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Critique - Holiday (Christmas) Portraits

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2 years 3 months ago #6332 by Gabe
Hey guys,
Its been a while since I've posted. Hope everyone is doing well. I recently took some test shots of my daughter for some Christmas portraits I'm planning and would love to get some feedback. The set up was fairly simple. I had my daughter sit about 4 feet in front of the Christmas tree. I used window light as the main and the lights on the tree for ambient. Settings are as follows:

Nikon d3200 with 50mm 1.8G
ISO 800 (highest I could get without introducing noise)
F/2.8
1/30 (fastest I could get without underexposing)

Cocoa in the winter by moreno1024 , on Flickr

Cocoa for the soul by moreno1024 , on Flickr

Holiday Goodies by moreno1024 , on Flickr

Keep in mind, these are test shots. We're going to try a similar set up with more formal dress so any advice prior to would be much appreciated.

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2 years 3 months ago - 2 years 3 months ago #6333 by Brent Ross
Nice posing
Lighting on subject is cooler than the background possibly
Maybe its just too cool for my taste
Lighting is flat
The catchlights look like a window and not flashes which would explain the bluer light spilling in. The fact that you are standing between her and the window puts the light dead on. Maybe move her so the light gives more of a Rembrandt effect.
But I'm just guessing, Also I haven't calibrated my monitor in like 4 months because windows 8.1 told me to go f*** myself
Last Edit: 2 years 3 months ago by Brent Ross.

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2 years 3 months ago #6335 by Gabe
Thanks Brent. The image was cooler due to the window light. I had to warm it up quite a bit. And trust me, I know the pain of not having a calibrated monitor (still on my laptop and using an old spyder 2 with Windows 8.1). We're going to try and do our family portraits tomorrow. Think I might re-position things and use some of the table lamps to balance the light.

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2 years 3 months ago #6336 by Brent Ross
Why not just turn off the warm lighting and use a mirror to reflect window light to the background. Then all the colour will be the same and you can set the camera's white balance to daylight

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2 years 2 months ago #6359 by Bill
I agree with Brent on the lighting. In addition I would pull the Christmas lights down in the background a tad, they are distracting to me.

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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #6361 by Gabe
Thanks guys. Unfortunately my little one was not feeling another session so im stuck with these. I reprocessed the set by warming up the skin tones, dropping the exposure in the background, and cooled down the background as well.
Last Edit: 2 years 2 months ago by Gabe.

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2 years 2 months ago #6363 by Gabe
Here is the Before and After. Before on the left, after on the right....thoughts?

The Before and After by moreno1024 , on Flickr

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2 years 2 months ago #6368 by Brent Ross
The 2nd one, her skin tones are less blue. it looks mice

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2 years 2 months ago #6369 by Jannatul Ferdous
I guess the after one is better than the before one. In before image the reflection lighting just bit destruct the quality I guess.

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2 years 1 month ago #6394 by Jonathan Barnes
Nice! Did you end up taking some other pictures with more directional lighting? Would love to see those as well.

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