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Street Portraiture

By ladigit
This was taken during a 1hr Quick Shot event. I asked the girl would she mind me taking her photo - I loved her eye makeup and she was happy to pose for a quick shot!

I wish there was more space above her head, but other than that I think I'm pretty happy for a natural light shot. I'd love to know how I could have improved this, in terms of angles/light/posing etc.

Appreciate your feedback and input - I'd love to be better at this.

Tracy

Tags: Portraits and people Street photography

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2165 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 1:22PM
I love her make-up too! That's style.

I also like the fact that you struck up an instant rapport with a stranger - there's something very relaxed and open about this.

Your Exif isn't showing up - details of camera settings - and it is quite important in the Critique Gallery. Could you add it please, as an addition to your description or by going into the Exif tab that appears when you click on Edit photo. The data will probably have been stripped from the file when you saved it for uploading.

I would also be interested to know the time of day.The sunlight was strong, not easy to work with and also strong light doesn't usually work well with shimmery make-up. You did very well here! She did well for you too - she's looking into the light but not screwing up her eyes as could easily happen.

I would like to try to even out the light a little - darken highlights, reduce brightness, boost midtones, see what that does. Nothing extreme. I love the way the background disappears into inky blue shadows.

I also like the way you have placed her off-centre, with the shoulders turning into the frame. I would like to see a few more pixels at the bottom of the frame, and a tighter crop at the sides.

Only minor changes. I'll try a quick Modification before the Tour de France takes my attention away from the site.
Moira

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2165 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 1:39PM
Mod uploaded - I added 30 pixels canvas space at the bottom, I think the neck looks more graceful like that. Then I cropped tighter at the sides. I darkened highlights, reduced brightness, by just a few % each, then painted over some shiny skin at low opacity just to give a more even effect. Purely cosmetic changes, I think they help -see what you think.
Moira
Hi Tracy,
What a wonderful image of this girl.Smile You have got great eye contact with the subject and a lovely natural smile.
The background is not too distracting and well out of focus.
How could you improve the image? Apart from a bit more space above her heard, two points that would improve the image IMHO.
1. A crop to the left of the image would remove the distracting highlight at the top and would also improve the composition, moving the girl more to the left and having all the negative space on the right.
2. The hard shadow made by her nose, is also distracting. This could be corrected by using a reflector to "fill in" and soften the shadow, or you could take a couple of steps to the right so that the sun is lighting your subject more evenly, and then getting the girl to look at you.
I hope this helps,
Tim
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
9 Jul 2014 3:17PM
Need the exif info Tracy to assess the shot properly.


Regards


Willie
ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
9 Jul 2014 4:10PM
Thank you all for your comments and feedback so far - I don't know why the exif is missing but I'll add it tonight - I have the original file at home on a hard drive. Tracy
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
9 Jul 2014 4:26PM
I will check back later Tracy.

Time of day, use of flash are important things to know first.

A 28mm lens is far from ideal for a portrait, so to get better portraits, shoot at 85mm - around 100mm. Though the 28mm shot can look fine, its only when you compare side by side with a longer lens that you will see significant differences.

Did you use lens correction in the processing of the shot, - either in-camera or with Photoshop?


Willie
ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
9 Jul 2014 4:36PM
Hi Willie,

No flash was used and it was taken at approx 1.30pm in the day. No lens correction done in post processing at all - the only processing really was some cloning out of stray hairs that were distracting and maybe some small levels/curves changes in photoshop.

I'm curious myself now to know the exif, I'm surprised that it was stripped as usually it isn't.

Thanks,
Tracy
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1598 England
9 Jul 2014 4:58PM
Hi, again, Tracy!

While I prize and value 85mm lenses above all others, there's nothing wrong with using a contrasting, in-your-face technique with a wideangle lens. This works brilliantly.

I'd either clone out the stray background highlights here, or burn them in heavily. Mod coming.

You've taken a very direct approach to the skin: not many people are comfortable being photographed in such unforgiving, harsh light. I'd be inclined to do a tiny bit of work - using the clone tool on around 30% opacity - to smooth out one or two areas. But I pay great respect to you and the model for going in so hard: bravery has paid off with a really striking shot!
ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
9 Jul 2014 5:15PM
I'm afraid it's more ignorance and chance than bravery here on both our parts! When she first stood, there were lines on her face from a shadow/reflection and these were distracting, so I asked her to move and this was the best I could get - however it was all done in 30 seconds and I didn't like to take up too much of her time, she was on her way somewhere!

I really like what you've done with the background, it really does draw your eyes in and stops them drifting away, making her pop a little more. I think a combination of the dark background, with the reduced brightness on the skin and darkened highlights, the cloning you mentioned on her skin and it is a much better image.

The nose shadow that Mrserenesunrise mentioned I hadn't even seen and now that I have I don't know how I missed it!
ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
9 Jul 2014 10:08PM

Quote:I will check back later Tracy.

Time of day, use of flash are important things to know first.

A 28mm lens is far from ideal for a portrait, so to get better portraits, shoot at 85mm - around 100mm. Though the 28mm shot can look fine, its only when you compare side by side with a longer lens that you will see significant differences.

Did you use lens correction in the processing of the shot, - either in-camera or with Photoshop?


Willie


I checked the exif and it was the 50mm I was using and not the 28mm - apologies for the confusion Blush
ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
9 Jul 2014 10:11PM
I just added the original unedited shot as a modification - I don't know if that is any help.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
10 Jul 2014 12:09AM
Thanks for the original Tracy. It has the exif

f/2.8

1/6400

ISO 200

+1/3

Partial

Aperture Priority.

Date shot: 11/30/2013 at 2:57PM. This is the important part for me. November light.

The settings indicate an extremely bright light source? What was it?

Better with 50mm. Explains the lack of distortion in the original. better still with a longer focal length.

I uploaded a mod. It looks to me that you needed increased exposure, and the colour temp is overly warm. You addressed the exposure in your first upload.

The areas that may be a little hot are fine, - its the way it is with a candid street shot. Clone out that top left bright spot.

The warmer shot may be more appealing, - warmth does that.



regards


Willie
ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
10 Jul 2014 3:57PM
hi Willie, the only light source was the sun - the shot was taken on the street, outside a market. The time on my camera is wrong - the shot was taken closer to 1.30pm.

It really was a beautiful day - we were very lucky!

Your mod does seem much cooler - but it works. Thanks

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