I always find that even when doing test shots, it is a good idea to have a final 'product' in mind. For this session we were trying to create a picture that would work on the front of a magazine. Here is a mock up of what we feel it would be used for.
This magazine will never see the bookstalls. But at least it gave us something to aim our efforts at. I would suggest that you have an aim in mind when you take your own 'Test' shots.
As often happens in magazines, much of the photographer's work is lost behind text, but you will see here that suddenly the picture looks 'real' when you start to put a mock magazine together.
If you look back to the original picture and then to the magazine, you will now see why certain areas were left with hardly any picture detail. This was to allow the designer of the cover to put in the usual banner hearing and a list of 'Taster' text to tell you what is in the magazine.
You may also notice that suddenly the girl is wearing a gold broach, and not the original silver one. A bit of digital magic there to make the image link in with the text. Also note that some of the text picks up the colour of the background and the eye make-up. The hat pin at the top of the picture has gone as well. Artistic license I think it's called. It had to go because it was in the way of the headline.
So just remember that there is nothing difficult in this picture. YOU could have done this. Just
two lights, two reflectors, and an idea. That's all it takes.