Back Modifications (6)
Views 67 Unique 38 Award Shortlist   

Depression 2

By Lakkou  
I tried to avoid mistake I did last time, I fixed the ISO to 100 and shutter to 1/100 (I got the lesson Moira Smile ) it gave the effect I tried to make last time, more face details and smooth lighting from the down side to make some shadow around the eyes to stress the mood of depression.

Did I manage well to convey the emotion?

Tags: Depression Black and white Portraits and people Humour and fun

'Portrait Photography' Competition - Win A Samyang 85mm F/1.4 FE II Lens!


banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4314 Canada
19 Dec 2017 7:19PM
Much better than before.

Personally I would put more black space below, in the direction the eyes are looking; looking into emptiness. But the emotion is there certainly.


Lakkou 4 Tunisia
19 Dec 2017 7:38PM
Thank you Willie
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2263 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2017 7:48PM
Much better, Akram.
It is awkward for me to look at for too long because I have suffered from depression, and I can therefore say with conviction that it is successful in conveying that emotion.

I agree with Willie about the added space, otherwise it's just a face (I'm a poet!), and the viewer should feel a sense of mystery, which that extra space can provide.

The half-shut eyes are good because you don't want to communicate with the world when in this state of mind, and introspection is suggested here. The eyes set the mood, and having them looking down creates a sombre atmosphere.

There are some shiny bits either side of the face. Are they earrings? I think the image might look better without them.

This is a challenging photographic project, using just the face. I can imagine all sorts of bodily stances what would suggest depression, like a head in hands, a seated body bent over a table perhaps with a dear-John letter in hand, and the like, but only having the face gives you very little to work with.

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2017 8:11PM
Very much better technically and the emotion could actually be several. It does work but I don,t find it pleasant viewing so it becomes a specific image to fit a theme rather than general appeal.

dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 824 England
19 Dec 2017 8:23PM
Yes, much better.
Strong praise from Pamela, so I guess you've achieved your aim.

So, my mod adds the space suggested. I also removed thos bright spots which increasingly annoyed me. It's all about the face and the emotion there, so we don't want any distractions.
I also made a small Levels adjustment or a fuller tonal range, and then it looked a little lighter so I added a Curves adjustment to darken it down to (around) the level of your original but retain the larger tonal range (though looking at the two versions here there's really not a lot in it!).
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
19 Dec 2017 8:35PM
My mod crops and subdues the highlight on the nose.

The highlight is purely distracting: the crop is about marginalising. I've been there, too: a disease of the will, one consultant said.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2536 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2017 10:09PM
Much, much better.

Tone down the highlight on the nose, get rid of those white dots - they probably aren't nearly so noticeable in the original file, resizing for uploading really exaggerates such imperfections. After that, it's down to all the possible variations in framing and placement. I'm seeing the self at the bottom of the well of loneliness.

Lakkou 4 Tunisia
20 Dec 2017 7:35AM
Hi All,

Thank you very much for your comments, I really appreciated your efforts and when I see the difference between first versions and the last versions of my shoots (coffee time, depression) I realize how beneficial your remarks and advice are.

Pamela you have guessed the different aspects that I tried to control, if you added the direction of the light to shade the eyes I would have said that you were present with us during the shooting session Smile

The earrings are very bright I didn't know how to remove them in post processing but when seeing keith's mod I understood that I can hide them with spot removal tool.

The highlight in the noise is the mistake I repeated twice Sad I should take care of this aspect in my future photo.

I added a mod where I removed the crop I did, I removed the earrings and decreased the highlight on the nose .

Thank you all for your effort to correct me.

Kinds regards


dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
20 Dec 2017 9:35AM
Two thoughts - m yapproach to spot removal is often to use the Clone tool - for the work on the nose, I reduced the opacity, so that it darkened, but didn't turn the highlight black. For the earring and the white spots, I set opacity at 100%. There are often different ways to achieve the same thing.

Avoiding an excessively bright highlight in the first place depends on how you were lighting the picture - - either a continuous light source or studio flash units with modelling lights will give you a pretty good idea of what's going to show in the picture. If you use speedlights, you won't have theis preview, and need to examine shots carefully at the start of each sequence of pictures. The settings you used (low ISO, moderate aperture, lowish shutter speed) suggest that flash was involved in this shot, but I could be wrong...

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.