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    3 lights portrait

    My teacher gave me a new challenge that is taking a 3 light portrait ... this end up harder than i though .. but i got some goods one .. please leave C&C Thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by KyoMoon View Post
    My teacher gave me a new challenge that is taking a 3 light portrait ... this end up harder than i though .. but i got some goods one .. please leave C&C Thanks


    3 lights portrait

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    Hi Tien,

    With the first shot ...

    - It's looking a bit too soft (might be just my eyes - I've just got out of bed though!)

    - With shots like this, you need to apply some processing to darken the shoulder skin tones; as they stand, they're the same level as the face, which draws the eye away from the face.

    - You've used broadside lighting - which is fine - but you need less fill light so that the lighting across the face isn't so even.

    With the second shot ...

    - Again, a bit too soft

    - Generally, avoid light coloured sleeves -- they draw the eye away from the face (a vignette usually works well to de-emphasise them, and gives the appearance of better targeted lighting)

    - Again, the lighting might look better if it wasn't quite as even

    Here's a couple of examples of mine to show you what I mean (although the first one was part of a hard light series -- normally I'd use a softbox to smooth out the loop lighting a bit more)

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    awesome advices Colin .. thankyou verymuch

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by KyoMoon View Post
    My teacher gave me a new challenge that is taking a 3 light portrait ... this end up harder than i though .. but i got some goods one .. please leave C&C Thanks


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    For some reason I can't see your photos...

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Seeing them both at this end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyoMoon View Post
    awesome advices Colin .. thankyou verymuch
    You're very welcome Tien.

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Seeing them both at this end.
    I've used three different computers at different locations and still can't see them - odd...

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    I cant see them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dje View Post
    I cant see them either.
    I've waved my magic wand - and all should be visible now.

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    That's better !! The young lady is a lovely model but I'll leave the commentary to the portrait experts !

    Dave

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by dje View Post
    That's better !! The young lady is a lovely model but I'll leave the commentary to the portrait experts !

    Dave
    What Dave said I'll leave it to the portrait expert.

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    I agree that the focus on the eyes is off. It appears the DOF is very shallow and the focal point is not the eyes. Perhaps you were going for the blurry look?
    The first one the bright flower in the foreground is OK, but since it is also in better focus, that is what I am looking at.
    The second one, seems a little under exposed, too dark.
    In both photos I would think about a hair light. The black hair on the black background would really benefit from this. It appears to me that both of Colin's photos include this.

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Colin,

    How many lights did you use in your shots?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTHXBAI View Post
    Colin,

    How many lights did you use in your shots?

    Thanks,
    I usually use between 3 & 5 - all 5 if I'm using a white background or rim lights. Occasionally less for guys (no hair lights needed).

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    @ Brian .. idk why every pics of mine .. i can't get the right focus for the eyes ... even with the MF or AF ... do u have any tips?

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Tien, I usually use center focus only, put the center point on the eyes, press halfway, beep, recompose while holding the button halfway, then click. If you use all points, the camera will focus on the closest point usually. Another thing to do is use a smaller aperture. Many photographers try to stick with f8-f11 for portraits MOST of the time.

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by KyoMoon View Post
    @ Brian .. idk why every pics of mine .. i can't get the right focus for the eyes ... even with the MF or AF ... do u have any tips?
    I select the single AF point closest to the eyes and then focus/recompose.

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    Depending on your camera, that's not always quick and easy to do!
    For my 60D this an option to have the D pad thingy select the focus point.

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    Re: 3 lights portrait

    man why i didn't think of that i always leave it in auto AF point selection ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyoMoon View Post
    man why i didn't think of that i always leave it in auto AF point selection ...
    No no no no no no no no no .. and no!

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