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High heels

By Sillu
shot with my a7iii and a speed light in a soft box

it has been so long now since i posted here.


Tags: Wet Sexy Fashion Fashion photography Heels


DaveRyder Plus
6 4.6k 7 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2020 10:12AM
While not a member of the critique team I hope you'll tolerate my input...especially as you take far more people shots than I do.
I do like the pose, crop and angle and in my mod have;
It seems the background is a little imbalanced. So simply to add a little upper background interest, to balance lower half, while trying not to draw attention away from the model.
1. replaced the sky. As I don't have any sunsets of my own suitable I've used a Luminar stock example but horizi=onally reversed to keep the lighting correct.
2. added a little dramatic filter
3. minor contract changes.

- The upload process seems to have changes the models facial tone a little, my copy retains more of her golden glow.

DaveRyder Plus
6 4.6k 7 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2020 10:21AM
A second mod upload - with sky replacement and no other alterations as above.
chase Plus
15 1.8k 441 England
19 Jun 2020 11:02AM
A sultry pose from a very attractive model.
As with your last upload this looks to have quite high contrast and you have lost most of the detail in your blacks.
Her right foot seems very big here, perhaps she could have tucked it slightly under the seat.
Daves added sky does improve this, just adds that bit more interest. I just wish all the houses in the distance weren't there.

Would be good to see the original before any post processing was carried out , together with a little more info from you.
Do you like this image ?
Did it end up as you wanted it ?
Have you done much post processing to this ?
Is there anything you particularly need help or critique on ?

I look forward to your response.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 695 England
19 Jun 2020 12:25PM
I like the sky as it is, simple and unassuming, though that said I like Dave's mod too.
I didn't notice the buildings in the background until Janet mentioned them, or at least consider them as anything to distract. That's due to the wide aperture used.

I agree about her foot though and that's due to the relatively short focal length and the closeness of the foot relative to the rest of the model so that's something to be aware of. You may want or need to use a short focal length for a portrait (you may not have enough room) so in that case keeping arms and legs in the same plane as the body will avoid awkward looking proportions, unless you're going for a special effect.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
19 Jun 2020 4:31PM
I think this is the same girl as in your last post... Definitely worth shooting with her regularly.

Overall, this is much better: the crop is fine, and the low viewpoint works, especially with that casual, sexy pose. She's in charge. A fraction lower still and you could have lost the buildings behind the balustrade, which would have made an even simpler composition.

Using a wide setting always risks distortion, as Keith has noted: an 85mm lens is my standard for shots like this - it also helps differential focus effects.

Normally, I'd think that f/3.2 is rather wide for a portrait, but I know the Alpha 7 III cameras are wonderfully good at picking up and focussing on eyes.

Very low sunlight is always a wonderful colour, and gives striking illumination. I'm glad to see that the fill flash isn't overdone - bright light of a very different colour is something that could ruin a shot like this.

Two issues: your logo is prominent and distracting, as well as trivially easy to remove, and I'd suggest not putting it on. And I want to know about the processing, because that's probably where you lost the shadow detail.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
19 Jun 2020 5:02PM
Bearing in mind we dont know what post processing youve done, and if you wanted to achieve this particular loo, I would say it appears underexposed, and contrast is quite high. HOW IT LOOKS IS ALSO HEAVILY DEPENDANT ON WHAT YOU USE TO VIEW THE IMAGE, ETC.

I uploaded a mod thats brighter, with lower contrast that you can compare to.


Sillu 5 Malta
19 Jun 2020 7:06PM
First of all thanks for all your help !! Smile
Dave what do you mean about unbalanced background ?

Chase yes i am glad the way it turned out . yep it took me around 30 min as i was doing it Photoshop and arranged in camera raw filter , like first i painted the model and arranged the exposure then the shadows bk ground so on and so forth.
i will try to upload the raw file.

I wanted to bring the surroundings in the photo aspecially the bench.

so in order to bring the model from the side and not have some leg seems biger then the other what should i do. ?

thanks will answer the others soon as well
DaveRyder Plus
6 4.6k 7 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2020 6:52AM

Dave what do you mean about unbalanced background ?

In the lower half there are patterns in the floor tiles, the bench itself and the balustrade all add interest but do not detract from the model herself. However there is nothing in the upper half (sky) to add to or draw attention to the model. Which to me makes the image a little bottom heavy. The sky addition I chose added cloud formations that, I hope, draw the eye to the model as do the lines in the floor tiles.

However, as Keith (Dark_lord) say it's a personal view.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2020 7:54AM
I'm a bit late here. First of all, I have to say that I am quite happy with the original sky. It sits back discreetly, as a background should do, it doesn't compete with the model. And it corresponds with the warm glow on the model's skin.

The first thing that struck me was the loss of detail in blacks. The second was the strange imbalance between very small hands and very long feet - most particularly between her left (right to us) hand and foot, which are in the same plane. I guess it's the low viewpoint. In other respects that low pov works much better here than is usually the case with female sitters, because of her strong pose.
Robert51 11 7 106 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2020 8:22AM
Great image that says everything you wanted it to say.

The mod is a slightly painted effect along with four different cross line patterens, and colour toning to suit.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
21 Jun 2020 7:41AM
To avoid the problem with the leg, you need to have the whole of the leg at the same distance from the camera as the other parts of the body, not pointing straight towards the lens.

30 minutes seems like an awful long time to spend on processing... If you let us see a straight conversion from RAW to JPG that will help: you can only upload JPG files here.

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