A Beginner Needs Help!

Started Apr 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: A Beginner Needs Help!

With lots of experience and by magnifying the LCD image you can more or less judge exposure and see if the eyes are too dark or if you need to decrease the shutter speed to increase the background exposure.  The problem is that you are only close and wind up having to "fix it in Photoshop".

Nothing beats experience and a good flash meter.  If you meter then you can indeed use the LCD to judge relative exposures to some extent and you can use it to see if the eyes are too dark.

Your lighting setup isn't a very good one.  Check out these classical lighting diagrams and results.

Portrait Lighting - Names for different portrait lighting set-ups in photography

Here are a couple of videos on how to use a flash meter you should watch.

Sekonic - Joe Brady - Control the Light and Improve Your Photography: Part I — Portraiture Using Available Light

Sekonic - Joe Brady - Control the Light and Improve Your Photography: Part 2 — Better Environmental Portraiture

Here are a couple of more tutorials of great value.

Benji's Studio Lighting and Posing Tutorial

Benji - The Rules Of Good Portraiture in PDF Format

Ed Shapiro - The fabulous fill light...an article

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

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