22nd June 2012, 08:05 AM
This is one of my recent photos. I'm going back to my roots (My roots being a Pentax K1000 analog camera although this is shot on a Pentax K20D) trying to nail black and white photography. The conversion was done in Lightroom 4.
For the shot I used a beauty dish right next to, and a bit above, the camera, and a softbox to the camera left. I also have a light hanging from the ceiling, pointing towards the background.
ISO 100, 1/180 sec at f/8 26.25mm (Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II)
If (or when, as they are friends of mine) I do this again, I'd move their arms a bit, and perhaps also bring in a makeup artist/stylist.
At another forum, people told me the photo is to dark, so I've added a lighter version of it. I would like to hear your option on the dark vs light, and if there are anything I should do differently with lights, pose, and conversion. (Huge order, so you don't have to answer everything!)
Last edited by Kittelsaa; 22nd June 2012 at 01:08 PM.
Reason: Added another version of the photo
22nd June 2012, 07:54 PM
Sorry to be mama bear but the first is too dark and the second is too bright. And if you do a similar shot in the future don't go too much with the makeup and hair. Keep it simple and clean.
22nd June 2012, 08:48 PM
No problem Andrew. I can make a version that fall between these two when it comes to light/dark.
I'm not sure if I understand the makeup and hair thing though, as none of the girls had any makeup on or styling
22nd June 2012, 09:34 PM
Originally Posted by Kittelsaa
I think what Andrew meant was don't overdo any make up applied in the future shot(s).
My thought was also that the second version was about 1/2 stop too bright.
I would suggest losing the text bracelet if possible - it distracts because given text, we try to read it.
I like the composition and the space on the right, given their height difference, it seems 'just right'.
22nd June 2012, 09:38 PM
Kristian, Dave is correct. In your first post you said
"If (or when, as they are friends of mine) I do this again, I'd move their arms a bit, and perhaps also bring in a makeup artist/stylist."
I just meant not to overdo it.
22nd June 2012, 09:39 PM
Ah, then it makes sense
Originally Posted by Andrew1
22nd June 2012, 11:50 PM
Can I be the guy who disagrees with everyone? I like them both, I think the lighting is too dark in #1, and too light in #2, if you were going for 'perfect' exposure. BUT, for me, #1 is quite intimate, and the darkness reinforces that feeling of closeness. Number 2 has a more editorial feel (again, to me), and could be in a magazine. Lighting drastically affects the mood of your subject, and I think you've shown that here. I like them both.
23rd June 2012, 12:49 AM
Thank you Andrew76
23rd June 2012, 01:00 AM
Yet another version of the photo. A bit less bright than the last, but a lot brighter than the first
About the armband: It's something she's had on for years, and it's special to her, so she didn't want to remove it. Originally they were posed the other way around, so I didn't think much of it. I guess I should've kept them the way they stood, instead of having them swap places, but when they stood the other way, I didn't get the shot right.
My question now, as I'm not used to convert to black and white: In Lightroom 4, should I try to get the skin on the rightmost hand even, or does the shadow there look ok to you guys?