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Christmas theme

By Sillu
It was a Christmas shoot. I shoot with the soft box.. are the highlights good ?

Tags: Christmas Fashion Lady

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banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
1 Jan 2019 8:26PM
Yes, highlights are quite good.

Her face needs less shadow/more light, and if you want, in post processing you can get some mpore highlight detail in the fur by using the burn tool.

Done in the mod as an example.


paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2019 10:20PM
Technically quite good but you must leave that terrible logo off. I would prefer eye contact and a smile for this kind of costume image. she looks less than happy and there is thus a less than festive feel to it. The pose means her near arm is very strong and quit dominant - possibly a higher viewpoint?

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
2 Jan 2019 10:28AM
I'll second Willie's comment on the tones, and also Paul's on the logo. The model deserves better than something competing for attention!

There's no EXIF data - so we don't know shutter speed, aperture, ISO - or even what the softbox was attached to.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 384
2 Jan 2019 3:09PM
Happy New Year to you and Santa's Niece.

I would lower the highlights locally on the for of her gloves.

The logo is not an issue for me, as this is your work and you probably feel proud to put it there. There is lots to be said about copyright and as it is irrelevant with what you asked I shall say no more about it.

What I find a bit unsuccessful is the cropping below the model's skirt. It's not the fact that more of her legs is not in the frame, it is because it looks akward cut off there. You could have finished the frame just above her knees which seems more flattering for my opinion. Would she have looked smaller in the frame? No idea, that is why you better have the original file and metadata included.

Love the colours!

dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 695 England
2 Jan 2019 7:41PM
Softboxes can give soft light but the result depends on how big the softbox is and it's distance from the subject, and if it's angled in any way which effectively makes the frontal area smaller in relation to the softbox.

A reflector or second unit with softbox set at a lower power than the main unit would help fill in shadows - if you want them filled in of course!

As Willie's mod shows, even on a web sized jpg some detail can be recovered from the highlights.
By shooting RAW you'd give yourself more flexibility in recovering detail.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2019 1:19PM
I'm a bit late. I'm not sure if I am wasting my time commenting - for critique purposes we really do need to see your Exif data, without it the exercise becomes rather limited. Please do include it in future! Avoid using Save for web, which strips the data from the file.

The image is underexposed, contrast is excessive, and I suspect that the red of the costume tricked Auto White balance into too cold a colour balance. I have uploaded a modification - I increased exposure slightly, reduced contrast, warmed overall but then toned down reds on the costume. Once you correct exposure the red becomes much hotter!

The angle of the hand is good, the cut-off legs are not good! It would be worth experimenting further with poses. Truncated limbs and extremities always risk looking awkward.

But please - we need more information from you.

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