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Re: [OM] Portrait of Kina

Subject: Re: [OM] Portrait of Kina
From: Bill Pearce <billpearce@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:40:25 -0500 (EST)
Peter, 


this is superb. Yes, it's a little flat due to the lighting, but let's not get 
overboard. Needing to exert more control over certain photos, I purchased two 
LED lights off Amazon, neither one over $40. I'm quite pleased. They are 
battery powered and lightweight. The lightest stands can easily handle them and 
they weigh less than my strobes. 
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From: "Peter Klein" <boulanger.croissant@xxxxxxxxx> 
To: "lug" <lug@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, 
leicareflex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:13:39 PM 
Subject: [OM] Portrait of Kina 


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/24844563@N04/38929746094/in/dateposted-public/> 

The back story: Tuesday night I got a phone call from a friend. Kina, 
her daughter, will play a cello solo with a local musical organization 
at the end of the month. They just told her that they need a picture of 
her for their online newsletter. Could I do it? When's it due? Umm, 
tomorrow. 

I arranged to come to the friend's house when Kina got home from school. 
I had about 90 minutes to do everything. It was gray and rainy, so 
outside light wouldn't work. I don't own any lights, but Kina's Dad had 
some. They turned out to be halogen. Oh, well. I found the most blank 
wall in the house, bounced the lights off the ceiling, set the camera's 
white balance with a sheet of white paper held in front of Kina's face. 
I set the output files to full-size JPG plus RAW, and did the shoot. 

Rapport was good. Things went well. I brought along my now-freeware 
image editor, Picture Window Pro on a flash drive, put it on the family 
computer, made a few adjustments to the best out-of-camera JPG. They 
send it off to the musical organization. I rushed home, wolfed down 
dinner, went to my own orchestra rehearsal, got home, looked at the 
photo. Their family computer was brighter than my calibrated monitor, 
so the photo is too dark. I readjusted it, did a couple of little 
dodges and burns, and sent it off as a "correction if there's time." 

Then I fooled with the RAW file to see if I could make it any better. 
The Olympus out-of-camera JPG is quite warm. Kina and her Mom liked it. 
Capture One, using a photo of the white paper as the white-balance 
standard, gave me a muted, almost pastel rendering of the RAW file. 
The wall color is accurate, but Kina looks a bit paler than she actually is. 

<http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/pklein/music/portraits/P1100521+2.jpg.html> 

Often, I find that if I take the average of the too-warm initial white 
balance and a "correct" one derived from something white in the picture 
(or shot under the same conditions), that average is close to what I 
like. Not this time--whatever tweaks I tried made it worse. 

The out-of-camera version is usable as-is. But I have a few other shots 
from the session that I'd like to work up. Of course they could be 
converted to B&W. But I'm wondering what I can do to make the 
white/color balance better. And I'm wondering if I should invest in a 
couple of reasonably-priced lights or flashes (Is that an oxymoron?) if 
more people ask me to do this sort of thing. Re-arranging the living 
room lights works fine for B&W, but not always for color. 

--Peter 
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