Portraits at the Camera Club


Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 00:08
Portrait night, last night. Pentax K-1 and D FA 28-105.




Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 02:10
I like these. Care to share a bit more detail on the lighting?

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Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 07:31
A good tip is to look into the models eyes, you'll see the light reflected in her pupils

This looks to be a Softbox or Beauty dish to camera right, plus a hair light defiantly in the last image,


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Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 14:48
Nice pair of eyes. Like the photos
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Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 16:12
They are sparkling, beautiful portraits! Great looking photos that make the model look great also. The last one stands even more above the others I think, probably mainly because of the hairlight, but the angle and pose are excellent. I'm curious about the light placement here, because I can't see how her arms would not be casting shadows onto her face .... ?

I also favour the first one because of the higher contrast across the face. The middle two have the nice light illuminating the background. I wonder did you have only two lights, it looks like you have perhaps turned the hairlight around to light up the background in those two.... ?

The D FA28-105 is my favoured portrait lens now .... looks like a killer combination with the K1. It is very sharp and impressive at F8-F11. Plus the extra flexibility of having a zoom is a big help I think in these situations, which are always a bit dynamic.

This sort of photography is deeply satisfying, daunting to know how to get started, and there are setbacks and 'experiments' all the time, but when it comes off right its a great feeling. I'm sure you felt that satisfaction seeing those shots roll off from the camera and onto the LCD! I wish I could have the opportunities to develop and pursue this sort of thing more, but it will have to wait a long while unfortunately for now. It would be great to see a pull-back shot of the setup including the background and light positioning .... there's only a certain amount that can be gained from studying the catchlights.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 10/11/2017 - 16:20


Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 19:14
All crackers from a man of many talents
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Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 21:01
Thanks everyone. And too kind Brian. First shot is a single Octobox camera right. Second and third are beauty dish in front with Tri reflector below, and another light on the background. Last shot is four flash. Main in front slightly to right. Fill to the left, and 2 to the left and right rear.
I don't normally do much processing, but I hate ugly highlights in eyes from multiple artificial light sources. So I removed the 3 of the 4 highlights in 2 and 3 and 1 of 2 highlights in the last one. And on that subject I detest the highlights from ring flashes. Glad there wasn't one of those in this sitting.



Link Posted 10/11/2017 - 22:38
As good as any portraits I've seen anywhere.
Great shooting.
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Link Posted 12/11/2017 - 21:41
Simply wonderful Alan; great photocraft, lighting and stunning composition; doesn't get better.




Link Posted 12/11/2017 - 22:18
Fabulous shots, professional and polished. The model is very attractive too. I'm no expert on portraiture, but I know I like these.

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Link Posted 13/11/2017 - 22:21
Thanks so much for the comments. Not my usual thing



Link Posted 13/11/2017 - 22:23
Thank you for the lighting detail. Very impressed with these.

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Link Posted 14/11/2017 - 06:44
Excellent control of lighting Alan and sharp, detailed images to boot.

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Link Posted 14/11/2017 - 09:15
Very nice. A topic I have never tackled.
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Link Posted 14/11/2017 - 12:11
Great set of images. Like them all.
As someone else said above, portraits is something I have not dared to attempt. I feel it's a difficult and daunting art.
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