This was a second assignment from the online course Lighting102 from strobist.com which put into practice some of the things I have learned so far, namely:
- Changing the position of the flash - angle
- Changing the position of the flash - position
- Changing the apparent light size
- Specular Highlights
I think I had two main issues:
- The initial background I chose was not reflective enough, and
- The whole "getting the right angles" thing was not as easy as I thought.
The second image of my wife and youngest daughter was also taken with a shoot through umbrella pretty much head on (slight to camera right) . I liked the specular highlight better in this image, although the shadow to the left seemed to ruin the picture somewhat.
This was a close up shot which I finally accepted as the best I could do for the moment. I'm still not happy with the left hand shadow behind my wifes head as her dark hair is lost in the shadow, which I was trying to light up with the specular highlight.
Any help on how to get the whole head surrounded by the specular highlight would be most welcome :-)
If I get any improvements on these shots I'll post them here. With more practice and help I should be able to do this :-)
Please feel free to leave comments or questions about this article and I will endeavor to answer them as soon as possible.
Previous lessons from Lighting102: