have to say.

Here's another image taken at the same shoot - this time with a black background, and 3 lights. One on low(ish) power, rear and up to the left of the model for some key light around the hair, and the other low down (neck height) illuminating the subject, and the third up high to the left of the camera, with reflector brolly to provide some general cover. Model faces right hand studio light, then turns head towards cam.

OK, I applied some graduated blurring to this in Lightroom for effect, but you can still see the lighting works well.

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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Very nice you seam to have these lights well tamed, have you also tried placing one directly behind the subject for rim lighting, could be a nice effect, seeing as you have plently of lights.

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Hehe...

I have this set from Elinchrom - the Dlite 2 set.

I also have two additional lights that I bought off a mate on another forum, but I can't remember what they are. I have 5 or 6 brollies that I use with these as the Elinchrom set comes with two square softboxes.

Great purchase, Steve.
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Cheers John, having a look for them now
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Re: Really enjoy portrait sessions... hi-key of one of Heathers friends; Megan

Apart from the hand in the first one it is fine, in fact the lighting is really pleasing. Unfortunately, my eye is instantly drawn to the hand when I really want to be looking at at is her face.
All I can say is Leave it out, John!
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