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Shooting without sunlight
Hi All, thought it was time again to seek out some feedback on one of my pics since this was a bit of a departure for me.
This was my first time trying to get a pic without sunlight to work with. I bought a dimmable LED desk light and also used an LED torch to try and light from below a little.
A few things look wrong to me now that I have posted it:
- Background is too plain. Should have may be had some bigger trees at the edges to frame the pic a little
- Colours were a bit flat so i altered several setting in Snapseed to brighten it up. I think maybe i overdid that.
- Placement of porgs and flowers just looks wrong but I can't put my finger on why.
- Despite the lights it's still a bit dark under scarecrow hat
- I'm not convinced the photo is as in focus as it could have been. My phone seems to struggle without natural light
Anyway I would love to hear your feedback more than my own! Thanks in advance.
Right then, your points... 😉
Background - I think the blue works well and, although you could add bigger trees, the space gives the eye a chance to rest before going back to explore the rest of the image
Colours - the green at the bottom of the images seems to all blend together; maybe try to darken it?
Placement - I'd say ensure separation between all the elements at the bottom. The porg on the fence is perfect!
Hat - I think it's OK, it's dark but it's not in complete shadow?
Focus - Looking at in on my PC screen the scarecrow looks in focus without pixel peeping, and that is the main element in this picture
Overall it's a nice, cheery image! 😀
I agree with the above but also... there's a missed opportunity for a funnier story here: that porg on the ground has the same pose as the scarecrow!
I might have had the scarecrow looking at that porg like it was playing with it or vice versa.
I think you did a fantastic job for your first time experimenting with new things! I do agree that there should be a little more in the background to create more of a natural looking environment. I think the scarecrows face is well lit and the shadow of the hat works for the scene - if you were actually outside, there would be a shadow from the sun being in the sky and not directly in front of you. All in all, it’s a super fun pic!
About the lighting, I think it would serve this photo better if you turned off the room light and shot with just the main light (desk lamp). The room lights caused harsh, double shadows in the photo which makes it hard to sell this image to the viewer.
In general, I always turn off the room lights. The only ambient light that I let bleed into my scenes is natural light for my window.
If it is too dark, bring the light in as close as possible. I don't know if the mobile camera app you're using allows you to adjust the shutter settings, but you could also keep the shutter open longer (tripod or stable support required).