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By jjfabien  
I'm a freelance photographer and she's my wife and model.

Tags: Portrait Woman Portraits and people

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paulbroad Plus
10 123 1216 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2011 9:15PM
A decent portrait, but very over lit on the right side of the head and shoulder as viewed, She also looks a bit unhappy - forced into the session?

Assume you had full control of the lighting - the face is well lit, soft box or brolly, but you must drop the intensity of your fill/hair lights to avoid burnout. You need to meter each light in turn with the others shut off - then reduce power as required to balance illumination. It remains wise to use a separate flash meter for set pieces.


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9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2011 9:19PM
hello and a warm welcome to EPZ.

an attractive model lin a pleasant and comfortable pose and good expression. i particularly like the diagonal across the eyes and the sharpness and catchlights within them.

the problem for me is in the cluttered background. i believe it would have been better to have had white or coloured backdrop behind to lose the extanious detail which is too clearly in focus, and the rear lighting (which i suspect is natural light) should have had a little diffusion to reduce its harshness which is blowing the highlights just a little too much for comfort. the rear rim lighting is a lovely effect but often works best with blonde hair unless diffused and controlled.

otherwise a rather nice portrait
looboss Plus
11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2011 9:33PM
Apart from the things already mentioned, a little more space around the head would of been nice, chopping the top of her head is a def no no!
Thanks for the comments. I used a 43" umbrella with SB 900 as front light and SB 900 alone as back light fired thanks to the commander wireless mode. Indeed, backlight is too hot. I had put flash at 1/32 at about 1 m behind her. She was enjoying the session which she asked to be done because she had her hair done. I had found her expression on this particular shot quite "model attitude".
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 2:50PM
I can't say there's too much to criticize here, I think you know what you're doing with the camera and lighting.

The mod is a mono conversion, lightening the skin and darkening the b/g so the model's face has a greater impact within the image. The eye contact is very good so it has the effect of connecting strongly with the viewer.

banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3807 Canada
2 Jan 2011 8:33PM
Really nice portrait apart from the blown highlights.

Ive loaded a mod which blurs and darkens the background; adds a little more contrast overall; removes the reflection at the end of her nose.



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