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Hannah 3

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 23 April 2012 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Last one from my day learning about lighting techniques. This time using a softbox slightly to the left of Hannah and a tight beam from a snood to light her hair.
It was a great day and I learned a lot more about other ways of using a flash rather than just sticking it on the camera on auto, and recommend it if you ever have the opportunity to spend some time learning and having a go

Canon EOS 500D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 100 50 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

Nice portrait,lovely lass !!

23 Apr 2012 5:23am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent portrait
well done indeed
Have a lovely day

23 Apr 2012 6:10am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

You certainly came away with some lovely portraits. I find the bracelets distracting in this frame, just a personal thought

23 Apr 2012 6:39am

@Christine: Thanks Christine. She was a little punkish (if that's a word) in her dress I actually cloned out her piercing which was just below her lip and did wonder about the bracelets.

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Für mich das beste aus dieser Serie. Ausgewogene Belichtung.

23 Apr 2012 7:13am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

This is a nice frame Doug - just one little point - her eyes seem a bit dull, there's no sparkle. What do you think ? .................. You can always tell me to mind my own business if you like. :-)

23 Apr 2012 7:14am

@Nigel: Thanks Nige, all criticism gratefully received. I think you're right and there seemed to be more sparkle in her eyes when she looked slightly away from camera.

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

All the details ... sweet and clever .. come from nature .

23 Apr 2012 7:36am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Magnificent - your lighting control creates a very expressive portrait.

23 Apr 2012 8:18am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Definitely got you a good result here Doug.

23 Apr 2012 8:32am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful portrait !

23 Apr 2012 9:23am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

I think this is the best of the bunch - nice portrait

23 Apr 2012 10:47am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

J'aime beaucoup ce portrait!! Elle a un petit air coquin!!!

23 Apr 2012 10:57am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Nice soft lighting for this portrait, Doug.

23 Apr 2012 10:57am

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

Another lovely portrait! Well done!

23 Apr 2012 12:48pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

You definitely saved the best for last! Congratulations on this wonderful series Doug! ;-)

23 Apr 2012 1:03pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I really like this

23 Apr 2012 1:43pm

Joyce from United States

Thanks for the lesson Doug. She is a great subject and you have done well with her. I really appreciate your "show and tell," and now I am accountable for the new info. Gulp. Actually I try not to use my flash and am ready for some fun experimenting too. Keep up the good work and keep on sharing your clever images.

23 Apr 2012 2:07pm

@Joyce: Thanks Joyce. I must admit to having been the same with flash often complaining about it's harshness but this session taught me that it doesn't have to be, and even using one light off camera through a softbox makes so much difference

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very lovely portrait and lighting, I love how you included her bracelets ~ love the mood!

23 Apr 2012 2:08pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec ces bijoux brillant quelle attitude et protrait grandisoe.
belle soriée

23 Apr 2012 2:27pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine portrait that looks expertly lighted. You've be ready to pick up a soft box and some lights now.

23 Apr 2012 3:13pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I really like the pose and result here, Doug. Nice work on all three portrait frames that you shared with us.

23 Apr 2012 4:10pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Lovely portrait !

23 Apr 2012 4:16pm

Chia Teck Kim from Singapore, Singapore

The details are fantastic! Lovely portrait ! Great series well done!

23 Apr 2012 5:39pm

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Nicely described in photos, and Hannah is really photogenic young lady! Great that you have learned something , I should probably go to learn!:))Hhaleja.

23 Apr 2012 7:09pm

@Oiva: Thanks. I would recommend it if you have the opportunity

franz from Baden, Austria

this is a terrific sequence of stunning portraits, doug! love the intriguing pose and the shy smile ... congrats on the achievement !!!

23 Apr 2012 7:29pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

I like this one. perfect image.

23 Apr 2012 7:32pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

My wife hates it when I adjust the eyes and so while I know that that degree of editing is not for all, here I'm with Nigel and though a nice portrait I would've sharpened the eyes, whitened the the whites and softened the skin tones...just a little.

23 Apr 2012 7:57pm

@Ted: I thought about it but have never tried editing the eyes, something else to learn. Thanks Ted

tataray from france, France

Ohhh magnifique.
Des yeux superbes.)

23 Apr 2012 8:41pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

I think it is a rather good photo, but framed just a little too tight for me personally. You received a lot of good constructive comments on here and that gives you plenty to think about as you work with new lighting techniques in the future. Looking at the reflections in her eyes I thought this was a natural light shot, but then I read your introduction. I do like this lighting style - really neat.

23 Apr 2012 8:47pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A beautiful image and a beautiful smile ... Magnificent lights friend! A hug, Adela

23 Apr 2012 9:14pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

have a look at Scott Kelby's books who talks you through the edit...or I cheat and use a plug-in. Curly will tell you he don't pay (even though he has more magic wands than Harry Potter!)... but this works for me.

23 Apr 2012 9:28pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

The highlights on her hair show up well, also the softer front light is evident being more flattering. Very nice portrait work.

23 Apr 2012 9:43pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Lovely portrait! This has been very interesting. How different lighting can change the whole portrait. I have really enjoyed it!

23 Apr 2012 11:59pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A really beautiful portrait !!! Wonderful lighting ....

24 Apr 2012 12:06am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful shot of Hannah. Lovely work with the lighting on these three shots of her...lucky to have that 'exposure' (teehee) with your camera club. I'm jealous !!

24 Apr 2012 1:08am

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Good portrait.

24 Apr 2012 3:55am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Youth, curiosity, warmth and expectation.

24 Apr 2012 4:46am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

wonderful light here! a beautiful portrait of a beautiful girl! good work!

24 Apr 2012 8:46am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

FANTASTIC portrait ! Bravo !

30 Apr 2012 12:44pm

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Canon EOS 500D
1/200 second
ISO 100
50 mm