Question about lighting and blown areas

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Question about lighting and blown areas

So I made a little setup on my sun porch. I'm going to practice taking some pics of my friend's baby tomorrow morning (I was begging for a kid who can't run away ;)) so I tried a little session with my own kiddos yesterday to check out the lighting (same time as they're coming tomorrow). I'm so mad that I didn't notice I was blowing the whole side of them yesterday...I would have tried changing some settings to see if I could help it any.

So here is my question. Should I definitely be able to do better than this by making adjustments in settings? Or is that light possibly just too harsh? The windows are on the south side of the house, so in the late morning (like this was) it is getting lots of light but no direct light on their faces/the backdrop if that makes any sense.

I'm sure there are probably color issues as well so if you want to cc those go right ahead (and I know there is something funky going on with the "floor"), but for right now I am most concerned about the lighting. Thanks!

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I don't have any answers to your question, but that is one cute pic! I think if you would have moved her around some, you might have been able to fix it. :shrug: It's not horribly blown. GL & can't wait to see what you do with the sweet baby! I NEVER thought about setting it up on my porch!

Is that your porch floor? Love it!

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Ooh I LOVE your flooring, and that IS one cute pic! I think the lighting looks pretty good; maybe your ap is slightly too wide? (just by looking at the #, but I'm not an expert)

I think if you get pics like that they'll be great, just need to do a little color adjustment! But again, I'm still learning too.

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Could hanging a thin white sheet over the window help it?

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That is the fake wood bulletin board paper from Michaels' that everyone was posting about on ILP. $5 with coupon. That messed up part on the front is where it was hanging off the board. I'm sure I could crop that off, stretch the canvas, and clone either the yellow or the wood to fill in the difference, right? But I have no clue how so I'm not gonna worry about that quite yet. Smile

"Inked_Mama" wrote:

Could hanging a thin white sheet over the window help it?

I was wondering about that too! I will try that if changing the ap, etc. doesn't work. Thanks for the ideas!

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Ohmigosh I can't believe that's not real wood! I love it!!! I will have to stop at Michael's to find some! Smile I didn't notice the bent part till you pointed it out.

What'd you use for your vertical background?

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It comes in a big roll (I think 3 or 4 feet tall - it wasn't hard to find!) and in my store it was near the kids' craft stuff. And that is fleece from JoAnn's. I think I got two yards if I remember correctly. Might have been three though! And we had an extra piece of baseboard in the basement because we just remodeled our bathroom last month. There's a little gap between that and the floor because the board I put the paper on was a little warped so I will probably get a new one at some point. But it's fine with me for now!

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Cute shot! Looks like the window is camera right? If it is, I would turn her and your set up about 45 degrees, towards the window. So shes not directly facing it, but the light should be less dramatic. Don't forget to share pics from your shoot! Smile

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Thanks for the advice! I will see if there is room to do that. The porch is a pretty narrow - maybe 5 feet by 10. I'm not sure if I would have room to back up and shoot, kwim? I will give it a try though!

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Darn, I stopped at Michael's tonight to see if they had that paper and I didn't see it anywhere Sad

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"kel-02" wrote:

Thanks for the advice! I will see if there is room to do that. The porch is a pretty narrow - maybe 5 feet by 10. I'm not sure if I would have room to back up and shoot, kwim? I will give it a try though!

Ya, I know what you mean. I think it looks pretty good the way it is anyways Smile

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I have no advice for lighting and blown spots, I need lots of help with that too. But this pic is ADORABLE!!!

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AHHHH, don't hang a sheet unless you absolutely have to! Turn the whole setup, about 45 degrees, so that it's not so side lit if you can. Also, you may not be shooting that angle on your baby, you'll be shooting down, which will make a big difference.

ETA: Just saw that Lauren had the same advice. I just got taken aback by the sheet idea that I posted without reading. LOL

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Thank you all for the advice! I think they turned out okay for my first try! Not sure when I will get around to posting since we'll be pretty busy for the next few days but I will definitely be posting for some cc. Thanks again for all the help!

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Sorry I'm an idiot sometimes Biggrin lol

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"Inked_Mama" wrote:

Sorry I'm an idiot sometimes Biggrin lol

Don't beat yourself up! Putting a sheet up can be helpful when the sun is shining directly through Smile Besides, it can never hurt to throw your ideas out there, IMO

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"La123" wrote:

Don't beat yourself up! Putting a sheet up can be helpful when the sun is shining directly through Smile Besides, it can never hurt to throw your ideas out there, IMO

Thanks Lauren Smile

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Oh, I didn't mean to imply that it was a bad idea...it's not. Not at all...lots of people use something to soften and filter the sunlight. But, I think it should be a last resort.

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Just posted some of the pics on ILP. Am I allowed to link that here? Sorry...don't know all of the board ettiquette yet. It took forever to post and I don't think I am up to doing it again. If you all are over there anyway feel free to check them out! My username there is katielynn. I'll add the link but please let me know if that's not okay and I'll take it down!

http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=429790

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Dang girl, look at u rockin that camera already! They look great! Can't help ya with CC bur overall I think u did fab, specially for JSO.