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Bonita - Tattoo Artist

By Christographer_Hull
Taken as part as a series in a local tattoo parlour. Lit by a single Canon 430 EX on the right at 1/8th power, diffused by a Rouge Flashbender.

Asked for critique as I think it could be edited more effectively. What would you do with this?

Tags: General Artist Tattoo Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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iancrowson Plus
10 215 168 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 10:16AM
Interesting subject which could be developed in a really good theme.
The angle is odd. The tattoos on the arm are out of focus. You need a smaller aperture to increase the depth of field (front to back area in full focus).
Probably extra lighting would be needed as shutter speed could not be reduced. I image tattoo studies will have lamps.
I have done a mod (click on modifications above) showing a different angle and a crop. I also lightened the shadows a little to bring the other eye out of shadow.
These are my views, see what others thinks,
Thanks Ian, I like your modification, especially the lightened shadows.

I wanted to keep the tattoo artist as the focus of the image, that's why i used such a shallow depth of field but I understand your point about wanting the tattoos in focus. They had one lamp but it was pretty weak, shooting with just that light gave me an exposure of 1/60th @ f2.8, ISO 1600 which for left me with a fair bit of camera shake so i decided to use flash so i could control that and the noise levels.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4176 Canada
18 Jun 2013 2:31PM
Hi Christopher.

This is a very good shot. The detail in Bonitas eye is excellent. Like Ian, I had thought about rotating the shot, but hes already done it.

I looked at your previous shot, and when I did, although the title makes it obvious, its more apparent that this is not about the tattoo, but about the artist. So, given that, an out of focus tattoo works. The reverse can work too, an out of focus artist (still identifiable) with an in focus tattoo.

I think her face may benefit with less exposure, Its not overexposed, but very bright. There are areas, especially her nose, where a distinct magenta tone is visible. Its not a colour balance issue all over, but looks like mixed light has caused some variations in skin tone.

So from me, a slight rotation and closer crop to an 8 X 10 format; altered the obvious magenta toned areas; and warmed a little, using the wire behind as a guide. Slightly softened her skin, - just a little.

A nice shot overall.


paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2013 9:14AM
For me, you need the tool in shot, or at least part of it. Without the title I would have no idea what was going on and I think you need that indication.


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