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By ollimar71  
This was my attempt at recreating the lighting in a photograph by Herschell. Shot in RAW, converted to B&W, and contrast enhanced in Photoshop. I'd love to get some critique on it.

Tags: Portrait Eyes Black and white Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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excellent portrait image.ray

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22 Apr 2010 10:09AM
First of all, I think you're a bit too close to the subject (Roger ^-^). His chin is almost bumbing on the lower edge of the picture, and the top of his head is just not there. Zoom out a bit, or take the picture from further away if you want to keep that dof and angle.
I think I know what picture you're talking about ( if I'm not mistaken), in which case the angle of the light is correct, so you've got that. But I find the quality of the light a bit too harsh. You could make it softer either by bouncing it, or by using a softbox if you have one.
About Roger, his skin is a bit shiny here ; that could be corrected pretty much by using a softer light, but also by making sure he keeps his face dry with a towel (to avoid that shiny quality which could be due to sweat) just before the shot. And I also find his expression a bit too neutral, too flat. You could engage him in conversation for example, to get a more natural and deep expression, as that would take his mind off the camera a bit.

Hope that helps ^-^
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
22 Apr 2010 10:13AM
Very nicely lit and presented.

Normally I am not bothered by catchlights or how many there are - but in this one for some reason (in my mind) there seems to be life in one and and not in the other. I also feel that either no cachlight or in both eyes would work.
My opinion only and not a critisism


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