Low Key Portrait

Discussion in 'People Photography' started by DeadEye, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. DeadEye

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    Critque requested

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    Thanks Dan
     
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    It sure looks underexposed, or it's the skin tone or maybe because it seems you over did the whites of her eye's in post. The 2 layer green border is kind of distracting too. I know it's very classic but a nice 1 or 2 inch border with a drop shadow works well with a b&w.

    Had her head and shoulders been turned a bit more towards the camera and her large eyes could have had white on both sides of the iris making the eye's a bit more balanced. As it is it just doesn't appeal having those huge white areas barking so loud.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    I know my edit isn't low key, but with that pose and smile you can't really go for a low key portrait, i think. I would crop it also, and bring out her eyes more.

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    I would agree that the first image is underexposed.
    I would like to see it with the exposure brought up a bit and the post on the eyes and theeth toned down.
     
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    I liked it to dark though..
     
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    the dark one is a low key portrait...and the work done on whites in eyes and on teeth to highlight, i think.the exposure is correct....looking at her skin tone and eyeballs...old school of photography had several such in their exhibitions.
     
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    forgot to say extraordinary.
     
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    THe skin tone looks so un-natural or something. I dont know just looks weird. Probably is slightly under exposed too. You can go with that darker look without being underexposed.
     
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    Thank you. KmH
    Yes it looks somewhat underexposed in B&W. The model is dark skinned with bright white neer perfect teeth and large bright eyes a real beauty. I tryed to select the eyes and bring them down a little in post but it killed one of her best strong points. I think I am fighting dynamic range limits on this one. Perhaps I should load some Ilford and put the digi away for this style and model . If I can get a reshoot, I will endevor to improve the pose.


    Thank You Mersad

    The edit is quite lovely. Nice the way the catch lights sparkle.

    Thank You SpeedTrap

    I tryed that very thing but did not like the end result. Her skin is quite dark and it bordered on making her look to white.

    Thank You Dcrymes. I like it too, but somehow it missed the mark as well.

    Thank You Gopal

    The exposure was set using a sekonic metered at the forehead for the key light. Hair lights powered a little over 1 stop.

    Thanks again to everyone DeadEye
     

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