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I'm a freelance photographer and she's my wife and model.

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-200mm f2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Claudine
Username:jjfabien jjfabien
Uploaded:1 Jan 2011 - 9:06 PM
Tags:Portrait, Portraits / people, Woman
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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2011 - 9:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A decent portrait, but very over lit on the right side of the head and shoulder as viewed, She also looks a bit unhappy - forced into the session?

Assume you had full control of the lighting - the face is well lit, soft box or brolly, but you must drop the intensity of your fill/hair lights to avoid burnout. You need to meter each light in turn with the others shut off - then reduce power as required to balance illumination. It remains wise to use a separate flash meter for set pieces.

paul

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2011 - 9:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hello and a warm welcome to EPZ.

an attractive model lin a pleasant and comfortable pose and good expression. i particularly like the diagonal across the eyes and the sharpness and catchlights within them.

the problem for me is in the cluttered background. i believe it would have been better to have had white or coloured backdrop behind to lose the extanious detail which is too clearly in focus, and the rear lighting (which i suspect is natural light) should have had a little diffusion to reduce its harshness which is blowing the highlights just a little too much for comfort. the rear rim lighting is a lovely effect but often works best with blonde hair unless diffused and controlled.

otherwise a rather nice portrait
Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 1 Jan 2011 - 9:21 PM

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looboss
looboss  83124 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2011 - 9:33 PM

Apart from the things already mentioned, a little more space around the head would of been nice, chopping the top of her head is a def no no!

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jjfabien
jjfabien  4 Mauritius
1 Jan 2011 - 9:54 PM

Thanks for the comments. I used a 43" umbrella with SB 900 as front light and SB 900 alone as back light fired thanks to the commander wireless mode. Indeed, backlight is too hot. I had put flash at 1/32 at about 1 m behind her. She was enjoying the session which she asked to be done because she had her hair done. I had found her expression on this particular shot quite "model attitude".

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2011 - 2:50 PM

I can't say there's too much to criticize here, I think you know what you're doing with the camera and lighting.

The mod is a mono conversion, lightening the skin and darkening the b/g so the model's face has a greater impact within the image. The eye contact is very good so it has the effect of connecting strongly with the viewer.

Alan.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2011 - 8:33 PM

Really nice portrait apart from the blown highlights.


Ive loaded a mod which blurs and darkens the background; adds a little more contrast overall; removes the reflection at the end of her nose.


regards


Willie

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