One from Tonight - Headshot Session

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One from Tonight - Headshot Session

Had yet another headshot session. I just LOVE doing headshots. It's so fun to be able to calmly and carefully set up the shot and put them right where I want them and make it work. I'm particularly proud of this shot because the background was quite a bit brighter than her face, so I ended up using fill flash. I feel like it worked pretty well. Let me know if you think otherwise.

I'll certainly post more tomorrow after I get a chance to process some more. But for now...here's one.

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I love the colors on this one! I think that it worked great! The only thing I am not sure of is the piece of the fence in the foreground. It seems a little distracting.

Would you mind sharing your settings and how you did it? I can't use fill flash to save my life. It always looks flashy.

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"stampasaurus" wrote:

I love the colors on this one! I think that it worked great! The only thing I am not sure of is the piece of the fence in the foreground. It seems a little distracting.

Would you mind sharing your settings and how you did it? I can't use fill flash to save my life. It always looks flashy.

Yeah...I agree about the fence. I actually wish there was a little more of it rather than no fence...but I think the little bit is distracting.

The fill flash was quite a bit of trial and error...which from my understanding is pretty much how you should do it. (hard to do when photographing children!) I exposed for the sky...then let the sky overexpose some to get a little more brightness. Then I turned on my flash and took a test shot. There wasn't enough flash, so I turned it up and tried again. It took 3 adjustments until the flash was just right...making her a touch underexposed but not flashy. Then I touched up exposure in ACR to get the background and her more even.

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She is Gorgeous...... and looks familiar!
The colours are awesome!

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"AmberBella" wrote:

Yeah...I agree about the fence. I actually wish there was a little more of it rather than no fence...but I think the little bit is distracting.

The fill flash was quite a bit of trial and error...which from my understanding is pretty much how you should do it. (hard to do when photographing children!) I exposed for the sky...then let the sky overexpose some to get a little more brightness. Then I turned on my flash and took a test shot. There wasn't enough flash, so I turned it up and tried again. It took 3 adjustments until the flash was just right...making her a touch underexposed but not flashy. Then I touched up exposure in ACR to get the background and her more even.

Very cool Amber!!!

She's a beauty.

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really great job

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Such a beautiful picture! Wow!
Amber when you use fill flash, I am assuming you aim the flash directly at the person. Don't you get pinlights? I don't see any in your picture!

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"miumiu" wrote:

Such a beautiful picture! Wow!
Amber when you use fill flash, I am assuming you aim the flash directly at the person. Don't you get pinlights? I don't see any in your picture!

I was pretty far away from her so I did direct the flash directly at her. Because of the distance, the flash wasn't too strong on her...but yes, there are very slight pinlights. I put my reflector down to my side to put some catchlights in her eyes.

This is a fantastic trick that I discovered on this shoot. I will often put my subject in front of a sunny sidewalk to use the sidewalk as a reflector and a nice side effect of that is the sidewalk makes wonderful catchlights. Well...Yesterday when I was shooting in a location where the shadow was so vast that there was no reflecting light, I thought...I wonder if my reflector would do the same thing. Sure enough...there wasn't enough light to actually use the reflector as a reflector, but reflectors are still useful because the big white circle in your subject's eyesight can make lovely little catchlights.

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wow, I love this photo!