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    Vacation Pic

    On a recent vacation, I attempted to take some family portraits. This pic was taken with a single bare flash filling in light from the right while my wife and daughter sat against a shaded sand dune with the sun in their hair. Not bad for a hack?

    Vacation Pic

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    Re: Vacation Pic

    Ok browsing the forum tonight, why is this post still at the top of the list?
    Is this some sort of weird voodoo magic?

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    Re: Vacation Pic

    Not really, Brian. It's a vBulletin bot (or subroutine program) wherein any posts that has no replies yet are being placed above the rest so members can comment on that and not left behind. Actually I was trying to post a comment but my issue was that I can't seem to directly pinpoint the things that I want to comment on.

    I was thinking if it is better if your daughter somehow looks to her mother to make a stronger connection. The loose hairs covering a part of your wife's face is also an issue I see but I'm not so sure if it would make a big difference. I think, the biggest issue for me is the light background. If it is darker than the skin then I think it would help to make the shot stronger. Unfortunately I was too busy experimenting on my softbox to make an edit.

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    Re: Vacation Pic

    Brian, I hope I don't offend you by trying to edit the image. Here is one possible edit to give you an idea on how I tried to view the changes.

    Vacation Pic

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    Re: Vacation Pic

    I agree with all of your points. This wasn't a pose, I caught my favorite ladies having a moment while setting up my stuff. I agree on the background, but this was at the client's request I did manage to get them to shoot it at sunset while it was at least shaded. I didn't quite have my flash figured out yet either
    Maybe I could have done better with a DYI diffuser

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    Re: Vacation Pic

    I do like the darker background - good work.
    Did you just dodge the background some?
    Also thanks for explaining the vbulletin thingy.

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    Re: Vacation Pic

    I do like the darker background - good work.
    Thanks.

    Did you just dodge the background some?
    In some ways, yes.

    Also thanks for explaining the vbulletin thingy.
    I think Sean was the one who explained it here at CiC. I merely re-stated it.

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