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Lighting Up

By TheShaker
Here's one of Katy-Lou from a recent studio shoot. I've cropped it quite tightly and lightened it a lot in processing, I was heading towards a high key B&W but stopped when I got this far as I quite liked the effect. Does it work? I'll load the original as a mod.

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2016 10:05AM
Difficult. For those who keep saying they are shooting in high key, this is an image which would make a good high key with appropriate exposure. The quality is first rate but, and this is purely subjective, it just seems so harsh. Her expression is close to vicious and if my wife looks at me like that, I retreat.

So, depends what you want it for. For me, to harsh for a feminine portrait.

Paul
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18 1.7k 1878 England
11 Feb 2016 10:13PM
For me, this works, as I recognise that expression: not a flattering portrait, certainly, but one that's true to life. A good model is prepared to act many parts...

And yes, there's a good deal of processing in there - not all of it good, to my mind. Brightening is fine, but there's a bit of work on the skin and eyes in a way that shouts 'Photoshop rules!' very loudly. And, possibly more seriously, it softens a harsh, Coronation Street dramatic look. It's fine to go harsh, but don't compromise it with a beauty treatment!

In terms of the original, Katy-Lou is looking away from the light: this would have worked better with a light source over to the left of the camera, I suspect. This would have left far less work to do to get convincing and appropriate tones on the right side of her face, which is very dark. (The lighting would have been fine with a dark background ,and a film noir sort of a look, though.)

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