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By Henshall  
Me and my friend are branching into the world of studio photography, just wondered what everyone thought.....would you be happy to pay for this!? lol

This was a night with our friend Laura, just trying out some different compositions, lighting effects etc etc and some fun props.

Would love to hear what you guys think,

Many Thanks


Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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HectorRivera 13 17 1 United States
11 Jan 2011 4:07PM
Beautiful portrait
saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
11 Jan 2011 4:14PM
Excellent close-up shot and it works so well in black and white,
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
11 Jan 2011 4:52PM
A lot of what Focus-Man says is right but! in my oppinion she would have bought the photo, from when I owned my studio the customers were not interested in the least in the technical quality of your work, they look at their portrait and if it good lighting and they are smiling they buy, I was my own worst enemy when selling, my Wife used to go balistic because I was pointing out the technical faults they had not even noticed, it is a different matter with Professional Commercial Photography this has to be excellent in every way.


Henshall 11 12 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 5:09PM
Focus man,

Thanks for the critique, this site needs people like you!

I dont have much experience in the studio environment, we usually do school balls etc which is alot easier!!

Laura was only lying down to try out different compositions, I agree you dont get to see all of her but we were going for a head shot, she has nice eyes! I agree, shame about the hair falling over her left eye, one of those things you see during editing that just irritates you because you cant fix it!

I also agree that the black laces are a bit bold. That can be fixed.

We did try to be a bit different, and the composition I feel does work, I see what your saying about the left shoulder blow out, but we tried to over expose the back ground because it was just a white backdrop, Ive tried cropping but dont like the composition as much.

As far as skin tone, I will have a play, she could be a little less washed out I agree.

Professional was only ticked because we make a bit of money from event photography, I would whole heartedly admit to being amateur learning the profession in the studio environment, and can quite honestly say that I have learnt lessons already thanks to you. I will get there, but only with people like you.

We will have another go, with your tips in mind.

Keep being firm but fair, some people will not take it well, but people who really care about their photography will take note and take criticism. We all have to learn! Thank you for your time.

Henshall 11 12 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 5:26PM

Thanks for the comment, she was very happy with the photographs, and we have had nothing but good reviews. But I do see where focus man is coming from, and there are a few sloppy technical mistakes. Learnt my lesson, all comes with practice.

Not planning on venturing into the commercial world just yet! agreed, they need to be perfect! these were just a bit of fun, to see what results we could get, hopefully with a bit more concentration on techniques, and like you said keeping them smiling we will have photographs that we could call professional in the near future.

Thank you for you time, much appreciated,

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
11 Jan 2011 7:44PM
This makes quite a nice shot if its flipped as in the mod.

I agree the light is a little hot, and Ive toned this down in the mod using the highlight tool in CS4.

When viewed from this perspective, its a completely different shot, and quite a nice one.

Hope this is helpful,


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2011 9:36PM
Frank is generally correct. I think she would buy it, but it really does look strange lying down - it is much better rotated through 90 degrees. There are a few technical faults, mostly exposure due to incorrect lighting balance.

You give no details on lighting. Flash, brolly, softbox, one head, two, Three? You need a flashmeter if you are serious about studio flash in order to correctly set up lights with the correct intensity and position.

Modern DSLR's are no better than there film counterpart in the studio other than the instant check on image. You must develop the lighting skills. Key light, backlight, hair light, fill, background light - quite a skill in it's own right.

JamesGarfield 12 915 4 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2011 9:17AM
Like the shot, my mod centres a round removing some of the uneven skin tones and laughter lines. i've also dropped the brightness a little.
31 May 2011 6:18PM
wow thats a super shot, really nice
15 Aug 2011 1:02AM
I would buy this picture if she meant something to me

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