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Headshots and approachability

By duanefurlongstudios      
Looking to see if you guys like the look, does He look approachable and secondly color

Tags: Headshots Portraits and people

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sawsengee Plus
14 6 36 Malaysia
15 Apr 2019 7:27AM
nicely light portrait.....he looks friendly but with certain reservations. Smile
15 Apr 2019 7:47AM
He looks a kindly and friendly sort of chap, very much at ease with himself, but he has a serious and thoughtful side.
I know nothing about studio lighting, but I very much like the way reflected light is thrown onto the shadowed side of his face to give some modelling... very effective.
Nicely lit portrait. Well done GrinGrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2281 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2019 12:10PM
Hi again, welcome back to the Critique Gallery.

As with your previous upload we are not seeing Exif. Please, we need to know this information, so will you add it as a note here? This was mentioned as a problem with your previous upload, so please don't use save for web for the Critique Gallery.

Aside from the techie stuff that we are not seeing - this is better in a number of ways than the previous upload, but I would regard it as a preliminary essay. I have spent quite a while looking at it - you ask Does he look approachable?, and it's maybe the first requirement of a portrait. A sense of communication.

Studio lighting isn't my thing, photographing people is. I see this as an early shot while setting up. There's goodwill and high hopes on both sides, but you and he are still trying to work each other out. You know what you want, you haven't quite communicated that to him yet.

How do you interact with models? Do you engage in conversation or do you direct them? I see the latter. It's better to try to get a two-way exchange going, interaction, communication - that will give the approachability factor.

If he's not yet entirely comfortable that could be partly the lighting - his eyes are in partial shadow but they are also not fully open, as though he is uncomfortable looking into your lighting set-up. Working with natural light I find a reflector very useful, and I think you used one - but that does need some care with placement. At a discreet distance it will cast gentle light onto the eyes, but put it too close and it becomes a distraction, too far away and the inverse square law applies just as with the actual lights.

You also ask about colour, this looks to have rather a lot of magenta for my taste.

So - over to you, we do need that Exif!
iancrowson Plus
10 215 168 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2019 12:56PM
I like it. Lighting looks good although I'm slightly curious about where the patch of light between his left ear and cheek came from. Maybe a reflector? I'm not totally sure I like this brighter area on what is the mainly shadowed side of his face.
Colour looks good on my screen.
I see you are a headshot photographer so the composition is probably as intended, slightly passport style. Did the model like the image? That is the real test in my book.
My overall assessment - competent but not exciting.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4172 Canada
15 Apr 2019 1:19PM
Lighting is decent.

His skin tone has quite a magenta cast, so I would correct that.

As a male portrait, I would suggest a sharper, more detailed appearance using a smaller aperture.

I have tweaked the mod to apply these suggestions, and cropped.


dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1721 England
15 Apr 2019 11:12PM
The light is lovely, but I'm not sure approachable is the word I'd think of first... Maybe smug?

He's narrowed his eyes quite a lot, in a rather appraising way. You've shot dead centre frontal, which is a confrontational approach: a sideways look and a more relaxed pose, less obviously set up, would be more natural, I think. But I wonder whether there's a bit of a cultural thing here: what seems very upfront and a bit brash in Britain may be quiet and understated in Arizona. It's not just a common language that divides us on opposite sides of the Pond, but a good few cultural norms.

As Willie says, the colour is very magenta tinged. The EXIF matters for this, as does the light source. More info could be helpful to us in helping you.

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