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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby St3v3M » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:17 am

Duck wrote:Good call Steve. I didn't se that. I also brought my color back up a bit. I'm looking a little too washed out.

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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Duck » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:45 am

Thanks. I wasn't overly worried about processing but rather more interested in getting my lighting worked out. I had a hard time getting my ratios balanced so as not to blow out my highlights. After a couple hours I was rather pleased with myself, considering I was trying something unfamiliar. Specially since I couldn't make changes on the fly as I would if I wasn't the subject also.
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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Bobby Deal » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:08 am

Looks really good, now to polish it up. Move that fill card in a little closer and rotate it a little more camera right. This will allow the spill from the rim light and the key light (which should move another 2' camera left and rotate the head a bit camera right) to strike the fill, which should bounce some of this light back on the BG. You may still need to set up a small speed light behind the subject and fire it at the bg as well

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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby davechinn » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:09 pm

In my opinion Duck, you did very well. Yes, there are always room for improvements, but very little. I like the pose and overall processing and you learned something. I know I have and possibly others as well. Bobby can be an excellent coach/teacher for guidance. This is definitely an encouragement !!!
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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Duck » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:23 pm

The interesting thing I find about myself and this lighting setup is that I have used this exact lighting setup on products. For some reason I can see it when I'm lighting some inanimate object but have a harder time seeing it with a person. Probably because I don't work with people enough to have built up that reference library of setups in my head. :D
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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Duck » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:27 pm

I went back to the basic with this one. Single light camera left, reflector camera right, BG light behind subject. I kept about a 2:1 ratio and played with it in post. 90% Lightroom, 10% Photoshop. Grain added in post.

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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Psjunkie » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:33 pm

A handsome model.....must charge a ton....

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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Duck » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:37 pm

Psjunkie wrote:A handsome model.....


Hey, now... be careful, your nose will start growing. :lol:

But nah, he works cheap. :D
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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Bobby Deal » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:09 am

Duck wrote:The interesting thing I find about myself and this lighting setup is that I have used this exact lighting setup on products. For some reason I can see it when I'm lighting some inanimate object but have a harder time seeing it with a person. Probably because I don't work with people enough to have built up that reference library of setups in my head. :D


When it comes to photography it always boils down to a simple formula. The iteration of the subject + Light + Photographer It matters not if the subject is animate or inanimate the principles of interacting with the light remain the same. Just like in product photography we have (the photographer) must recognizes the subtle differences in the way different substrates, textures and finishes will affect the interaction of the light and adjust accordingly. In the end though it comes down to the basic formula regardless of what the subject is. If you can effectively light a product, you can reproduce that look with a person, the only thing that changes is the scale of the lighting.

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Re: Selfie a la Master Ernst

Postby Bobby Deal » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:12 am

Duck wrote:I went back to the basic with this one. Single light camera left, reflector camera right, BG light behind subject. I kept about a 2:1 ratio and played with it in post. 90% Lightroom, 10% Photoshop. Grain added in post.

Unitas_Photography-0022.jpg


This is exceptional, the only thing I might add is a 10 degree snoot or grid metered 1 stop under key and placed above and over the shoulder of the photographer at 45 degree downward aimed at the mask of the face. this will add just a little extra kick in the eyes and their orbits

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