Martin Van Londen's picture

Basic test, Basic Technique, how do you like the results?

I have been testing out this basic technique. I put my speed light basically directly ontop of my lens as close as I can get it and still point it straight at my subject. I'm attempting to get my light as flat as possible. I know it's basic but it is also iconic. I would love to hear other photographers thoughts on how it turned out.

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Dan Howell's picture

Angle of view (camera height) looking down on her makes her look short to my eye. I generally shoot at a camera position between shoulders and hips. The slight shadow to camera left is making her appear wider than she is. I doubt she would appreciate either element of the shot. While she is likely not the audience, in general models and audience respond well to shots that lengthen and slim rather than the opposite

Martin Van Londen's picture

Thank you for the advise! I think I'm going to try to wet out the shadow and see how that looks. I like your rule of thumb on the camera height. I try to keep the camera height at eye level. But think I stood up a little bit.

Dan Howell's picture

My reply was meant as critique not criticism. I like the choice of wardrobe for that genre photo. Elements can be improved to my eye, but they are possibly meeting your vision. I like the way the light is working with the black satin in the slacks. I am less fond of the top staying the same tone as the background.

Martin Van Londen's picture

I understand! I really appreciate the critique! I will be keeping it in mind next time I'm testing with this look. With this test I was going for as flat lighting look. Ive had some clients comment on how much they like that look so I have been trying to prefect it. But personally I like photos with more depth in the lighting. But I like to be able to provide people with either look.