Cheryl Dubois  

Cover Girl by Cheryl Dubois

September 2020 - Cover Girl

September 2020 - Cheryl Dubois


About the Image(s)

Canon 5D Mark IV, 1/60; f3.5; ISO 400 @ 65 mm with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

Sunset photoshoot. 2 off camera flashes. One providing some back light and one slightly camera left. After reviewing the image, I decided to give it a horizontal crop. In PS I did some cloning to remove the metal piping and to remove stray hair from her face, along with some dodging and burning.

6 comments posted

Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
A few thoughts here Cheryl - lovely model and the setting works well.

What I wonder about a bit is the lighting. When I look at the shadow underneath your model's nose; it is quite hard. How large was the light modifier on the camera left side and how far away from the model was it located?

I'm not sold on the crop either; I would probably look at a square image as that wall is not doing a lot for the image, especially on the right hand side. The shadow there is quite distracting. There is something looping down into the image; again a distraction that the shot would be better without.

I'd likely try something along these lines.   Posted: 09/01/2020 23:39:40
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Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
The light was a speedlight with a 24 inch modifier. It was probably about 5-6 feet away. I need to get closer right? And feather it across her face? This was a night time shoot and we were in an alley. Limited room. I like your square crop.
  Posted: 09/02/2020 08:05:33
Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
5-6 ft for a 24" softbox is really pushing it for the key light, if you are looking for soft light. This is generally what you are after in a portrait like this one.

The rule of thumb for soft light is that the modifier should be no farther away than the diagonal of the modifier (rectangular softboxes) or the diameter for round ones (umbrellas or octaboxes). For your 24" softbox that would be around 34". Using a fill light (I would go for a white reflector), rather than an active source like a flash, will act to soften the shadows. If you go with that approach, you can sometimes get away with moving the keylight further back. I will go up to 2x diagonal / diameter distance if I want a harder light especially if I use a fill.

If you look at the image I posted this month, that is exactly the situation there. The environment is gritty, so I wanted harder light and used a small (24" x 36" softbox) about 5+ ft away and had a silver reflector behind the subject to give a higher contrast fill light.

  Posted: 09/02/2020 09:56:18
Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
Thanks! I was wanting something with a little more drama. I do need to correct myself and say the modifier was on the backlight, the front light was a speedlight with NO modifier. I have a friend who will come out with me to do some more night shoots and I will give your suggestions a go - thanks!   Posted: 09/02/2020 11:41:54
Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
Direct speedlight does not give particularly nice light; it is a very small light source and creates hard shadows and specular highlights on the face.

When I am in a "run & gun" shooting situation and have to use a camera mounted speedlight, I will try to bounce the light off a nearby wall or ceiling to give me better quality light.

I have used direct speedlight at times, but generally only as a fill light.   Posted: 09/02/2020 13:04:56

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
I am still new and do not have any thing to tell you to help make this better. I love the pic.
I like how Manfred cropped it square.
We are lucky to have Manfred with us; he told you a lot of good information that I too will be trying when I go out at night also.   Posted: 09/02/2020 21:22:13


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