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Old 02-22-2010, 03:36 AM
LydiaRachael LydiaRachael is offline
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Re: Lighting, Meters and Gel Filter Questions

Well done it's turned out great! Would you be up for sharing the lighting setup?

I don't think you look awkward. I like that you didn't overexpose the background. I'm bored with seeing bright white backgrounds. The way you've lit your background is much more fashionable.

I think you good pull off much harsher lighting too. Maybe a one light setup on a black background?
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:13 AM
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Re: Lighting, Meters and Gel Filter Questions

To tell you the truth I was actually going to overexpose the background but I was in such a big hurry to get a good picture I didn't even notice that one of my strobes were turned off...talk about unprofessionality right?

I basically used two lights (suppose to be 3 key lighting). Both 45 degrees to me and elevated so they pointed at the chin. One was in a soft box set at full power while the other was set to half.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:02 AM
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Re: Lighting, Meters and Gel Filter Questions

I agree. I think you've done a very nice job with your lighting. Congratulations.

What kind of post-processing did you do on the image? I'm curious to know if this was straight out of the camera or you did some work on it afterwards.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:05 AM
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Re: Lighting, Meters and Gel Filter Questions

ha ha isn't it great when mistakes work out so well! The background looks great... contrasts well with you white top!

Thanks for sharing your setup! I'll give it a go when I get chance
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:07 PM
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Re: Lighting, Meters and Gel Filter Questions

I did do a lot of post-processing.
Mainy, in order:

1. Raw editing
2. USM
3. D&B
4. Curves

I'll post a before and after image when I get home from work (such a long day
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:07 PM
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Re: Lighting, Meters and Gel Filter Questions

Hi Dvbear,
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2. I feel a lot of my pictures have a lot of over-exposing issues, how do I use a light meter to fix these?
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If you do not have any information in your white tones in your digital image you have to became "a painter" instead of "a photographer"

Set up your camera's light meter to -0.7 or -1 or -1.3 ... (exposure correction) and than make adjustments in RPP, Camera Raw, Photoshop. Professional photographers are getting this knowledge during their years of experiences.

Try to find anything about Ansel Adam's "Zone System" and you will find how to use a light meter as well. He was a MASTER.

For example:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...e_system.shtml

And I have found this webpage very useful:

http://www.goodlight.us/writing/lumi...tymasks-1.html

To be honest I spent a couple of days trying to understand what is going on there but I think as you can be very precise this is the best way how to control "lights" and "shadows" in Photoshop (luminosity masks) ... as my goal is always to get full scale of tones in the beginning and destroy them later

Good luck to you ...

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And after this step you can convert your image to LAB and start to think about "COLOR" ...

Last edited by creativeretouch; 02-23-2010 at 02:55 AM.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:39 PM
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Re: Lighting, Meters and Gel Filter Questions

madclark, here is the original and the edited. Please give me input.

ORIGINAL
http://i48.tinypic.com/2efuyrb.jpg

EDITED
http://i46.tinypic.com/mcdt6r.jpg
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