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Old 04-06-2004, 08:37 PM   #1
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This photograph was taken indoors, with my Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera. To light my subject, I placed a single 6500 Kelvin bulb in a reflector on a tripod. The bulb was at a height of about 7 feet. Just off to our left . perpendicular to the wall, was the closed studio door, which is paInted white, and acts as a fill reflector.

I wanted to have clean value separation, so I placed her against a middle value wall (my studio wall, painted in a Home Depot Behr color called Mesa Gray) so that the shadowed side of my subject would be darker than the wall, and lit side lighter.
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Old 04-07-2004, 10:22 AM   #2
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Let me say to everybody that Chris knows what she is talking about. This is a superbly wonderful piece of reference for a painter. Using this material as a point of departure, she can really bring off a first class portrait. She is following all the time-tested proven rules. Notice that the light is coming down on the form from a slightly elevated angle. Pay attention to the fact that three-quarters of the image is in light and a quarter in shadow. This is just about textbook perfect.

The grey background is a wonderful foil for working scrap. It also looks wonderful against flesh. The color
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Old 04-18-2004, 09:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the extra information on this Chris and Bill. I didn't know about the 75% rule and will try it next time I photograph someone indoors. I also have to paint those walls and get rid of a bunch of "stuff". I recently bought a Nikon Coolpix 5400 (last Aug.). Chris or Bill, could you advise me on the camera settings you use with this set up? I started this as a total novice, and now feel a little more competent, but sometimes still get blown out highlights. There is a setting for contrast and saturation level, do you ever change those from auto mode? I finally figured out that I need to set it on aperture priority for outdoor shots to get the best results (at the highest setting). I'm getting a little better at choosing the setting for the best light. Any tips you can throw out?

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Old 12-17-2005, 01:21 PM   #4
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Hello Chris,

I am under stupefaction from the beauty and perfection of that photo...
Just a question: when you did the painting afterwards, did you have the same light as when the model was posing, or the light (the Kelvin bulb) was just there for the photos?

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Old 12-23-2005, 05:04 PM   #5
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Chris, the photo is fantastic, and I was so lucky to have seen live one of its european outcomes !
I must say that after my Coolpix 5700 broke in a car accident I have upgraded to the D50 but still miss my old one!
Thank you for the fantastic example
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Old 01-10-2006, 11:04 PM   #6
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Wow, I am so delinquent in responding - so sorry!

Jean, regarding the camera settings, my camera does a very good job with auto, and I find that I only need to specify a white balance when the light is at an extreme temperature in either direction. I tweak saturation and contrast in Adobe photoshop as needed, before printing. I have found though, if I use a "portrait" setting (large aperture) my camera has trouble getting everything in focus. A smaller aperture would be better.

Sergio, I only paint in natural indirect light, which is quite close to the 6500 K bulb. In Arizona there is so rarely anything but clear blue skies that the indirect natural light is quite constant in temperature, at least compared to a region where there's lots of rain, clouds etc.

If I were to paint under an artificial light I would use the same bulb.

This is one of several images from a series of photos that I took, and Scott Bartner actually painted from this particular image - a spectacular piece that was accepted into the Royal Society of Portrait Artists last year. I am going to buy a lottery ticket (I keep meaning to) so I can purchase this painting from Scott- this is my daughter Alexandra.

Here is the link to the painting on Scott's wonderful site
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:03 AM   #7
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The photo indeed has something mysterious and intriguing (may be because of Arizona "Spanish" light imitation?
I think as a landscape it could be the subject of several paintings and interpretation...
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