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Using MagBeam for the very first time...Any thoughts on how I can take this picture to the next level...composition, lighting... (show more)
Exif Data
  • NIKON D750
  • 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8
  • f/2.8
  • 70mm
  • 1/80
  • 200

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Very gorgeously done, and loving the quality of the spotlit effect you have going on here! Looks like the MagBeam is working well. I also love the overall dramatic exposure and processing, nicely done on the ambient vs flash exposure. Maybe the ambient could have used just a touch brighter exposure, though.

    Also, personally, since I’m a really shaky guy even with stabilized lenses, I usually try and stay at 1/200 sec on a 70-200 at all times, so I’d have probably gone to ISO 800 or 1600 in this scene, and hit 1/200 sec on the shutter speed. But, if you’re getting sharp results at 1/80, then that’s awesome! I need to drink less coffee so that I can be calmer while I shoot.

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    • Haiser Eskandaryan

      I’m usually around 1/200 but I was ‘losing’ light very quickly and also didn’t want to add too much noise in the picture. But ISO800-1600 wouldn’t have added ‘that much’ noise. I’ll keep that in mind next time…Thanks alot!!! 

      I didn’t realize coffee can cause hand shake hahaha 

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    • Matthew Saville

      Yeah on the D750, I don’t start worrying until I’m under-exposed at ISO 3200. Generally speaking, though, as long as your exposure is bright, ISO 800-3200 is fantastic, and you can always darken it a bit later to hide noise.

      Basically, there could be less noise if you shoot brightly exposed at ISO 3200 and darken the image 1 stop, than if you shoot under-exposed at ISO 800 and brighten the image 1 stop. Sounds crazy, but it’s true!

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    Matthew Saville

    I think that we’re just barely missing the “nose shadow triangle” that would have made this into Rembrandt lighting, unfortunately. I’d have either had her turn her head just a tiny bit to our right, (her left) …or I’d have tried bringing the flash just a little bit more centered. although eventually that might be a bad idea if the light starts to look flat and/or Paramount.

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    • Haiser Eskandaryan

      Turning her head a tad would’ve done the trick! I appreciate your time and honest feedback greatly!!!

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    Matthew Saville

    The perfectly straight elbow could use just a faint, faint bend.

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