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I got a photography lamp/light from the phtographer who shoots my daughters pageant photos. He told me it would work on numerous backgrounds but works best on dark natural settings.

Well I wanted to test some pics, but only have a white background at this time. I can tell the diffeence already from using this light compared to the flourescent lighting that I had been using.

the flash was on while taking pics, but didn't go off as the light was really bright.

Any tips anyone can offer to go along with the new lighting?







 

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Darrick, just a click on 'Autolevels' in most photo editing programs should help to bring out the right colors from the photos. I took the liberty of using only Autolevels on the Porsche pic. Here it is.
 
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Thanks Winston,

I haven't messed with them in ps, I figured I would get a darker background first.

Before, when I took pics, I couldn't even get the decals to show up because of the lighting sucked so bad.

I guess I'll keep practicing for a bit.
 
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I have edited a bit the Porsche, I think a black or grey background would make it look much better.

Autocontrast and some 'highlight' was enough to get this result.


From what I have tried in the last couple of days, I guess editing technique is much more important and efficient than expertise in Photography. You obviously still need a good focused picture, but editing will take care of the rest.
 
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Thanks for the help guys. I am going to pick up some more background and then work on the editing :cheers

you guys did wonders with those pics :giggle
 
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The bill for my editing services amounts to 5 euros. :giggle

Goodluck on your quest for refining your pics!
 
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DiecastX said:
I got a photography lamp/light from the phtographer who shoots my daughters pageant photos. He told me it would work on numerous backgrounds but works best on dark natural settings.

Well I wanted to test some pics, but only have a white background at this time. I can tell the diffeence already from using this light compared to the flourescent lighting that I had been using.

the flash was on while taking pics, but didn't go off as the light was really bright.

Any tips anyone can offer to go along with the new lighting?
I'm such a newbie when it comes to photography. Any technical suggestions I have may and can be hazardous to your camera. :giggle

Do you have any kind of diffusers for the lamp? From my own experience, I noticed that, with diffusers, the light tends to be softer and less "yellow" than without. Another plus is that you will get little to no glare spots on your subjects. :cheers

And definitely get yourself some reflective bgs. I bet you will like them way better on reflective bgs than matte ones. :cheers

BTW, what level is your EV set at? I usually have mine at +0.7 to +1.0. The pics come out less darker that way.
 
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