Apr 232011

My Orbis Ring Flash came in the mail earlier this week and by Friday the need to play with the new toy reached a breaking point. I asked Katy to pose for me while I tried it out in several different settings. The verdict? I can’t really say I liked any of the shots I took with it. Clearly, I need to practice a little more and experiment with settings and distances. I know it can produce some great looks, I’m just going to have to figure out how to get that with my equipment.

Fortunately, the session wasn’t a total loss as I took a few shots outside without the flash. Here’s the one I liked the best.

This shot came out of the camera about a stop too hot but the nice thing about working in raw is the ability to recover those overexposed areas. I ran this through my portrait retouching tool for some slight skin smoothing and then into Photoshop to remove a few stray hairs and to brighten and sharpen the eyes. I also added a little saturation to her lips.


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