First shot with new setup

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First shot with new setup

Alright..give it to me straight!! Smile I have been procrastinating with setting this all up and getting some shots...part of me just doesn't want to be anything but a natural light photographer...but, we had our first major snow last night, and no one is booking outdoors anymore, because it's too cold. I need some income during the winter too.
Anyway...
1. How is the wb? I think this is going to be the hardest thing for me shooting indoors..
2. I don't like how her face almost matches the bone background. Should I add another prop (such as a tiny Christmas tree) to take away some of the background...or any thing else you can think of to help with that? The problem is..I don't want to have to spend hundreds of dollars on props...but I feel indoor setups in themselves are so boring...you NEED props to make them more interesting...
3. I think I'm going to have to invest in a reflector. I don't mind the shadow on her face, because I don't want it to be flat lighting...but the darkness behind the chair bothers me. Does it bother you?
Thanks for any CC you can give me!

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kris10gal's picture
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WB looks good. I just got a expodisc and would highly recommend it for indoor WB. I can't even describe the difference it makes.

The flooring is a little wrinkled in the back and I might up the exposure a smidge. Otherwise I think it looks great! I cannot wait to see what you do with your new setup and your new LO, that will be so much fun for you! What did you buy to hold the paper, do you like it?

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Yeah, see...I feel like it's underexposed too...but I'm super close to blowing the red channel as it is...
Yep..I see the wrinkled flooring...have to figure out how to make it look more natural. My basement (where I'm shooting) is carpeted...so for now, we put an old door on the floor just for something more solid.
At the moment, I'm just using a savage stand that my friend gave me to borrow. She's out of the country for the next year. I do like it so far--it holds my 103" and seems very sturdy.
Thanks for the CC!

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I think it looks pretty good. I have the same problem with the skin with Addison, she's so pale.

What did you use for the flooring? I'm trying to find something that looks like wood, but the fake stuff I am finding is too expensive since I just do pics of my girls.

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The flooring is just a roll of bulletin board paper from Michaels...with coupon, it was $4, I think??

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I think it looks pretty good. I would add a baseboard to get a more finished look.

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My Michaels store didn't have anything like it the last time I looked Sad I think the photo looks great and I like the color and light. Only thing that I noted was nothing between the floor & backdrop, like baseboard...

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"Laberglund" wrote:

Yeah, see...I feel like it's underexposed too...but I'm super close to blowing the red channel as it is...
Yep..I see the wrinkled flooring...have to figure out how to make it look more natural. My basement (where I'm shooting) is carpeted...so for now, we put an old door on the floor just for something more solid.
At the moment, I'm just using a savage stand that my friend gave me to borrow. She's out of the country for the next year. I do like it so far--it holds my 103" and seems very sturdy.
Thanks for the CC!

Do you edit in LR and then into photoshop? If you edit in LR and look close to blowing the red channel, you can change the calibration setting from Adobe Standard to Camera Neutral. It helps a ton! It is in the develop mode and pretty close to the bottom.

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I think it looks good! Maybe a little underexposed like mentioned, but the other stuff you mentioned doesn't bother me. I kind of like it being slightly darker behind the chair!

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I have a gray card that I use for WB, I use in PP though, not for custom WB. I tend to adjust the WB after I click on the card, but it gives me a good start.

I would use a small tree to break things up behind her. You're right about the background color, it really is too close to her skin color at least here. Maybe cool the photo down a touch and see if that makes a difference.

I have a 32" reflector that I use, and I bought a music stand for $4 from the thrift store that I used to prop it on for my session yesterday. You could just use a white foam board for reflecting to start.

I think this is a nice photo though, you have a great start. And I'm jealous of the paper, I'm using fabric still.

"kris10gal" wrote:

Do you edit in LR and then into photoshop? If you edit in LR and look close to blowing the red channel, you can change the calibration setting from Adobe Standard to Camera Neutral. It helps a ton! It is in the develop mode and pretty close to the bottom.

you can do that in ACR too ... but I didn't know that about the red channel as I haven't messed with changing those settings much. definitely will give that a try.

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"Laberglund" wrote:

The flooring is just a roll of bulletin board paper from Michaels...with coupon, it was $4, I think??

That's awesome! I'll have to check my Michaels out. I think the pic look great!

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I think it looks pretty good. I agree about the bone being really close to her skin-tone. I hear that's the main problem with bone. I have the same flooring, but have yet to use it! :confused: I don't know about props. I understand what you mean about it being a bit boring, but too much is easy to do.

That's good to know about changing that for the red channel. I'll have to remember that!

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