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I have a few studio lighting portraits in my portfolio, but to be honest I've never really felt completely comfortable in a studio situation. So I decided to try natural light portraits. And having received an anniversary present (25 years as a translator/interpreter) and having bought a nice new lens for it, I decided to ask my nephew's fiancée Maud for a test session - just a quick shoot outside in between some showers.

What do you think? I think my lens performed well, but how did I do? Smile (I'm putting this in the Critique Gallery, so I'm actively inviting critique comments, and just giving a vote isn't possible. I really appreciate comments!)

Thanks for looking!

Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:OLYMPUS M.45mm F1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:45mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3 EV
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:none
White Balance:Auto
Title:First Natural Light Portrait
Username:conrad conrad
Uploaded:10 Sep 2013 - 6:27 PM
Tags:1.8, 45mm, General, Light, Maud, Natural, Outside, Portrait, Portraits / people
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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2013 - 6:42 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Perhaps a reflector required just to add a little more sparkle to those eyes !! Conrad. A good image out of your comfort zone.
Ron

Last Modified By rontear at 10 Sep 2013 - 6:42 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2013 - 7:24 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Generally nice. A couple of things. There are areas of skin just a touch bright. You used -1/3 stop compensation. -2/3 might be just a touch better. I would have liked eye contact. That is a lovely smile, but at someone else. It should be at me. Hence, looking into the lens.

The eyes need a catch light. You can add them easily in software but, more natural, is a weak flash fill at half power or less. Little effect on the image, but a catch light in each eye.

Paul

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2013 - 8:12 PM

Interesting comments, thanks!

I had -1/3, but as you said, Paul, maybe it should have been -2/3. I wasn't getting the 'looks' on her face that I wanted, so I told her to look at her fiancé - but on reflection, maybe I should have asked him to stand behind me. And speaking of reflection, I have now bought a reflector. Smile

Good suggestions, Ron and Paul, I appreciate it!

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2013 - 9:07 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Really natural shot.

I love her smile, and that tilted wall. Catch-lights in the eyes will make it better I agree, and the ones you can place in PS are indistinguishable from a flash. The negative of using flash would be risking overexposing her face. The exposure here is really good as it is.

Apart from the catch-lights, the skin tone, to me at least leans a little too much towards blue and red, and Ive made a small adjustment to this in the mod, which also has catchlights, ans a different crop with her head lower and further right.

The second mod has has -1/3 applied.



A well done supernatural potrait.


Regards


Willie

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2013 - 9:20 PM

Sorry, mod 3 is -1/3, the other two are the same image.

W

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2013 - 7:54 AM

Thanks for the mods and the comments, Willie, that´s very helpful. It is, as Ron points out, all a bit out of my comfort zone, so I´m expecting a learning curve here. And the examples and pointers certainly help.

Thanks!

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kaybee  103823 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2013 - 8:11 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Conrad - your other types of photography have been pretty much mastered and I suspect it will not be long
until you have done the same with portraiture.

Sometimes things came look just too polished and perfect where every 'rule' has been followed.
I like the obviously natural smile here - it really does make you wonder what she has seen. Okay, it would
be nice if she had been looking at the camera but here, in my opinion, not essential because everything
looks natural and somehow unposed.
As for catchlights, again, not always needed and to add them in very soft lighting like this may well look wrong.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2013 - 9:06 AM

Thanks, Roy. I´m not so sure about ´mastering´ the other types of photography (to be honest my self-confidence in that respect is a bit low at the moment), but I appreciate the compliment, and think I might start liking this portraiture thing. Now what I want to do next is muster the courage somehow to find a 'real' model. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks for your comment!

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