This test run was thrown together in less than 5 minutes. I set-up my paper backdrop, got out my off camera flash with shoot through umbrella, and reflector. They were taken this evening after the sun went down, so it's all artificial lighting. Ugh, I am horrible at this!! Any help and CC is greatly appreciated.
Things I learned from this quick practice...I need wider paper, I need more Christmas lights, and I need more lighting (maybe more even lighting?).
All taken with my 24-70mm 2.8 All are 1/100 f/2.8 ISO 125
These are sweet. I think the lighting is really nice. You may want to turn her a touch more towards the light, but not much. The shadowing on the side of her face is very nice and I'd hate for you to lose it completely.
I do agree that you need more Christmas lights though.
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Thanks for the feedback, Amber and Stephanie. Really appreciate it! I suppose I'm so used to natural light that artificial just looks strange to me.
I had 5 strands of 20 lights that hung the entire length of the backdrop. But, you only see about 3 of the 5 strands. If doing close ups, I suppose I could have bunched them up together more. But, for full body shots (what I'd really like to do next) I will definitely need more lights.
Here's another one. I cloned in extra bokeh, does it look fake?
I agree on more lights, more lights! I had bokeh like this on some of Eva's Christmas pics last year when she was in front of the tree--I LOVE that kind of bokeh. So festive.
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Great first try. they are all wonderful shots, I do agree more lights are needed. Not really going to add much in the way of CC right now.
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