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Zara single light

By miked70
Single light studio shot

Tags: Close-up and macro Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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11 Aug 2009 11:38AM
you have made good use of one light in this image. i have seen your portfolio and i must say you are a great portrait photographer. but the light here is very much harsh. the skin tone particularly below the eye of the girl has lost detail. you could have used a soft light for this shot like the previous one you have made(zara-studio). soft light is better for portrait photography even in case of use of only one light. the position of the hand could have been better exploited if you have not cut it at the left side of the image forming a triangle. although you have done a good job here.

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NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 10:33PM
i like the approach to the subject that you have taken.
You have chosen an attractive model, the use of the frontal light and the composition arranged to place emphasis on a single sharp eye works pretty well and the black background is good.

so why isnt it pressing all the buttons for me?

compositionally i would have preferred the head to have been slightly tilting back to give a little angular dynamic. also the head turned very slightly towards the viewer, not so much as to ruin the half side lighting effect but to gain that little bit more of an eye contact. the eye work is in fact very nice, The eye in the dark shadow side would be better if it was cloned away.

Placing the head slightly at an angle as above would have given more space to include at least the inside of the elbow to form the magic triangle that would have made the composition complete.

the lighting is working well from the angle that has been selected but is a little harsh for a ladies complextion and a soft box or diffuser would have given a softer more dreamy light and texture to the skin. there is also a little overexposure of the skin tones.

its nearly there and i sort of like it but its not up there with your best in my opinion. hope you dont mind the comments,
best regards.

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