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By abel  
Cameron was standing in front of a window with a drawn curtain across half of it for the background, but some back/side lighting coming from the other half (to our right). Flash used to light his face, turned down a stop or so. Exposure was 1/60sec @ f1.8 - ISO 200.

Oh, I think I need to say what I did to it. In CS2, I cloned C's skin a touch (bags under eyes, especially), then duplicated the layer, screened it, duplicated again and this time set the layer to soft light at 75%. Then I increased the saturation +10, and altered the colour balance +10,0,-15 to adjust a color cast that had crept in, I think from the window. Lastly, some USM ...

Many thanks for any thoughts ...

Tags: General Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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peely 14 13 England
26 Dec 2009 7:05PM
Very nice work Cameron,i think your DOF is just right. For me the right hand side of his face is a little to hot, also the specular highlights on his nose could do with reducing.Having said all that i also like the composition and the natural looking pose, well done

abel 17 518 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2009 7:21PM
Thanks for that, Mark ... I love shooting wide open, so I'm also a fan of the shallow DOF. I still have detail on the RHS in the original, I suspect, the screen and soft light layers blew it out. Noted re the nose highlight.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2009 2:42PM
While you were doing all that in CS2, you ought to have darkened the right hand side rather a lot. One of the problems with viewing images compressed to this size is that most of your work will hardly show, but you really should have set your exposure for that right ear, then used the flash to fill in the face.

I would also prefer a closer viewpoint - fill the frame more with the face which would also get rid of much of the very bright white background.

Having said all that, the pose and basic portrait is very good and studio quality.

abel 17 518 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2010 5:32PM
A belated thank you for your thoughts, Paul ... strangely, I did have a closer view in which the detail was retained in the ear ... :O)

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