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By vegihunter

I want to improve my photography skill, please give me some advise...Thank's...

Tags: Model Olympus Potrait Portraits and people OM-D E-M5



banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4348 Canada
20 Apr 2014 5:21AM
Welcome to EPZ.

This is quite a nice shot. The model is beautiful, and the pose is quite good. Looking at the lens might be better, but it still works.

Overall, its underexposed. You can sometimes be fooled by spot metering, and often have to adjust it, so its probably safer to stay with a matrix/evaluative type of metering until you gain experience with spot. It wasnt really needed here.

Looks like whatever light source you had was above and the the camera left. ISO 800 indicates the light was quite low. Fill flash would have helped a little, but it indicates the flash did not fire, - perhaps as you were in manual mode. Im referring to a burst of fill-in flash, not a full power burst. The high light position has caused some shade on her face, so lift the shadow in post processing, or reflect light towards her face with a large white piece of card.

I have shown, in the modification, what the shot looks like with the exposure increased by +0.67. Scroll up this page, click the modifications tab, and view the mod large.

There is some vignetting (dark corners) that can be caused by the lens, or perhaps you added them, but they are removed in the mod also. That small piece of elbow missing could be slved by moving back if you have the room, or re positioning the model.

But a good try, and you can learn with experience.

Hope this is helpful,


paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2014 8:26AM
Could be very nice. The main problem is both under exposure and lighting in more general terms. The lighting is not balanced and is darkest on her face where it should actually be showing the most detail. Despite the other charms, the face, on this shot, is the prime subject.

You used spot metering. What did you meter off? You must meter off a tone which relates to 18% grey with the same light falling on it as on the subject. Any other tone will require compensation. Spot must be used correctly or it will fail you.

Lighting balance and correct exposure. The latter being an absolute basic.

blakeyguin 15 2 10 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2014 9:32AM
Welcome, and for a first photo its not half bad. Yes a few thing could be better, but having fun and enjoying photography is the most important thing. Try using a reflector next time to put a bit more light on the models lovely face. Good pose, just a small point, I think it could look a bit better if all her elbow was in. Bravo on a great photo have fun and take loads of photos and most important enjoy. I hope some of theses tips help.
20 Apr 2014 10:15AM
Well composed and focused. A touch of fill in flash might bring her face to life a bit more and reduce the shadows on her face. Be careful not to overdo the flash if you try it. Brian
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2000 England
20 Apr 2014 10:18AM
Welcome from me, too.

A lovely model - I hope you will be able to shoot with her again as your skills develop.

This is more or less my specialist area, and I have one or two things to add to the excellent advice above.

First, using natural light indoors is a really good choice for this sort of shot, as it is soft and gentle. However, you do still need to check that it's giving the effect that you want. Here, as Willie and Paul have said, the face needs more light. I reckon that flash woudl tend to destroy the mood of the picture, so I suggest using a reflector to very specifically direct light onto the model's face. You can buy expensive and adjustable reflectors: but I'd suggest using a large sheet of white paper, a white expanded polystyrene tile, or perhaps a sheet of cardboard with aluminium foil glued or taped to it. You will need to play around with angles, watching what it does to the light, and then prop it in position (or ask someone else to hold it: a really good way to employ a husband or boyfriend who comes along as chaperone, by the way!)

Like Willie, I want to see the model's elbow fully in shot - something to remember next time.

You chose the right sort of lens: any studio people shot needs a longer-than-standard lens to get good perspective. There's often a clash with the lack of space, so if you have to use a wider lens, check how things are looking in the viewfinder very carefully. Be particularly careful with limbs sticking out towards the camera, which will get distorted.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2595 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2014 5:57PM
A warm welcome from me too! I've arrived a little bit late, it's all been said. The main issues that I saw immediately were the missing elbow (feet, hands, knees and elbows need to be complete!), and the flat light particularly on the face. If only there was a glint of light catching here eyes...

Can I put in a word in support of the direction of her gaze, please! Convention demands that a pretty girl (and pretty well anyone else) should gaze directly at the camera. That makes the viewer feel that he/she is the most interesting person around, that the model only wants to respond to us. This one is different, it's teasing and the look is independent, not submissive. Combined with that gesture of the fingers her gaze suggests that someone much more interesting has just walked into the room. I like that!

I hope that you will enjoy the site, it's a great place to share and to learn. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and remember that the more you say about your aims and intentions, what you have in mind when you take a shot and the effect that you are trying to create, the better.


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