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Portrait

By IshanPathak  
Quite happy with this. Didnt use the Background Defocus this time. Used the M mode, with full zoom and i must say DOF looks ok.

V2 is the color version, just for comparison. ( I think the background of V2 is bit more distracting than V1 )

Any CC gladly taken Smile

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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iancrowson Plus
9 213 146 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2015 1:02PM
An interesting and attractive portrait.
My main thought is that here eyes are too shaded, they needed a little more light to bring life into the image.
I've done a mod where I've lightened the shadows using photoshop. This could be done with various software.
Still not too good, turn the face towards light or use a reflector or white card to get some light into eyes.

regards
Ian

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
29 Jan 2015 1:57PM
This is very good Ishan. The less of that software trickery you use the better!

Her face is a little underexposed because of the influence of that bright background, so a little brighter, and use shadow/highlight tool in CS6, and lighten contrast to get more detail. I imagine you could have forced the flash on, but not sure with that camera. If its capable, try it, as it might just brighten a shaded face up a little.

The pose and framing are nice.

Try a square crop as in the mod.



Regards


Willie
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
29 Jan 2015 2:24PM
Thank you for your comment and mod Ian

Actually there was no proper light. Weather was cloudy and it was taken in the open.

Your mod looks great Smile

Willie: Thank you for your comment and mod.

Quote:
. I imagine you could have forced the flash on, but not sure with that camera. If its capable, try it, as it might just brighten a shaded face up a little.



Your mod is perfect but its strange. It looks a bit too sharp. Is it my monitor?

Ishan



I didn't consider flash. Infact i don't like using flash. The image becomes unnaturally dark and shadowy.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2015 5:47PM
This is good, Ishan. But take careful note of Willie's mod because it's even better. It concentrates attention on her eyes and makes strong use of the tilt in her head and shoulders.

A little bit of fill flash would help in such circumstances, but keep it diffused. A wee bit of added contrast plus dodging and burning on the eyes will do the job though. Just remember that you do need to adjust the light after conversion to b&w. Look on the conversion as a new image, because that's what it is; consider from scratch what needs to be done.

I'm enjoying your portraits.
Moira
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2015 7:13PM
The pose and framing are good. The eyes are a touch dark and could easily be lifted with the dodge took. They are slightly soft because your plane of focus is further back on her head. The hair at the back of her head at each side is very sharp.

Are you focusing manually or on auto. It is often better to use manual focus or, if your kebs allows it, a final manual tweak to autofocus.

Paul
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
30 Jan 2015 4:09AM
Thank you for your comments Paul and Moira Smile

Moira:

Quote:
A little bit of fill flash would help in such circumstances, but keep it diffused.



"diffused" do you mean cover the flash with a tissue or something?


Quote: Just remember that you do need to adjust the light after conversion to b&w. Look on the conversion as a new image, because that's what it is; consider from scratch what needs to be done.


Agreed, will surely take care from next time.

Paul:

Auto but i will start using manual from now.

Quote:
if your kebs allows it, a final manual tweak to autofocus.



I didn't get this Sad

Ishan
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2015 9:08AM
Yes, sorry, my tablet keeps changing my spelling. Kebs is lens. Figure that one out!

Paul
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
30 Jan 2015 10:32AM

Quote: a final manual tweak to autofocus.


can a lens do that?
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
30 Jan 2015 4:59PM
I used a little sharpening Ishan, but on the eyes and hair only. The hair on camera right is a touch to sharp, it seems the area of sharpness in the shot is just a little behind the eyes.

You lens may not be able to manual focus easily, but there may be a manual focus mode you can enable?


Regards


Willie
dudler Plus
16 978 1536 England
30 Jan 2015 5:00PM
Ishan, my main thought is the same as Paul's - you need focus on the eyes in a portrait, and it's slipped back to the model's ears!

It's so easy for this to happen... Either of you can sway slightly on your feet (happens all the time - it's how we avoid falling over!), or you can let the AF do its thing and not realise which area it's using...

Light in the eyes is also a good thing: it can be a particular problem with medium dark complexions, as there's an area under the eyes that can go darker than the rest of the complexion - professional models often compensate with makeup, but it's not practical in real life!
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
31 Jan 2015 4:00AM
Willie: I checked and remembered that i have tried the Manual focus once. Its very confusing. It says to move the dial to change focus, and when i do it sorts of zooms in and everything goes blur. Meant to ask you all about it, but always forgot.Blush

John: Thank you for your comment Smile

So basically im on the guess work while using AF that it may get the eyes right? How can i get light in the eyes 'before' shooting?

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