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  1. manda

    Nik collection and LR

    I tend to use it in this order: Lightroom>Photoshop>Nik or Alien skin>Photoshop>Lightroom tweaks>export from LR. My computer is very laggy at the moment so I've stopped using all plugins. I don't get on with them as stand alones because I have presets that I like to use e.g. contrast. Mandy
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    Critique Last shoot of 2017

    Quick thanks to everyone who gave me harsh critique - for my next session I kept the 23mm locked away and refused to use Alien Skin ... and I got back to my signature style! Incidentally, I'm thinking of trading my fuji 35mm or 23mm for something squeaky sharp like the 56mm (fav lens that I...
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    Critique Last shoot of 2017

    Thanks for your observations @gazmorton2000 You know I'm a fan of your work. @Phrasemaker #1 was with the 23mm, as were all the brown backdrops. I was careful to keep the non-model's face in the center of the lens, but you can see the distortion towards the arms at the bottom of the frame...
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    Critique Last shoot of 2017

    Lol - sorry - I meant the post processing. I know wide angles distort faces. You've always been helpful , so thanks for sharing! Mandy
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    Critique Last shoot of 2017

    Why not - looking to improve? Thanks, Mandy
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    Critique Last shoot of 2017

    Thanks everyone for their comments. @Kodiak Qc I always respect your opinion. Thanks Everyone's comments about the colour processing is spot on, I'd reinstalled Alien Skin and was having a play. I also appreciate your observations about skin colour - always the holy grail. @wambam @sk66 You...
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    Skin tones issue?

    Looks good to me. Nice portrait.
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    Critique Last shoot of 2017

    Hi all, Just wanted to share some recent portraits as I've not been active for a while. Happy for CC on my photography (but not the model). Thanks Mandy #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 I've used a different skin processing approach here - I don't know if it looks too perfect?
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    Male Portraits

    Thanks for your thoughts. Mandy
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    Male Portraits

    Do you have this book, specifically the female one? I've been looking at it. Thanks, Mandy
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    Critique Headshot

    I like it and feel you are heading in the right direction. Male skin is always hard to edit and I like the bluish background you've created.
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    Jana

    Fantastic
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    I've another session today - excited and curious to see if I can solve some problems. #5
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    This is actually my first set with the soft box, sharing because I'm enjoying the process. Plus I have another session next weekend, so might pick up some new tips. No texture added as I'm now following Peter Coulson's approach. Quite a close crop because G. wore a large watch and I hadn't...
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    Thanks - its taken me many years of trial and error to get to this point! Ask me anything! Mandy
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    Thanks everyone for your support. Pose - I did go back and look at how Andy Park presented these poses and most of his models have their arm drapped on the outside of the knee. I'm sure I'll remember to improve this next time, thanks to your suggestions. Grain - I'm still working out a way to...
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    Medium Format Portraits

    I adore them.
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    Thanks for you honesty and feedback, I always appreciate your insights!
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    I agree with you. The plastic box (as an apple box) was too low and with her foot on the stool, it was too high.
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    Mum thinks they are stupid (she couldn't understand why she was looking at someone's arm pit). What's your honest opinion?
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    Something like 3X4 meters. With a 2-seater sofa along the wall (camera left)and TV in the corner (camera right). My bum is on the radiator. In the last image she has her foot on the sofa and I needed to crop out the arm rest. I've tried to create some distance from the wall, but the light...
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    Gosh - thanks for your support. After your feedback, I redid image #2 in the same style.
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    Critique New Old Softbox

    Hi all, I bought a second hand softbox on here last month and things are finally falling into place for me. It's 140m double diffused Octobox and even in my small room, I'm managing to use it successfully with the grid in place. I'll post more as I go on from another session. I'm trying to...
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    Best way to use ND on studio flash

    Forgot to add - tested out modelling lamp too and I think I could use it on its own. As for model lamp settings. I pressed a lot of buttons without checking the manual, so thanks for the additional details. Something I need to check properly. Mandy
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    Best way to use ND on studio flash

    Right - productive morning as I've solved a few things that were bugging me. 1. The ND sheet works fine taped to the reflector - I can't discern any changes in coverage. 2. The ND sheet does lower the modelling light - but I also learnt that a high power output = high modelling light. So, with...
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    Best way to use ND on studio flash

    Thanks for your thoughts - I'll have a play and test out what happens with different approaches tomorrow and feedback. It's an Elinchrom D light 4 (?). Experience has told me I needed a lower wattage *sigh*. A ND filter on my lens has worked well, as has bouncing the light off a wall. I'll try...
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    Best way to use ND on studio flash

    I'm aiming to use f2 on my camera with the studio lighting. I've not yet played with my equipment to see what's the best approach. Is using the reflector head inside a softbox a bad idea? Mandy
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    Best way to use ND on studio flash

    Hi, I've done some research, but wondered what the general consensus is.. I expected to put the ND sheet on my reflector within the softbox. BUT the sheet is larger than I thought and I don't want to cut it. Also, don't I want light to spread wide and bounce? I've also seen videos where the...
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