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| p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · First studio shoot in almost a year. C&C welcome. |
So a general thought on the lighting, similar to what Peter said:
As a general rule (of course there are exceptions), we naturally expect to see higher lighting ratios in darker settings and lower lighting ratios in lighter settings. You have inverted this here for the most part: you have more fill on the dark background (4&5) and less fill on the light background (1,2,3,9,10). The light in 8 works in part because its low ratio on a light background. The light in 7 works better than many of the others because its a higher ratio on a darker background.
As I said, its not a universal rule, but its something to keep in mind.
I would also pay attention to that nose shadow encroaching on the cheek (see 6 vs 7 for example). Generally, if the nose shadow goes laterally onto the cheek it should connect to form a full Rembrandt triangle... otherwise it makes the nose look big. It is usually best to keep it inside the zone formed by the nasolabial folds and the lips. And always remember that pose affects lighting. I wouldn't be surprised if the key was in the same spot for #'s 2 & 6, but because of her head tilt the lighting *pattern* is better in #2 than in #6.