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By burd  
After 6 years of not owning a camera. I missed it to much, so i bought a nikon z50. And this is my first try.

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2346 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2021 6:23PM
Welcome back to photography and welcome to the Critique gallery! I hope you will find it useful.

I guess you know what happens here, by ticking the critique box you waive the chance of vote and awards but invite more in-depth comments.

This is, I sense, a very personal, intimate portrait, it shines with trust which is an essential bond between sitter and photographer. It's nicely focused on the eyes, F/5.3 blurs out the background well. 1/60 second is fine for an adult who is posing, I avoid going slower than that if I can help it.

A few thoughts, because others will be along soon. Don't resize the image for uploading here, the site will do that. And can you tell us please how this was lit, and how you converted to b&w? Assuming that you have an original colour file it would help to upload that as a modification for our reference - click on the blue Modifications button, then on Upload modification.

The light was obviously very low - ISO 8000 is, I think, higher than I have ever ventured! The image quality is impressive, but could obviously be better in better light.

By ticking for critique you also allow other members to download the image for modification. Also under that blue Modifications you'll find a modification that I have just added. Here's what I did, and it's just suggestions:

Toned down the highlight on the forehead using the paintbrush tool; made a Levels adjustment moving the righthand slider inwards, to improve tonal range; cropped to place the eyes 1/3 down in a tighter frame - that's on the viewer's eye-level, it makes for more direct communication (and the crop also gets rid of an annoying light blob at the top of the frame); added a gentle dark vignette, and a frame, to give the sense of a private, enclosed place.

Going back to that Levels adjustment, are you familiar with the histogram and do you refer to it? The graph is very heavily weighted towards the left here, towards blacks, with no real white, and b&w needs white to lift it, to give vitality.

See what you think. The more you join in the conversation, the more we can help you get back into photography. I hope we shall see more from you now that you have returned!

dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1778 England
10 Jan 2021 6:51PM
Hello, Bart - and welcome back to photography!

I see from your page that you used to be a full-time sports photographer: that may well explain your willingness to go to 8000 ISO - though with modern cameras, that's really not a big problem in any case.

Like Moira, I'm interested in the light source and the processing - at a guess, the former will be artificial room lighting, possibly from overhead. I wonder if the processing used any in-camera facilities or modes?

Please get back to us with more information, and we will help as much as we can, where you want.
burd 16 111 Netherlands
10 Jan 2021 6:55PM
Hi all,

Iso 8000 is really to high. But i am Impressed by the result. Indeed its Just a simpele overhead kitchen Light. And didt some simpele lightroom editing. Sharpening end Light adjustments.

Loved ephotozine back In the days.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4202 Canada
10 Jan 2021 7:10PM
A nice shot, - excellent high ISO performance.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 738 England
10 Jan 2021 10:42PM
That is good high ISO performance.
The image is just so slightly soft, and while good high ISO performace can result in some softening I think here the largest contribution is the relatively slow shutter speed. With the subject filling the frame any movemwent by yourself or the subject is going to show muchnmore easily, just enought to take the edge off sharpness. So for safety I'dprefer to be using 1/125 here.
chase Plus
15 2.0k 517 England
11 Jan 2021 11:18AM
Well done at such a high ISO, no noise really visible but perhaps you have compromised sharpness/detail a little.
I did a mod,
Cropped off the bright bit at the top,
Darkened the edges a touch
Added a little sharpening generally
Converted to sRGB

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