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    Default The parking lot and Christy .

    On Monday night I rushed from Raglan to try and be on time for the photo shoot in the Chartwell square parking lot and was the first to arrive !?
    Thanks to Kyle for arranging this - and to Christy for being the only reliable model once again - she is always early and always turns up for shoots if anyone is looking for someone reliable
    She is also easy to work with since she just gets into the posing and we don't have to say anything

    This time I was in a big hurry to get there and since it was a Monday night I didn't make much effort to take a lot of gear or spend time setting up lighting - I had a flash in my left hand most of the time and sometimes cheated and bounced it off someone else's umbrella .

    This is what I got from the evening :









    Some natural light shots as well at iso 6400







    and one of the 'behind the scenes shots'

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    I think #2 has the best lighting in this series.
    Would you like some more C&C?
    Lighten up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sooshee View Post
    I think #2 has the best lighting in this series.
    Would you like some more C&C?
    Yeah give it to me ! .
    I was just a 'happy snapper' that night but I'm sure others will also benefit from C&C - that's what we are here for
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    I like #3, the firey orange backlighting is really cool. If the focus was on the eyes instead of the lips it would be even better... but I know it's difficult to get focus in the dark without modelling lights or other assistance (even for Nikons with their 100+ focus points to choose from....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyphoto.co.nz View Post
    I like #3, the firey orange backlighting is really cool. If the focus was on the eyes instead of the lips it would be even better... but I know it's difficult to get focus in the dark without modelling lights or other assistance (even for Nikons with their 100+ focus points to choose from....)
    My D90 only has 11 focus points .
    If there weren't so many people I would have turned on af-assist because I was really battling in the low light - I resorted to focusing on a light patch on her shoulder a few times knowing that I wouldn't have it 100%
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    Cool shots mate, I really like that back lighting on the third one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tannachy View Post
    Cool shots mate, I really like that back lighting on the third one too.
    Thanks , I was trying very hard to keep that street light behind her head It popped out a few times




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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Yeah give it to me ! .
    I was just a 'happy snapper' that night but I'm sure others will also benefit from C&C - that's what we are here for
    Cheers, first of all I am not an expert in flash-lighting so please just take my comments for what they're worth ...
    - Lower angle headshots (e.g. #1) are usually not flattering, i.e. nostrils are not what you want to hightlight, nor are shots showing the armpits (e.g. #3). I noticed there might be some heavy pp done in #3 on the armpit???
    - Try and avoid "panda eyes" shadows (e.g. #4, 5, 6) for glamour shots.
    - Also watch out for how the model turns her neck which may show up neck wrinkles that normally aren't there e.g., #3
    - The yellow back lighting in #3 works well but not when it is across Christy's face in #4.
    - Watch out for cropped hands e.g., #3 hand cropped and a finger re-appearing
    - I think #1, 4, 5, 6 could have benefited from showing more shoulder/chest/torso.
    - Watch out for arms/legs that don't look like arms/legs anymore- e.g. #7 has only a sliver of Christy's left arm showing, ending with what look like knuckles showing.
    - Lastly, Christy is a great model and she just looks so natural in front of the camera. Love her really engaging eyes too- e.g. #6 is a great example. Was it a TF or paid shoot? Mind PMing me costs if it was the latter? Is she based in Auckland and does she ever travel to Wellington?

    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Thanks , I was trying very hard to keep that street light behind her head It popped out a few times
    Streets light, pretty advanced lighting set up that is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tannachy View Post
    Streets light, pretty advanced lighting set up that is!
    Cheap set-up if it is already there though

    Quote Originally Posted by sooshee View Post
    Cheers, first of all I am not an expert in flash-lighting so please just take my comments for what they're worth ...
    - Lower angle headshots (e.g. #1) are usually not flattering, i.e. nostrils are not what you want to hightlight, nor are shots showing the armpits (e.g. #3). I noticed there might be some heavy pp done in #3 on the armpit???
    - Try and avoid "panda eyes" shadows (e.g. #4, 5, 6) for glamour shots.
    - Also watch out for how the model turns her neck which may show up neck wrinkles that normally aren't there e.g., #3
    - The yellow back lighting in #3 works well but not when it is across Christy's face in #4.
    - Watch out for cropped hands e.g., #3 hand cropped and a finger re-appearing
    - I think #1, 4, 5, 6 could have benefited from showing more shoulder/chest/torso.
    - Watch out for arms/legs that don't look like arms/legs anymore- e.g. #7 has only a sliver of Christy's left arm showing, ending with what look like knuckles showing.
    - Lastly, Christy is a great model and she just looks so natural in front of the camera. Love her really engaging eyes too- e.g. #6 is a great example. Was it a TF or paid shoot? Mind PMing me costs if it was the latter? Is she based in Auckland and does she ever travel to Wellington?

    Cheers.
    Christy is in Hamilton . It was a TFCD shoot but she is available for paid shoots - I will PM details .
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    Are there any groups in the Manawatu that get together to do this sort of thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Beres View Post
    Are there any groups in the Manawatu that get together to do this sort of thing?
    We are all just hobby photographers and arrange meet-ups as we get time - you could post a thread in "meet-ups" and arrange one as well - contact
    young girls in the area interested in modeling and see if they want to model for free photos for their portfolio .
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    from a womans POV I would agree with sooshees comments - the head down look is not flattering if you have a bit of a chin
    the extreme twist to the neck in the first image is distracting
    the shot with the arm up with all the wrinkles there is also distracting and not flattering

    I suggest not just looking at the frame of the pose you think works, but look at those details - also where shadows fall (ie noses and chins and brows) can often detract in detail from a strong structural pose. And perspective and angle can have a quite major effect and not always in a positive way

    I have spent a lot of time modelling nude for art classes and for photographers so I see it from both POV - you need a model who understands how their body is best positioned to advantage from a photography POV, not just a 'look pretty and pose" POV - two diff things.

    In saying that I like what you tried to do with #3 and the last one of her with the full length shadow
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    Some cool pics, Desmond. Must have been nightmare though to get the lighting sussed though, especially with the sodium street lighting.

    Sodium lights don't not have a full spectrum of colors in the light, so it's impossible to get all the colors in the subject to show properly when the subject is illuminated just with this lighting. Hence the mediocre colours without the flash.

    How did the other guys pics turn out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesodan View Post
    Some cool pics, Desmond. Must have been nightmare though to get the lighting sussed though, especially with the sodium street lighting.

    Sodium lights don't not have a full spectrum of colors in the light, so it's impossible to get all the colors in the subject to show properly when the subject is illuminated just with this lighting. Hence the mediocre colours without the flash.

    How did the other guys pics turn out?
    Hopefully they will post some I usually just get the pictures off my camera and upload them- some of the guys seem to take months to process their images
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesodan View Post
    How did the other guys pics turn out?
    Yeah I was wondering that, are they members here Desmond?

    None of them really do it for me.
    I had a quick play with the second one, a crop and a slight vignette, that naked arm going nowhere didn't help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigROBOTbill View Post
    Yeah I was wondering that, are they members here Desmond?

    None of them really do it for me.
    I had a quick play with the second one, a crop and a slight vignette, that naked arm going nowhere didn't help.
    I think most of them are on here - the others are on our Hamilton meet-ups group on fb .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    some of the guys seem to take months to process their images
    that'll be me...

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