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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Grad student's portrait


Grad student at my university wanted some pictures of himself. Here are some of the more creative ones that I thought came out well. C&C appreciated. Thanks!





















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Feb 14, 2012 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Grad student's portrait


Link?


Feb 14, 2012 at 06:11 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Grad student's portrait


Fixed +1 more







Feb 14, 2012 at 06:14 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Grad student's portrait


In my opinion, the boldest effort is the first, but to me the face is a bit underexposed. This approach is a matter of inches; note the sides of his nose are illuminated by the two kickers, which is not what you want. A bit more light on the face would have made this a real winner. I do like the light on the hands. If you check out David Hobby's strobist.com website today, you'll see a remarkably similar composition, with more light on the face. In the second and third shots, the fact that he's looking off camera makes him appear kinda furtive. To me, the best shot is number four, followed closely by the classroom shot you posted separately.


Feb 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Grad student's portrait


Thanks for the suggestion. He actually liked the first one the most believe it or not! I agree the face is underexposed but that's what he wanted. Here's an attempt to brighten it up like the one on Strobist you mention.







Feb 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM
 



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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Grad student's portrait


One man's "more creative" is another man's underexposed.

Note there is no light reaching his eyes in #1. Light is coming from behind. He must like the pic based on it being unusual.

Most of the shots have the same 'lack of light in the eyes' issue.

Maybe experiment with the positioning of your main light. If it is too high, the eyes will be shaded, partially of fully.



Feb 14, 2012 at 07:53 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Grad student's portrait


I like the first one the most as well, but agree that the face is lacking just a bit of "pop" to really make the whole image fantastic. Definitely try re-positioning the lights (or adding a new one) to illuminate the eyes just a bit more next time around. I like the direction you were going.


Feb 15, 2012 at 01:15 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Grad student's portrait


there's no catch lights in his eyes, makes him look dull and lifeless IMO.


Feb 15, 2012 at 02:37 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Grad student's portrait


Got it, well, thanks all. Could have used a third strobe.


Feb 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM





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