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January 20th, 2012, 09:18 PM
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I was asked to do some figure skating portraits in town. They had photos of their kids done through the club, and I guess the skaters stood infront of a black plastic sheet and their photos were taken with flash (of some kind?)... apparently the flash blew out the background horridly. Sooo... the parents are looking for something they can hang on their wall.

I've never taken sports photos of any kind, always just a normal portrait, and heck not many of those, so I was really nervous. PLUS, it was almost 4pm which means already getting dark. I ended up making the decision to not use my softbox, I'm not 100% comfortable with it, so I figured I'd try without and if I had to reshoot then I would.

My close ups are much better than the full shots. It was getting dim, and I hesitated to crank my ISO... plus I missed my focus - whoops

How's my backdrop look?? Any advice? These are taken in my kitchen.

ISO 500 F3.2 and 1/160


lungeproof by nicolegriffith, on Flickr

She was my first red head... I hope my skin tones are close. Her hair piece didn't exactly match, so I tried to find a happy medium. Do you think I should lighten her eye on the one below??



trinityproof2 by nicolegriffith, on Flickr

GAH, I get so intimidated posting, but lets get the board moving again so I can stalk all you ladies and your talent
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January 21st, 2012, 12:15 AM
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i actually love them! nice job!!!

as for the 2nd pic.. i'd try and up the lighting on the left side of the face a little bit.. since you have a darker background, having a side of the face that is darker allows us to only really focus on the right side of her face.. so if you were to lighten the left up a little bit, i think that'd be perfect!

do you have the full before you cropped it that you can post?
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January 21st, 2012, 10:24 AM
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maybe try sharpening her eyes if you want them to stand out more
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January 21st, 2012, 05:16 PM
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I think you did a great job!!! The skin tones look great!
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January 21st, 2012, 09:34 PM
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Thanks ladies. I'm going to lighten the side of her face a bit... I do kind of like the side lighting, but I feel that eye gets a bit lost right now.
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January 21st, 2012, 09:48 PM
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oh yeah leave the side lighting, just lighten it!! don't make it as light as the right, just lighter than what it is!
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January 22nd, 2012, 07:39 AM
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I think the parents are going to love it.... great job with the background and the lighting.
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