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By Bigtoe
Any advice would be most welcome. I wonder if it is too washed out and lacks colour, and is it too dark.

This is naturally lit, at ISO 800 so a bit grainy.

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting



LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 7:33PM
Fascinating expression and pose so well worth recording, but as you note, a little dull. I've modified it as best I can with such a small image, but you'll get the idea.
baclark 14 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 7:53PM
Hi Tony, great to see you uploading! The expression and pose of your subject is really interesting, wonder what is going through his mind.....? Lynne's brighter Mod works well I think.
NEWMANP 15 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2011 8:40PM
interesting and unconventional composition, i cant decide about the hand over the mouth and the eyes lacking any contact with the viewer.

i say this because usually i wouldnt like the hand placed there, possibly prefering the hand rotated to a flat plane revealing more of the face however here i rather like the detail in the veins in the arm and hand created by the natural lighting.

rather than lifting the mid tones to brighten, i think it might work if the contrast was increased to make the dark areas even darker and go for a real low key effect. for this an s curve would work best,

one thing im sure of is that this would be a great subject for a mono conversion.

it may not be a winner but it has quite a lot of interest and i think even more could be brought out of the raw file

i did a mono mod and in retrespect, i think with the arm a little extension forwards and lower to reveal the mouth at least and maybe grabbing the shirt may have been stronger

best regards
DRicherby 14 269 726 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 1:56AM
The pose and so on work for me but this is about two stops under-exposed so I'd say that, yes, it lacks colour and is too dark. A simple levels adjustment setting the white point to 128 works wonders and doesn't make things too noisy at this resolution -- I've posted a mod.

You haven't explained the circumstances you took the shot in so it seems to me that the way to get your extra two stops is to go to ISO-1600 and move close enough that you can use a focal length that will let you shoot at f/4. Although ISO-1600 is noisy, my understanding is that you'll get less noise shooting at ISO-1600 than you would shooting at ISO-800 and then doing a levels adjustment equivalent to one stop, though I've not actually verified this by experiment.
Bigtoe 14 7 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2011 10:51AM
Thanks all,

I very much like Dave's mod, I toned mine down because I thought it would work suit the subject better, but seeing it at proper exposure levels works very well. Thanks also Phil, a black and white study works well.

I didn't have any control over the pose, this was a candid shot taken at some distance, some 10 metres, in a gloomy hall.

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