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The Dress .

By Mikestu100
This photo taken in my home . Two lights used , each at 45 degrees to the subject . Background as seen . I always use this lighting setup when shooting at home . Hopefully , following the comments and advice that people give on here , I shall improve my lighting technique .

Tags: Fashion Portraits and people

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chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
22 Nov 2021 12:19PM
Thank you for uploading your original image.It does help us.
It would also be nice if you could give us some feedback here too, please join in the conversation.

I see this was taken almost a year ago now, perhaps it's time to do something a little more recent maybe using some of the advice we have given you so far.
She is a pretty model but for me she looks a touch uncomfortable and appears to be looking downward as on one of your other images of her in your pf, which has given her no neck and her shoulders are hunched up, which makes it look like her head is 'stuck' onto her shoulders.
You could do with slightly changing your lighting set up, just to give a bit more modelling of light/shade as i think has already been suggested.
You have cleaned up the bg nicely but there are tell-tale signs, particularly on her hair.

Your use of skin softening is a little too much, she has no texture to her face thus beginning to look 'plastic', gently does it as we have previously mentioned.
I'm not convinced the crop works, looking at your original, it's nice to see her legs and feet.

I did do a mod for your consideration, just something a bit different.
Added a simple texture to the bg. to remove the starkness of the white, which sometimes works and sometimes can look too white.
Lightened the darks a touch, especially on her hair where the headband melts into her dark hair.
Added a little more space to her left for her to twirl her dress into.
Basic levels layer to brighten her up, just a touch.
All done in Photoshop using your original frame, nothing drastic.
Added a frame as this is a small image, there is no need to resize your images, the clever site does that for you.

Generally this does look a bit static, maybe you could have used a slightly slower shutter speed and got your model to move her dress around a bit, simply to add something a little more dynamic to the frame, or even given her a stool or chair to sit on.
Mikestu100 15 3 Scotland
22 Nov 2021 12:26PM

Quote:Thank you for uploading your original image.It does help us.
It would also be nice if you could give us some feedback here too, please join in the conversation.

I see this was taken almost a year ago now, perhaps it's time to do something a little more recent maybe using some of the advice we have given you so far.
She is a pretty model but for me she looks a touch uncomfortable and appears to be looking downward as on one of your other images of her in your pf, which has given her no neck and her shoulders are hunched up, which makes it look like her head is 'stuck' onto her shoulders.
You could do with slightly changing your lighting set up, just to give a bit more modelling of light/shade as i think has already been suggested.
You have cleaned up the bg nicely but there are tell-tale signs, particularly on her hair.

Your use of skin softening is a little too much, she has no texture to her face thus beginning to look 'plastic', gently does it as we have previously mentioned.
I'm not convinced the crop works, looking at your original, it's nice to see her legs and feet.

I did do a mod for your consideration, just something a bit different.
Added a simple texture to the bg. to remove the starkness of the white, which sometimes works and sometimes can look too white.
Lightened the darks a touch, especially on her hair where the headband melts into her dark hair.
Added a little more space to her left for her to twirl her dress into.
Basic levels layer to brighten her up, just a touch.
All done in Photoshop using your original frame, nothing drastic.
Added a frame as this is a small image, there is no need to resize your images, the clever site does that for you.

Generally this does look a bit static, maybe you could have used a slightly slower shutter speed and got your model to move her dress around a bit, simply to add something a little more dynamic to the frame, or even given her a stool or chair to sit on.

Mikestu100 15 3 Scotland
22 Nov 2021 12:28PM
Thanks Chase . I like your modification and I appreciate your comments and advice .
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4336 Canada
22 Nov 2021 12:31PM
I agree with the comments above, and would add a few others.

The fact her head is tilted down can also mean her face needs more light. The dress reflects a lot of light with its bright white areas, and you need to consider this when arranging lighting. This is in addition to the overall underexposure as seen in the original.

After you take a shot, review carefully the histogram view on the LCD and adjust settings as needed; f/10 for example is rather small for the setup here, and a wider aperture can help. The 6D flash synch speed is 1/200, try starting there and then adjust the aperture by shooting and reviewing assuming you dont have a flash meter.

As chase mentions, this is an older shot, it would be good to see something more recent that could take some suggestions into account.

I did upload a mod with quite a bit more exposure on the face especially; lifted shadow detail; tweaked white balance, less overall magenta; and cropped to an 8X10 format with less legs, using your finished shot. Ill go back and try the original shot shortly.

Hope this helps.


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mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2575 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2021 2:01PM
We are looking down on the face (look at the top of the head) but up at the body (look at the receding shoulders). The effect is disconcerting...
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1974 England
22 Nov 2021 8:45PM
I'll add that a model's face often looks darker than other skin, because of a fraction too much makeup... So it's worth paying attention to lighting the face, and in editing, checking carefully.

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