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    Some practise with my lights

    I remember one of the first times I came in here and complained about my lights and the colour cast etc. And how much I hated them! haha

    That was probably in 2005 and since then my lights have sat on top of my wardrobe, collecting dust. I have had them down from time to time but my results haven't really spoken to me.

    Until now...

    I got my lights out on the 14th March to have some practise with them.

    2 lights. I set 1 with silver umberella 45 degrees to her right and the other with a translucent shoot through 90 degrees to her left to light her hair.

    I'm extremely happy with my results



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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    Beautiful Alison. Lovely effect. Did you have a white bg or was it a wall . . .
    nicely done.
    please do not edit and repost my photos


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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    Thanks Gary. No it's the wall behind my computer. Alot of people think I have a studio. I wish!
    I should shoot my setups but it's too embarassing to show the mess and lack of space in my lounge lol.

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    Most excellent!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alison
    I have had them down from time to time but my results haven't really spoken to me. Until now...
    So, you're saying after all this time a light finally came on???

    So to speak...

    It's really nice to see you getting such strong results with only two lights, Alison. I'm a less is more kind of guy. There's nothing wrong with adding more lights for a purpose, but as you show, having only two is no excuse.

    Good cropping as well!
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    Re: Most excellent!

    Quote Originally Posted by Asylum Steve
    So, you're saying after all this time a light finally came on???

    So to speak...
    Thanks Steve.

    Yeah you could put it that way. I had to block out the fact that they were lights and imagine that the light 45 degrees to Bec's right was a window. Sounds daft but it worked for me.

    As you know, I usually only have one light source with a window, and always forget to get my reflector, out to reflect some window light back onto the hair. Plus, if I am alone, there's no one there to hold the reflector for me.

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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    Looks good, Alison.
    Like a film set, what the camera doesn't show doesn't matter

    Now, how about some old microphone stands to hold the reflector and other things to modify the light? That or a really cheap tripod (I got one for 9.99) that's no use for a camera but can hold something as light as a square of polystyrene or a fold-up reflector...
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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    Thank you Paul
    I don't have a mic stand or another tripod but looking at the price you stated I might look into getting one.

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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    Great shot Allison.! I can't remember, are you running hot lights or strobes?


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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    Unfortunately hot lights. If I knew then what I know now hey?
    I wish I could get some daylight bulbs for them but I don't think they would fit.
    Oh well, never mind, maybe one day, when I am earning money from my photography, I might be able to buy a new light kit.
    Here's the kit I have...
    http://www.jessops.com/Store/s8732/0...y=False&comp=n

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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    What lens do you use and how much processing was done, It looks great.
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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    I used my 17-40 f/4 L lens.

    PP:
    Working in RAW did an auto WB. A touch to levels & contrast.
    Obviously at Bec's age she had a few blemishes which I got rid of with the healing brush.
    I think I applied a kodak airbrush to a layer and lowered the opacity down to about 30 or 40.
    Dodged the bg a bit because it was a cream wall not white.
    Rotated and cropped.
    Re-sized and sharpened for web.

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    Re: Some practise with my lights

    Great shot Alison. Love the framing on this one. Nice expression on the models face as well and I love the eyes. Great job.

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