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By Richard_OSullivan  
This is a photograph of my daughter looking in the bathroom mirror.
I have duplicated the layer several times and made diagonal motion burr effects which I then blended together and screened over the original layer to give that bright stary effect. I have used a bedside lamp which I had my son hold up just behind her head as the only source of lighting.
I have very little experience in the way of portrait photography so I look forward to your comments/criticism and hopefully a couple of modifications.
Thank you

Merry Christmas to you all.

Tags: General Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Flash and lighting Richard osullivan Daniella Eternal-view

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Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2011 6:39PM
For your first go with this sort of shot certainly have done well
a portrait your daughter will treasure I am sure
like the star/soft look here
SueEley 15 279 96 Wales
22 Dec 2011 6:49PM
The warm light and star burst effect give it quite a romantic, slightly old-fashioned/retro feel. The eye that we can see is quite compelling and her skin and lips look good. The bare shoulder (?) at the bottom and the brightness of the foreground hair on the right are a bit distracting and would benefit from being darker. She needed more light in her face on the left hand side - a reflector might have achieved this (that is, white paper, scrumpled tin foil or whatever) and the light is a bit harsh, especially where it hits her hair and burns out. I don't know if a greaseproof paper diffuser in front of the lamp would have helped. Maybe another, lower powered lamp with the diffuser to her left would have helped? Even LED torches and work lights can give useful light, though you would probably end up with white balance problems if you mixed sources, and LEDs don't have that golden look. My only experience of lighting portraits is make-do and mend and I am sure others will come after me and give you a lot more (and probably better) information! But enjoying experimentation with the family sounds good to me!
22 Dec 2011 6:55PM
Thank you Both very much for your comments.
I have just looked back at the original image, the burnt out area of the hair is due to the screening layers I applied to create to star burst effect, I totally agree it is a too bright and I should have seen this during my editing.

Thank you again

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
22 Dec 2011 7:15PM
Very well captured, Rick. A very happy and enjoyable festive season to you and your family. Carol
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2011 7:23PM
Beautiful 'dreamy' portrait !!!!!!!......nicely processed for a lovely 'aura' !!!!!

Merry Christmas Rick.......
22 Dec 2011 7:33PM
I have uploaded another version. The blown out area of the hair looks better now and the left side of her face is lighter.
The shoulder is now also darker
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2011 7:48PM
I rather like this - a similar effect to my old star burst filter set that I often used in the studio. I woul come in a bit tighter - some off the top and remove some of the blurred figure on the right - it's not needed. Leave the colour etc. as is. A lot of work, but a different and succesful result.

22 Dec 2011 8:08PM
Thank you paul Smile

I have also uploaded a 3rd version which is the original image I started with as I thought it maybe interesting for you all to see.
22 Dec 2011 8:15PM
You can take a photo to try and tell a story, this does it well, your daughter is looking at a reflection of herself, not at the camera with that added look in her eyes, with natural light giving more atmosphere to it.
Very Good.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
22 Dec 2011 11:27PM
Youve done well Richard, - looks quite good with the above comments taken into account, and you second version is better.

Loaded a mod of the original, - completely different approach, so not a suggestion to change, just a different perspective.


SueEley 15 279 96 Wales
23 Dec 2011 8:32AM
Like V2!
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 8:34AM
V2 is the best with that added detail. V3 is a no no for me - too far back, too harsh. Still would go for a tighter crop.

sherring 13 46 13 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 9:01AM
I like this, its different.

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 11:08AM
Just noticed the mod by Willie - now that is a real cracker. Good one, Willie.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
23 Dec 2011 12:57PM
Thank you Paul.

23 Dec 2011 7:22PM
great I really like that Willie Smile
Thank you all very much I have not only found this great help but also interesting.
A great response from you all, This is what makes Ephotozine so amazing

PaulLiley 12 2 13 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2012 7:44AM
Like V2 the best. The fill in light on the left def helps for me. Very nice portrait. Paul

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