View Full Version : A look at the view finder, and a sad sigh.... Please Help.

Brad Hardy
10-10-2007, 04:30 PM
Hey guys.
New to the forum, but I am thrilled to see how helpful everyone is.

I recently purchased a Nikon D40, and I am very happy with it....For the most part...
You see, I shot film for years, and eventually ended up with a higher end digital point and shoot. I'm interested in photographing promo shots for bands and there is a certain look that I'm trying to capture in my photos. However, I can't seem to capture the color and what I'll refer to as "the unknown element" to the photographs I see so often. I'm aware that I'll need a flash of some sort, (perhaps a slave orsoft box????) I've attached some samples of what I'm going for, if somebody could please tell me what I need to achieve photos like the ones below I'd be so appreciative. Thanks in advance!




10-10-2007, 04:49 PM
You need lots of lighting equipment and photoshop work.
There are some actions to make the images you capture resemble the first image.
You will also need an ultra-wide angle lens to get the perspective.

10-10-2007, 05:06 PM
As obi said, that's not just "a flash", that's full on studio lighting equipment.

10-10-2007, 05:10 PM
Not just an ultra-wide, as that top shot seems to have some fisheye effect. Not sure what the Nikor fisheye options are, sorry. And yes, some lighting equipment.

D Thompson
10-10-2007, 07:08 PM
Check out a plugin called Lucis Art for the first one.

10-10-2007, 11:32 PM
Check out a plugin called Lucis Art for the first one.Exactly...or its an HDR image...there is no lighting setup in the universe that creates that particular look on it's own. I think its a great image however it was achieved, although the right corner should have been dropped a little to make it perfect.

The lighting in the second one is very inconsistent. There's a shadow across the bottom half of the bodies that should have been eliminated with fill flash or the subjects should have been positioned differently vis a vie light. Also, the subject on the right is completely in shadow and is not lit the same as the others. The pose is pretty good (but dated) and the softer afternoon light on the upper bodies (of three of them) works great, but the mishandling of the shadows kills it for me because it looks just plain careless. I would not be aspiring to achieve the look of this particular shot.