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By Dackj
A friend asked me to do a casual photo for her social media but while she was there I took this head shot.

Tags: Women Girls Portraits and people


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capto Plus
7 6.0k 15 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2019 6:08PM
Such a lovely smile I couldn't resist doing a mod with a few tweaks.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4083 Canada
27 Jul 2019 8:09PM
The pose, eye contact and smile are all good.

Theres a noticeable green colour cast, - looks better removed.

It needs more exposure, - and a tighter crop to place her eyes close to a third can work well.

Mod uploaded.


pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2019 8:30PM
It makes me wonder what her requested "casual" shot looks like, Dack.

This is an excellent portrait shot, with nice catchlights in her eyes, giving them a sparkle, a winning smile and she has a beautiful complexion.
I like the slight sideways slant to her head, that's quite appealing.

If I were going to be picky, I'd get rid of the black line of her "top" in the bottom right corner (Willie's crop deals with that). Also, the earrings are quite large and slightly distracting. OK, so she didn't expect you to be taking a posed picture, so it's forgiveable. She'd make a lovely model for you to practice onSmile, should you want to get interested in portraiture.

27 Jul 2019 10:37PM
Thank you for your comments, as usual the mods have improvements I either didn’t think of or lacked the skills (for now).
I appreciate the time you put into helping me to develope a better “eye”.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2142 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 8:24AM
I'm a bit late here but I wanted to add a modification. This is a delightful portrait, though I would describe it as quite formal rather than casual. There's a sense of a very composed, self-confident, open individual.

Various points in no particular order: The crop at the top, as in Willie's mod and mine, works because it places the eyes around 1/3 down from the top of the frame. That puts them on a level with the viewer's eyes, so it makes for a feeling of direct communication.

Secondly, this is a bit underexposed, and you can see that if you look at the histogram because it's very much bunched towards the left. Are you aware of the histogram? You should be able to call it up for the image on your camera and in your software. It's a graph that shows the distribution of tones from black on the left to white on the right. The graph looks like the cross section of a mountain peak or range, and if the curve drops down to the baseline well short of the right hand side it means that there are no white or really light tones. An image needs those, to give life and vitality as well as a 3-dimensional feel.

I made a Levels adjustment, moving the right hand slider in, which boosts those lighter tones.

The triangle of neckline bottom right doesn't bother me, in fact I think it works rather well because it adds weight lower in the frame and balances the dark hair top / left.

Finally, this seemed to me a good subject for a gentle sepia tinted mono conversion. This was worked in Nik Silver Efex. I also did a bit of very gentle dodging (highlights) and burning (shadows) on the eyes, to give sparkle.

Just suggestions, but I like the result.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2142 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 8:44AM
The modification looks darker here than on my hard drive so I've added a slightly lighter version for comparison.
Robert51 11 7 93 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2019 8:56AM
Great shot.
I feel social media is a place you share with friends so I like the image to be up close and personnel. So this is the crop I went with in the mod. It brings out all the beauty but still keeps it personnel touch.
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1572 England
28 Jul 2019 9:31AM
I'm late, and don't have a lot to add.

Very low light and AWB - I wonder what the light source was?

Really nice - I will only add that when there's enough light, stopping down a little is a good thing to do, to allow a magrin for error with focus.Handheld, the natural sway of the bodies (both model and tog) can throw focus off in the moment between achieving focus and the shutter opening.
29 Jul 2019 4:42AM
Even more good advise, the picture was taken indoors with only filtered window light so I bounced a couple of LED work lights I had off the wall/ceiling.
I need to learn how to adjust the curves. Im using Cannons DP4 to make basic adjustments to the raw file then doing any retouching with the converted JPG in PhotoScape.
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1572 England
29 Jul 2019 6:01AM
I feel that a lot of people get obsessed with Curves, when using Levels is so much simpler to do, and gives sufficient control for most needs...

Using one piece of software to do the RAW conversion and all the other work can make things simpler - Elements would be my choice for its combination of value (outright purchase under 100) and simplicity of use, even in the Expert mode.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2019 9:38PM
This is rather pleasant and easily brightened a touch as needed. It follows the classic head and shoulders portrait position .tilt eyes, smile, eyes parallel to camera for resolution and head at 3/4 turn.

Everyone tells you o use RAW, and I understand why, but a great many fall foul of RAW processing which can take some learning and easily be got wrong. If I fell the need to shoot RAW I use RAW + best JPG. That way you have a good JPG to work to - and your RAW conversion should be as good o better than that.

I find there is usually little difference for most subjects.


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