first attempt at portrait lighting--suggestions welcome

Started Nov 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Steve West wrote:

Thanks Sailor Blue. You are right--I missed focus. The focus was a mid hair plane! I left all the AF points active, and I should have used a single spot AF. I guess it will take a few more iterations. I ordered a proper flash light grid to replace the paper towel tube I used here.

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The longer the tube, the narrower the beam of light.  Just cut off the tube.  It should be painted flat black for best results.

I use DIY grids on my hot-shoe flash when I use it as an accent or hair light.  You can find some examples here.  I couldn't find black soda straws here in Thailand so I used strips of black Coroplast glued together and it works very well.  A box my coffee comes in plus a bit of Velcro made the holder for the grid.  The calculator will let you calculate how long to make the grid.  There are also commercially available grids.

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