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Lady In Red

By alanworland
Taken at a local Studio - I was trying to capture a 'relaxed' image!

Tags: General Portraits and people

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Coast 9 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 11:39PM
A nice portrait with good composition. Also good to see thoughtful positioning of the hand side on- so many portraits of this type have the hand flat to camera which is so unattractive for a female portrait.

My only thought here would be the eyes and face are a little flat. Despite there being some catchlights in the eye it would have benefitted from a white card or reflector placed under the camera angled back toward the subject to bounce some extra light into the face. This would of lifted the detail and added a bit of sparkle.

I would also consider bringing the camera angle up a little higher asking your model to maintain her head position but lift the eyes up to look into the lens. From a slightly higher camera position you then create little canoes of white under the pupil which is very flattering for portraits of women. Adds a little sensuality and innocence.

None the less a pleasing portrait of a pretty girl.

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tonyguitar 5 61 36 Canada
27 Mar 2013 2:42AM
I like the rich darker [ Renoir like ] tones in the face. A white card would dilute that quality. I will admit many people do like a brighter portrait though. So two versions are possible. Not a question of superior but rather just different. TG
paulbroad 10 123 1195 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 8:21AM
Nice portrait, but whoever set up the studio lights, brolly flash or softbox I assume, did not think of the eyes. They need to be brighter, the main part of any portrait. The histogram suggests a little under exposure and I've had a go at a mod correcting that and dodging the eyes slightly. So easy to go too far and loose contrast though. Best done with lighting.

I use a flas meter for exposure although a DSLR does the job providing you study the LCD carefully for the initial shot of each set up.

salopian Plus
6 2 25 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 10:35AM
I think you have captured the relaxed mood very well - lovely warm colours and a pretty model combine to give a very pleasing image. I have used Paul' technique to brighten the eyes in similar cicumstances in the past and it does help.
The only jarring note is provided by the fingernails, but that's not the photographer's fault.

27 Mar 2013 9:52PM
Thanks for all your comments. I have this image printed at 20 inches tall and I will say that the eyes came out really well (seem darker on screen)?
A minor brighten I can handle, but too much and the mystery is lost I think.
I hear what you say about lifting the eyes which could improve the look.
I took many images of this girl and its strange how this particular shot didn't jump out at me straight away but has grown on me since!

Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2013 9:13PM
I think this is a beautiful portrait. The two mods I did are just playing around with some basic retouching. I brightened up the lower parts of the eyes keeping the upper parts dark. The catch lights were also brightened to enliven the eyes some more.

28 Mar 2013 10:18PM
Thanks for the compliments. I have a confession to make.
Originally she only had a catch light in her right eye!
I must admit it has really grown on me.
Thanks for your efforts.


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