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location scouting

Discussion in 'Photo Critique Forum' started by JRick, May 13, 2018.

  1. JRick

    JRick Premium Member

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    been looking for an outdoor night location that has consistent background lights that aren't too 'busy' and would fit head shots and head/shoulder shots. this place is at a waterfront and the lights are always a consistent orange colour ; never multi coloured.

    interested in overall impressions...
    - what do you think of the bokeh here in terms of shape, colour and compatibility with skin tones ?
    - background : this shot used a 4.5 aperture and an ISO of 200 plus a speed light. the harbour lights are about 300 meters behind the subject. for a formal shot we'd be using an umbrella or small soft box but it would have no effect on the background and little effect on skin tones

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  2. Chuck Carstensen

    Chuck Carstensen Premium Member

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    You do not say which lens used. Probably does not make a difference since you are scouting locations. For me, the bokeh is a little distracting due to the fact it is evenly spaced and horizontal with her cheeks. The single camera mounted flash is OK fo rthe purpose.
     
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    The out-of-focus highlights are a bit too sharp and contrast. That makes them distracting. Could try blurring them a bit more
     
  4. Blackcoffee87

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    Hello!
    To start, I most certainly like how the tonality of the lights in the background play off of the gold dress. It is a nice touch that provides continuity in the image. My first suggestion will only further add to the effect.
    Most importantly, I would get the light source off of your camera, and possibly use a modifier to give a softer light for a female subject, especially for this type of shot.
    I would maybe use an umbrella and flag the lower portion, or a soft box and feather the light so you have a soft transition off the bottom of the frame.
    Second, the location could have potential with the bokeh if you could get to a higher angle to place it about the top of her head, eye level or higher.
    I see some lights to the left of frame are more elevated, maybe try the same location but moving to the right of this position just a bit to place her in the middle of those.
    I see some potential, just work the angles some and I'm sure you can pull off something fantastic!
     

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