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Female Portrait / Headshot

By Bluebiriyani
Another attempt at headshot with the same subject.

Lighting setup:

Octagon softbox as keylight
Umbrella light on opposite side as fill
another small soft box light very low and pointing up, objective to take away shadow under chin (could have used reflector i know)

Light from above as a hair light.

Shot on a tripod

Made sure I engaged with model, and once I had framed what I wanted, took a step away from camera so my head was visible, and began some general banter, and got a few different looks.

Post processing:
Slight change to levels and contrast, dodge and burn of eyes. Cropped to put eyes on a third.

I think...(i repeat) THINK, this is a fairly competent portait/headshot, and I can immediatley see an improvement by taking on board the fantastic critique I get from here. As always would be really keen to hear what you would do on this to improve.

My objective was to produce a very clean, clinical portrait, that engages the viewer.

Thanks for your C&C in advance.

Tags: Woman Headshot Portraits and people

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paulbroad 9 123 1161 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 7:45PM
And you have done that. Technically excellent although there may be discussion on the background being too clinical. I would prefer some tone. She doesn't look too happy still. I see you have tried the chatty approach but she still looks rather apprehensive to me. A nice smile would lift this a great deal.


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10 Aug 2012 8:57AM
Thanks Paul, I appreciate the background is not to everyone's liking, and I too like tone, but my objective on this one was to go for a very simple clean and clinical look.

I also hear you on the smile, she is very self concious about her smile, and we tried a variety of things, but we agreed we didnt want a big beaming smile, and settled for a just a small tilt of of the mouth.

But I do agree, and will continue to work on my model engagement aswell.

For some reason the pic that is uploaded doesnt see to look as good when I see it photoshop or lightroom, not quite sure why that is.

Thanks again for your comments.
banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3685 Canada
11 Aug 2012 6:01AM
What browser are you using Az?

11 Aug 2012 7:37AM
Chrome, and checked in IE, just seems a tad 'graineyer' than when i view it in previous mentioned programs.
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 5:17PM
Looks like a pretty good shot to me - you've achieved what you set out to. Minor tweaks for individual models ( like the hair here), but the eyes engage very well.
One minor thing, the hair light won't do much if you don't include it in shot! A reflector would indeed do well held just out of shot below, and reduce the need for too many lights. Less is often more and it's easy to over complicate lighting. After a point, they start to duplicate effect and add light where you don't want it, so control becomes more difficult.

Maybe time to file the notes and try another set up, perhaps? Wink

banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3685 Canada
11 Aug 2012 8:43PM
Az, neither Chrome or IE support colour management, - so you need to use either Firefox or Safari 5 to eliminate the issue you have.

Try it and see the difference.


banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3685 Canada
11 Aug 2012 9:28PM
Practicing using an iMac Az, so uploaded a mod using Aperture.

13 Aug 2012 8:35AM
Thanks, Nick, Thanks Willie. Appreciated.
JackAllTog Plus
8 4.7k 58 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 9:12AM
Lovely shot, super portfolio. Keep up the good work.

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