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In the last few years I have yearned for something more, something to push my creativity and challenge my mind. Through the 365 Project and Photography I have found a passion that has filled a hole in my heart. A sense of being and a meaning to my life. I hope my pictures live on forever even if only through my children and my blog.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

#4 Self Portrait

1/20, f5, ISO 800, Focal Length 35.0mm, No Flash, 2 Umbrella Lights.
Here is my 1st True Self Portrait. It has taking me several hours of moving my umbrella lights to get to this point and I am frustrated. I have done some reading about lighting, but just can't quite get it. I know that I need a main light that should be positioned about 45 degrees up and to one side and the other light should be used as a fill, but I still can't get a soft shadow to one side of my face. Also, the color is still off. I have changed my metering, but it doesn't seem to help. At this point I am open to any suggestions.


  1. Sorry, girl...I only use natural light so far! I do know that using a gray card seems to be the safe way to handle skin tones...You captured some nice catch lights IMO.

  2. Well, I have to admit I am giving up the umbrella lights for the rest of the week and use natural light. I'd rather work on creativity than light.

  3. Me too - which I think horrifies a lot of photographers :)