Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul 6:55pm, 30 March 2008
I am practicing with the lighting equipment that Brian so graciously borrowed me. In some of the shots that I have taken I can tell where I am screwing up with the lighting. In the shots below I am not sure about it.

Look mama, I can touch my toes!

?? Thoughts? Does the face look OOF?

My bright eyed girl

Again, thoughts on the lighting?
the first one might be a it too bright but the 2nd one looks great. Some back light might make it pop more and prevent and shadows that might distract. Looking good though.
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
Shana, I agree with Moe on #1. The shadow is a bit distracting. Try putting your subject farther away from the backdrop.
You are off to a good start.

Also, both do feel a bit oof due to the shallow DOF. Make sure your focus point is on the eyes. It is critical in portrait work to make sure the eyes are razor sharp.
Also, Since you are using strobes, jump your aperture to about F/8 and adjust your lighting power accordingly.
Yeah, I was thinking that the first one is looking too blown in spots. I might leave the white back round at home for my shoot this afternoon and just use the black one. I don't think I know what I am doing enough to shoot with the white back round. It is a PITA!
That is a good tip to keep the subject further away from the back drop.

I need to make a list of things to do or I will forget, adjusting the aperture being one of them.

Thanks Shawn!
Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul (admin) 10 years ago
I have four pics up in my stream from the maternity session that I did today. Let me know what you think.

For some reason I couldn't get the master/slave transmitter that Brian borrowed me, so no softbox. I shot a bit with my speedlight and then just went with natural light.

Edited to add that they are only viewable to friends and family, so if you can't see them and you'd like to LMK and I"ll add you.
HBRstudios 10 years ago
It didn't work at all??? I suppose it got in the same mood as it did at Green Mill there for a while, huh?

I will have to do some testing of chords and such.
It was working earlier in the day yesterday, hence the nicer lighting on the picture of my daughter in the blue and white dress. After a bit it quit out of the blue, but like at Green Mill the test button was making the light go off, it just wouldn't go off with my hot shoe. I decided to test it quick right before I left to go to my friend's house and it was working again, so I brought everything with. Got everything set up and it was a no go. I tried changing channels, switching everything off and back on, reconnecting cables...everything I could think of, and it wouldn't work. BUT, it did work with the test button still.

I don't remember, did we try it on someone else's camera when it wasn't working at GM? Maybe it is my camera?

Thanks again for letting me borrow everything! I am going to bring it all back to your house tonight.
Akatzmarkphotography 10 years ago
I love that picture of your dd:) If she is OOF i cannot tell...

I try to keep subject at least 4 feet from the backdrop..

Ill go look at the MAt. ones in a bit without kid on hip:)
Thanks, Ariel. I'll definitely keep that in mind about the back drop. As another photographer friend said to me yesterday though, with kids you just gotta take them as you can get them. Like with Braden yesterday, he sat where he was going to sit and it was shocking that I got him to sit for me at all! ;-) I could try to remove the shadow in PP though.
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