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mickp 13 9 7 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2009 3:54PM
Nice catchlights in the eyes. Perhaps cropped too tightly at the top, I would have liked to see a little more of her hair. Just my opinion though. Otherwise a cracking shot of a pretty young lady.


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User_Removed 13 398 6 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2009 4:04PM
Crop works for me Martin - lovely capture
Hanners 14 875 10 Ireland
8 Dec 2009 7:11PM
the crop works for me too as it makes for a great frame filler Smile
accipiter 10 61 England
8 Dec 2009 8:11PM
Great portrait. A
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
8 Dec 2009 10:33PM
Beautiful little girl captured well...........Sandy
Scaramanga 12 60 6 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2009 3:57PM
Really like it, she has wonderful eyes.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
9 Dec 2009 8:16PM
The crop works superbly for me. It fills the frame. I love the direct almost questioning look.
I like the catchlights - is it one softbox, or ambient from one window.
Don't see evidence of flash/strobe. Just wondering as I'm learning portraiture right now. Did you use a reflector at all?
Anyway, it's inspiring to me.
stix 15 924 87 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2009 1:10PM
Thanks Guys.
@ WEfi. I used one soft-box the reflection of which you can see in the eyes. From that reflection you can see I had the light to one side at about eye level. I didn't use a reflector, but you could argue this shot needed one to get more light to the right hand side.
This shot is probably a little unbalanced with the light source very obviously coming from the left. The trick is to get as much texture and depth without under lighting the subject. As well as a reflector I could have used another fill light, you just have to be careful not to over light and make the subject look 2 dimensional. With a small child its probably best to err on the side of over lighting ( I don't mean over exposing) if you're not sure as mum and dad won't notice.
Best way to learn is to take lots of pictures and keep experimenting with different light positions. If you want to post one I would be happy to look at it for you.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
12 Dec 2009 3:34PM
Thanks so much for your reply. Thanks for your offer to help with a future shot. I'll get back to you on that. For now, most of "good" shots are done with ambient light, and I especially like street shots. But the strobe kit is set up in my "studio" (guest bedroom), and it's just a matter of getting someone in the house to volunteer! Smile
HowardA 12 231
13 Jan 2010 4:00PM
Great colours. Punchy lighting and the catchlights really help her face jump off the page.

Happy New Year.

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