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    Portrait Photography

    a photo of my girlfriend/model hehe lol I need someone to practice on and I got her to agree.
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    my wife would never agree to be my model haha. nice shot, eyes are in good focus (the important part of portraiture is the eyes, the general rule is that if what you're shooting is alive, the focus should be on the eye(s))

    what kind of lighting did you use? any flash or just natural light?
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    On camera flash.
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    ah, okay that's kindof what I was thinking. so I'm not a huge fan of on camera flash for most things, its more of a convenience feature than anything else, if you notice how flat the lighting is on her.

    if you can get some off camera flash or strobe equipment that will help out the most, or a flash that can be bounced, but if not you can fabricate things that can improve what you have, like a bounce card to bounce the flash onto the ceiling or something could help out as well...let me look and see if I have any examples of it...
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    I F*ing hate tapa right now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEF.D90 View Post
    a photo of my girlfriend/model hehe lol I need someone to practice on and I got her to agree.
    okay, so I like NEVER shoot people so I don't have many examples except for this one...if you look at your pic of the straight forward flash on her, you see that everything kindof lacks depth. you can play around with lighting placement/power with off camera flash stuff to get ideal shots (I know I have some with some off camera strobes around here somewhere I'll look for later tonight)...but here's an example of a shot of my little nephew a few years ago with the flash pointed straight up at the ceiling.


    see how the shadows on his face add a bit of depth and dimention to it... when bounce the flash, on the ceiling (or any number of other things), it can modify the light in both directionality, and intensity, even if the light is coming from the top of your camera.

    lighting in people photography is a whole different world than you have with most nature and wildlife. with a subject that can be controlled you can open the doors to all sorts of lighting, be it strong or subtle, harsh or soft, directionality, multiple light sources, etc...it can really open up some great creativity.
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    uploadfromtaptalk1392520904499.jpg here is the before and after.
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    you did a pretty good job processing it, it might be a touch warm in the white balance, but not bad
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    Flash looks hard as hell but I'm determined to figure it out. tapa keeps telling me I'm not logged in and erasing my replies. Ohhh that pisses me off!
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    cruize onto a browser and use it like you would on a normal computer, might be a little slower but at least it won't do stuff like that.

    flash can seen daunting, but its really not too difficult once you get into it. and its digital, so shoot and learn, its not like you'll be spending money on development costs.
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