I participated in a fashion shoot yesterday and after getting the work out of the way, proceeded to shoot portraits.

This is Cynthia, she's got great presence in front of the camera.

Pretty much straight out of the camera.

Lighting was two shoot-through brollies in butterfly beauty lighting setup, two flashes on the background (one bare onto the background, one into a custom V-card), white reflector camera left.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 26th April 2009, This photo: 5:02pm

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  • James Lagden said:
    Great lighting Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    I can spot a couple of wee flaws with the lighting, but not enough to obsess over. ;-)
  • Out_and_About said:
    A fashion shoot would've been exciting!! Where was it??
    Nice shot btw!
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Nice shot Dave. And great lighting as usual :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Over at Morningside at a designer's house. Products were hand-made designer leggings, something I'm completely unfamiliar with.
    Thanks Tim :)
  • SkattyKat said:
    Flaws ?? hmmm looks like a nice shot to me David.
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm VERY picky when it comes to my own shots.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Great work Dave, thanks for all the tips!
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol David - I would never have guessed !! probably why you are so very good at what you do
    (I'm working on it & have a longggg way to go :-) )
    Take care
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Fantastic work Dave, this model was fantastic and you are right, had a fantastic presence in front of the camera.
  • maasha said:
    Not bad Dave - not bad at all! Now you just need to include a hair brush in your photographers kit - that single annoying hair across the eye is a bugger to Photoshop - much easier to brush away.
  • HPVD Photos said:
  • jaclyn_teh2000 said:
    love her eyes... pretty girl..
  • Ross_M said:
    Lovely work Dave. I would like to try some portraiture one day
  • Jennifer Renee said:
    Nice David...
    the lighting may not be perfect to your eyes, but there is little I can find fault with the pic as a whole... perhaps though the only thing I would have liked more was to be able to see the detail of her eyes more... they look like a wonderful shade of brown!
  • Debbie from Brisbane said:
    I really like the lighting here, thanks for the setup info (which I now have faved for when I get around to buying some lighting gear). A beautiful portrait
    I have trouble with dark brown eyes. My daughter has really dark brown eyes and if I don't catch enough light in them when shooting there is nothing I can do - well not that I know of (apart from faking catchlights), to bring them up.
  • RobertsonPhotography said:
    looking good Dave. that was an awesome lighting setup that we setup that day,
  • Jon McManus said:
    Great lighting, and a great photo. I assume the negative point you're referring to is the weird bit of reflection under her left arm? I'm sure a genius would be able to Photoshop that away--and if there's anything else wrong with the lighting, I can't see it...
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Matt, yeah turned out well :)
    I noticed that (afterwards of course), but it's not surprising as we'd been doing hair flick shots just before this.
    Danke :)
    It's not hard Ross once you've got a bit of practice in. You'll have to tag along sometimes.
    That's one of the points Jennifer, should have brought the brollies around a bit more, maybe lowered the top one a smidge.
    Light is the key as you've noticed Debbie, esp. with dark eyes.
    It was indeed Josh, worked well overall.
    And that's the other spot. ;-) The background is also a little uneven.