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ByeByeBeautiful
08-03-2010, 09:27 PM
I got to break in my new 2nd flash at a Gorillaz shoot last weekend. I would very much like to hear people's thoughts!

Some things I already caught:

Murdoc - Depth of field is too shallow

Noodle - Key light (white) cast unwanted second shadow



Complete shoot here (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2658465/)

2D
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/26/2658484.jpg

Murdoc
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/26/2658470.jpg

Noodle
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/26/2658465.jpg

FiveRings
08-05-2010, 01:56 PM
I got to break in my new 2nd flash at a Gorillaz shoot last weekend. I would very much like to hear people's thoughts!

Some things I already caught:

Murdoc - Depth of field is too shallow

Noodle - Key light (white) cast unwanted second shadow

Complete shoot here (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2658465/)

2D
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/26/2658484.jpg
I'm not sure I like that half of him isn't lit at all. You're hiding the megaphone in the shadows. If anything, put it in the other hand so it gets lit. I don't think he's supposed to look like so much of a zombie?
Murdoc
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/26/2658470.jpg
How does the Burger King hat fit in? The DoF is an issue, but the whole image seems a bit out-of-focus, though I can't pin point why. The lower hand is cropped awkwardly, so the scepter leads your eyes down to it and then it gets cut off there. If you had pulled back a bit, you would've kept the hand and had the character silhouetted which would of made it a bit more interesting IMO.

Noodle
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/26/2658465.jpg
Did you have two flashes going on this one? I like it, though you should consider using an umbrella on the main light. The light source that's camera-right gives the subject a bit of light on that side to help separate her from the background,which is nice. It keeps the legs from getting completely lost in the darkness. The flash that's camera-left could be pointed a bit lower to do the same for that side.

ByeByeBeautiful
08-06-2010, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the critique FiveRings!

I'm not sure I like that half of him isn't lit at all. You're hiding the megaphone in the shadows. If anything, put it in the other hand so it gets lit. I don't think he's supposed to look like so much of a zombie?

The “zombie” appearance is intentional for this shot. Agreed on moving the megaphone!


How does the Burger King hat fit in? The DoF is an issue, but the whole image seems a bit out-of-focus, though I can't pin point why. The lower hand is cropped awkwardly, so the scepter leads your eyes down to it and then it gets cut off there. If you had pulled back a bit, you would've kept the hand and had the character silhouetted which would of made it a bit more interesting IMO.

The Burger King crown is the cosplayer’s choice.

I see what you mean about the cropping. (Bad photographer! Stop dismembering your subjects! *slaps hand*) As for the focus, no excuse. Fortunately I got that fixed before Noodle's shot.

Did you have two flashes going on this one? I like it, though you should consider using an umbrella on the main light. The light source that's camera-right gives the subject a bit of light on that side to help separate her from the background,which is nice. It keeps the legs from getting completely lost in the darkness. The flash that's camera-left could be pointed a bit lower to do the same for that side.

There are two flashes, but only one on the cosplayer.

#1 one to camera left at shoulder-level. It may have bounced off the wall to get some of that lighting detail.

#2 gelled blue and on the floor behind Noodle, shooting through the windmill cookie.

I’m considering an umbrella or a softbox for my next purchase, but don’t want to carry too much equipment at cons. For shoots like this, though, it might be worth the investment.