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Old 12-13-2008, 06:07 AM
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helo all, check this picture

hi,
I am new in digital photography, I have nikon d60 and softbox, but my picture quality is very ugly. Please check this photo. I want to know about best mannual setting of the camrea and distance of subject and softbox for indoor studio.
thanks,
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:22 AM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

Welcome to RetouchPro, Pankaj, hope you enjoy your visits here as much as I do. Now to the bad news: I am not a photographer at all, well I do take pictures, but I won't consider me even being an amateur :-) Sorry! We do have a lot of talented photographers around this place, maybe you just wait a while, I am certain they jump into this and have a lot of tips for you :-)
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:29 AM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

thanks,
I am waiting for tips.
agian thanks for reply.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:34 AM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

this will help you
http://www.olympusdigitalschool.com/...ons/index.html

I recommend you this tutorial,but you have to register to see pictures.
http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorial...rtraiture.html
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:58 AM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

I am not a great photographer, so all I know to say is that I would not use a flash. I removed the strong shadow and that seems to improve the shot some.

Juergen
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:09 AM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

Hi pankajpankaj,

welcome to RetouchPro. First few tips:

• ISO 200, F/8.0, x-sync shutter speed;

• if you want a full-length portrait the distance-to-subject is OK; if you want to decrease unflattering perspective distortion you need much more distance-to-subject, so you'll need a longer focal length;

• increase subject-to-background distance to 5 or 6 feet;

• smooth out the background where it meets the floor (iron!);

• lower camera to the subject's chest height, keep lens axis horizontal;

• add a large (D-I-Y) reflector on the left, low, just outside the FoV, but as close as possible, to open up the shadow;

• raise your softbox by 8 inches;

• make your subject relax and smile...

Once you have a good (series of) photo(s) you can make it perfect in post production. But a good photo is a first requirement.

Have fun!

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Old 12-13-2008, 03:54 PM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

Your model must be related to Marylin Monroe! (6 toes)

It is difficult to judge this picture because of all the Jpeg artifacts!

...BUT...

Everything RocketScientist said Plus..:

Distances of flash should be posted in literature that came with flash or printed on flash head (minus 1.5 stops for softbox and/or 1.5 stops for reflected off of ceiling)

If all you have is camera flash.. For shadow control.. If your flash can tilt... tilt it up toward the low white ceiling or to wards the junction of the wall and ceiling at the upper right to reflect light upon your subject.. OR.. remove flash from mount and position it high and right of subject OR if it cannot tilt or be removed fix a piece of white card stock under the flash and pointing toward the subject but angled upward so as to reflect the flash toward the ceiling instead of directly at subject..In either case.. utilize the white reflector mentioned above or a slave flash at much lower power settings for the opposite side of subject.

For this Photo your camera obtained a reading from, and made a good exposure, for the white clothes... try for the skin tones next time... utilize the "3D Color Matrix Metering" and try the "Active D-Lighting " settings for auto tries... The best manual settings would be according to your setup (subject colors, lens settings, focal length, magnification, flash distance/strength, etc..)... Do a number of test shots using your manual settings then utilize and stay within the best results..

Like RS said, set your aperture at least at f8

Tripod and subject marks on floor for consistency

Make sure focus lock on eyes

Shoot at the highest quality resolution

When your subject is dress all in white your exposure of the flesh will be compromised and additional work in post might be necessary to bring back the proper flesh tones or you could shoot one exposure for clothing and another for face and skin tones and combine later...

But most importantly Practice cubed till you get it right and it becomes second nature!

Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:01 PM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

OlBaldy...You have keen observation, I'll bet not one in a thousand would notice! (I didn't)
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:57 AM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

helo sir,
this my studio setting, please check
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:11 PM
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Re: helo all, check this picture

LOL!

I think white background or grey is better... perhaps you wanna change your lighting setup.... lighting like that is flat.

I will try to illustrate.. I hope you would understand, not really good at drawing. But Im sure the girl looks hot!

Ok, what im trying to say here is that you got 2 softboxes, using Canon Ixus... dang I mean 1Ds probably, lol?! And this 6 toes guy... or girl and you put 1 softbox under and one upper 120 degree? Not sure how much, never been good in math but picture is the illustration of setup you could use.

So with this setup you get no shadow under the cheek and pretty good image. Try it.
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