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    Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)

    I have been having a rough time with Photography lately. Maybe it’s the motivation, maybe its the weather. So I guess when all else fails I’ll just take a small child and snap away. This is my son Duncan taken with a Tokina 90mm Macro, off camera flash bounced off the ceiling. Processed in Lightroom to reflect a high key image. Thanks for viewing any criticism, good or bad are welcome.


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    Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)

    New Shot...

    Well I gave the Highkey another shot.

    I must admit i'm a little frustraited. I'm having some difficulties with my flash photography. This attempt was my first with a DIY beauty dish (see how I made the dish HERE It seems that my flash is firing, however it is not synced with the shutter 50% of the time. So i'm getting very under exposed shots. I have it off camera and not tethered. I'm using a D7000 with a SB700 speadlight and a Nikon SG-3IR IR Pane (this is a piece of plastic over that covers the on camera flash) If anyone has any experience using this type of set up let me know. ( I may re post this in a tech thread)

    As it stands though this is what I got tonight. (that I like)
    Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)
    Last edited by KTHXBAI; 26th February 2012 at 01:51 AM. Reason: 2nd Attempt

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    Re: Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)

    I like it.

    Hopefully a more knowledgable person will post soon, I make a terrible critic I'm afraid.

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    Re: Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)

    Hi Michael,

    I like the concept, but the triangle formed by shoulder, chin and arm has created a large black hole, this might be minimsed by shooting from a fraction lower.

    I would also have shot from further to your right, to minimise nostril hole size.

    Waiting until Duncan had his mouth closed would have been better, I'd suggest.

    However, I am no baby shooting expert either - I am just assessing what I see here.

    I do like the tones in the rest of the image though, nicely processed.

    I hope it helps,

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    Re: Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)

    @Steve, Thank you! (I find it ironic that I just said your image may be too white and then I go and post a high key image )

    @Dave Thank you I think you nailed it with the comment on the shooting angle. I was having some problems with the angle as others I didnt post made his melon look huge (not that that doesn't run in the family). I think I will give it a re-shoot this evening and I will re-post to this to see if I can make those adjustments. Hopefully Mom will be able to help as that was a major hindrance in trying these. I could only tell him beauty was pain for so long.

    Thank you both again.

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    Re: Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)

    I'm don't have anything to add over what Dave has suggested. The high key effect works well so I'll look forward to your next posts.

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    Re: Duncan in high-key (just another baby picture)

    bump. added new shots to post with 2nd attempt.

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