Noob takes headshot of model hopeful

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  1. garynyc

    garynyc TPF Noob!

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    How-dee folks;

    Just need some pointers for this headshot. What would help maximize this image? I think I could have used more hairlight, more background light, perhaps more fill? Just starting out. Any tips appreciated!


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    Welcome!

    I like his expression, the color balance, and the simple lighting, but I think you're right, more lights would probably help. It looks like you used a single softbox (or maybe a window). A fill on the left would help. He needs to be separated from the background somehow: fill & hairlight or a lighter background. A fill light would also add a nice highlight in his eyes. Right now they are pretty dark, and the one there is mostly in the whites.

    I'd frame differently, also; probably vertical. His hair and chin are cropped pretty close, but there's a lot of background on either side. Plus he's right in the middle.

    All that said, it's a good portrait. And it's worlds apart from the typical straight-on flash shot. Being limited to a single light, I think you picked a great angle for it.
     
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    I agree with mark for the framing.
    Though, it's a really great picture!
     
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    I should add that if you are limited on lights, a reflector made of white foam core placed low on the left will reflect some of the main light up on him and act as a fill. That alone might do it.
     
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    Thank you both for the critique. I shot this young guy today, and I think we we both had no clue as to what we were doing. Here's another pic from the shoot that utilizes more of what Mark recommended. I actually used 2 Photogenic Studiomax IIs and a 90 w/s hairlight with a snoot, but I didn't pay attention to the hairlight position half the time, I also didn't want to overlight the dude. Also my first time shooting a dark skinned gent. Lot of firsts!

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    Jeez I altered the levels and cropped the original, then posted it back to my website. Whoops! Now the critique isn't based on whats there now lol.
     
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    Dang. That's better. I had just played a game which disabled my monitor calibration app. I didn't realize it until now, so I re-enabled it. Now I can see the separation from the background. One of the reasons getting the monitor right is so important. :rolls eyes:

    So... I'm just picking up the second light in his eyes in this larger image. I still wouldn't have guessed it was a light without you telling me, but now I can see the detail on that side of his face in both images and see a little highlight in his ear. I think you did an even better job in that first one than I originally thought. One of the reasons I was thinking the light was so well placed is that you avoided that highlight on his forehead that shows up in this second one. That's such a pain. I also like the skin tone better.

    Now that I can see it better, the only thing I would change on that first one is the crop. (The crop on the second still seems a little close to me.) I think you really nailed it, at least to my eye. Beautiful! Do you have more?
     
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    Now I'm all confuzzled... :p

    Anyway, I wouldn't go any brighter on it. You are pushing the edge of blowing the right side.

    You can tell I like this image, because I can't shut up.
     
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    Ah, my browser refreshed. Now I think they are a little blown. Do you have the original levels?
     
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    Ya a bit blown now. Have to move on and shoot my Canon XL-1 to sell on Ebay! I'll readjust levels again Manana. Thanks Mark!
     
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    I like your second presentation much better!
     
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    No offense to your model-hopeful, but I'd light it from the other side so that the shadow drops off the left side of his face and makes it look less wide.
     

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