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`Ello , `Ello .

By Mikestu100
Taken in my home studio ( aka the living room ) . I am happy with this unedited image . But could it be improved in any way .

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chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 England
3 Dec 2021 5:36PM
It's nice enough.
I wish you had included the edge of the cushion and I would have considered cloning out the tops of what look like thigh boots.
Blacks could do with lifting a touch.
As long as you and your model are pleased with this, job done.
She has a nice smile.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 England
3 Dec 2021 6:06PM
I did a very quick mod to demonstrate my first comment.
Removed the Magenta cast on the bg.
Lifted the blacks.
Cloned away the tops of the ?boots.
Converted to sRGB

I see you used Portrait Pro, did you do any editing there ?

Please do let us know if we are going in the right direction for you, we do spend some time commenting and offering mods.
You do sometimes give us nothing to go on.
The most important thing is that you are happy with your unedited version, what would you do to it if anything at all. ?
Thank you.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
3 Dec 2021 6:23PM
Same feedback as all the others, and a od as usual. I would also remove the boot tops..

Do you have an image editor other than PortraitPro? This image has come from that programme, and when exposure is corrected, the effect of skin smoothing becomes a little too much.

Can you let us know what other software you have access to, other than this one?


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
3 Dec 2021 9:44PM
Following the comments above, I will add my first, dominant thought - it is NOT unedited. There's a characteristic lack of skin texture and brilliance to the eyes that says that you let Portrait Pro do its thing.

I'm told that PP can be turned down, and it seems, to my mind, to need it. Quite a few years ago, i applied the then-current version to a portrait of a very attractive model. She was stunning, in a rather unconventional way. PP, either in full-on mode or with skin softening only made her ordinary, rather than the drop dead gorgeous that she was in reality. The imperfections, to some extent, are what grounds a portrait, makes it real.

Very full processing is fine if that's what you want, but it has limited appeal - the 'airbrushed look' is not to everyone's taste.
capto Plus
9 6.9k 27 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2021 2:37PM
You have a lovely model and home facilities. Studio work is not something I would dream of advising anyone about, but why nor shoot in raw, it would give so much more scope in processing your shots.
Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once. It's 'allo 'allo.

To the image, at least 50% of photography is putting an interesting subject infront of the camera. Your model is pretty, with a nice figure and she has managed an engaging smile. Either you or she has put some thought into her outfit and it seems to have a (stereotypical at least) French theme. All good so far.

A home studio is private where you can feel comfortable and putter away giving the model direction, footering with lights and camera settings without any feeling of being observed. However I think this model and outfit deserve to have a more interesting backdrop. A real world backdrop. If you really have nothing suitable in your local area then perhaps a few props or a bit of set dressing would have added some more interest to the image.

The exposure and the model look natural and not overly enhanced.

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