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5 days left of my 30-day challenge. So very close!

Today, I once again worked with the large reflective umbrella with an attached diffusion cover.

The Light Setup

I positioned the umbrella, which was much larger than in the image below, camera right to my delightful model Avery. I added a grid spot on the background that was lit with a modeling lamp instead of the flash. I also added a black panel to camera left of my subject. I thought this would add some shaping and depth to the image.

 

The results were very school picture-ish and the black panel appeared to make the shadow along her nose even darker.

So I began tinkering and removed the black panel and added a softbox in instead.

I didn’t care for the lack of shadows from the resulting image and felt the light was bland.

I turned off the background grid spot and moved the light in front of Avery and I shot right below it. I liked this light more although because it was front lit, it still lacked shadows.

I tried shooting from different angles and replaced the black panel at camera left to add more dimension.

I ended up liking the final images but it took quite a few adjustments and tinkering to pull it together. I was very thankful for an older model that I could chat with while making adjustments and not have to worry about her running off in the middle of a shot. She was a gem to work with. Plus, she loves books so that makes her even better.

Lessons Learned

  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
  • Having an older, patient model is a huge plus when experimenting with lighting.

I am wrapping up my portrait challenge and I am not sure what lights I will be focusing on over these last couple days. I may bring out my ring light and add another light with it or maybe I will attempt a session with a shop lamp. I am still up in the air with what to do next but I have no doubt that there is still tons to explore.

I may bring out my ring light and add another light with it or maybe I will attempt a session with a shop lamp. I am still up in the air with what to do next but I have no doubt that there is still tons to explore.

Thanks for reading and happy creating!

Comments

Hi Cooper! Thanks for the compliment. I would recommend learning all you can and practicing daily with your own camera.
You don’t need to have a fancy camera, a cell phone camera will go a long way in teaching you pleasing image composition and working with light. There are many great resources available on- line. Is there a particular type of photography you are interested in? Try searching some youtube videos for that type of photography. Shoot me an email at leah@thesaltedimage if you have questions or would like a list of resources.

Hello I think that your work is amazing. I have been interested for photography for a while now and i’m planning to start getting into it more. I was wondering if you have any advise for me. P.S Say hello to Avery for me where friends.

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