Quote Originally Posted by msbarnes View Post
Thank you for your response in regards to the silver/gold reflector but can you elaborate in your response a bit? I'm not so well acquainted with some photography lingo.

1. By a lot of perspective, you mean that you would have preferred to use a longer lens, say for like the first image, because my lens selection/distance seems to make the front of her body unnaturally larger than the rear?

2. By lighting ratio, do you mean more contrast? As in more lighting in certain areas and less in other areas?

As in achieving my vision. I'm not sure. I just wanted to experiment and play around. I think as I get more experienced my style will be more consistent and my vision more clear. Overall, I am happy with the images and so is she.

I just posted this to get some feedback and to understand what people do and do not like about my work. Ofcourse tastes differ as our styles and preferences can be different. I will accept and reject comments and advice but having more feedback, I think, never hurts as long as it is constructive. Some people have commented on things like keeping my background vertical lines straight, I honestly never payed attention to details like that, but that is something that I will be more aware of. I also feel that film photographers are more conservative in the focal lengths/lighting so advice here I value greatly.
Hi,

Light comes in different flavors that range from warm to cool, or to be a little more correct, wavelengths that correspond from red-ish to blue-ish. It is measured in something called kelvin degrees. Warmer light, like that from candles, old school tungsten light bulbs, quartz halogen, and golden reflectors, are on the warm, red/ orange end of things. Daylight, flash, arc lights, cool fluorescents, etc are on the blue end. Most black and white film is less sensitive to warm red-ish light than it is to cool blue-ish light. This is called spectral sensitivity. For some films this curve has been published and for some you've got to test or guess, but usually it's from 1/2 to 1 stop less sensitive. Since negative film enjoys over exposure much more than under exposure, I just call it one stop open up one when my key source is warm.

In regards to perspective, yes, that is what I mean, but that is a matter of taste. If that was your intention, you did a good job. If it wasn't, well, something else to consider.

In regard to lighting, yes, old farts like me express contrasts as ratios of key to fill in stops.


It's fun to play around, it is a good way to learn certain things. Certain other things are learned by setting out to do something deliberate and figuring out how. Once you can do that, playing around becomes much more powerful, because you know how to take full advantage.