Moody lighting: Self Portrait

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  1. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Ok, so I've been wanting to get better at using lighting situations to create moody or dramatic portraits. Unfortunatly, I didn't have anyone to practice on tonight but me! :lol:

    The only light source is the street lamp outside. ISO 400, shutter speed 1/6th of a second, aperature 1.8 (50mm).

    I know this could have been better...it was INCREDIBLY difficult to focus, so I know it could be sharper. Other than that, any critiques or comments?

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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You look really really troubled here.
    I hope you only worried about the outcome of your self-portrait session and about whether focus and light would be all right!
    Other than that I must say: especially the light looks quite right for non-too-happy portraits.
     
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    I like it Cory. It's certainly moody!
     
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    You look so sad, like you just lost your puppy dog...is this what you looked like before you boarded your plane-leaving dc? LOL
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Oh, no, I looked much worse than that! :lol:
     
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    Very moody indeed....and look at those pouty lips!! : )
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Thanks...I think I'm gonna have to figure out something a lot different in order to make this into a really good shot...I'm not happy with the tonal range at all, and I don't like it in color AT ALL. Because of the light source, my lips look purple, and all the other colors look funky, too...no matter what I do in PS, I can't seem to make it look right. :S
     
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    I love the pose and the light is coming from a great position. The tones are super muddy on this end. I say greyscale with the highlights and midtones up.
     
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    Holy hell woman :lol: kudos to you for getting a clear pic in the first place :thumbup: :thumbup: your a brave girl for going down that low.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Hehe...it was either that or hike up my ISO, and I didn't wanna do that.
     
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    Don't cry Corry!!! :hugs:

    Great emotion - looks to me like you got the focus spot on. Great lighting too. My only slight critique would be that you've only got three fingers.

    Rob
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Hehe...thanks Rob. I think I want to try it again at some point to get better tonal range...but I'm just not sure what exactly I need to change in order to do it. I don't want it to be grainy, so I'd prefer not to hike the ISO. I shot in RAW, and tried it in all the different WB settings, but NONE seemed right. On everyone of them the colors didn't look even close to right. I'm thinking I just might not be able to shoot it with that particular light source..unfortunately, I'm on the 2nd story and I live on main street above businesses, so it's not like I can set up another light source outside the window! :lol:
     

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