critique and advice requested.

Started Jul 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: critique and advice requested.
In reply to Dbrennan, Jul 7, 2013

I agree with Lawrence Keeney about #1 and that the others are good because of the emotion they show.

The lighting is very harsh with dark impenetrable shadows. This isn't too bad on the third image but to my eye the second image needs a bit of fill light to open up the eye sockets. The shiny forehead is also distracting in the second image.

The lighting would have been softened, the forehead less shiny, and the eye sockets opened up by using a diffuser on your Einstein. Here is a good reference to get you started.

Digital Photography Review - Thomas Park - The One-Light Studio

If you don't have any diffusers then I recommend the 30"x 60" foldable softbox from PCB.  Use it horizontally for a head shot or a waist up portrait of 1 to 3 people.  Vertically it is nice for standing portraits.

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