Portrait redemption.

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  1. JustJazzie

    JustJazzie Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    After falling flat on my "more with less" challenge, I still had the itch to get it right.

    This is a much brighter lighting scheme than I generally lean towards. I think Ive only used back lighting with studio strobes once or maybe twice in the past, so that made it interesting.

    I bounced the light against a white wall, through the white fabric background, then placed a huge reflector camera left, and a large reflector camera right.


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  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Honestly? A little too hot for my tastes. I think the idea is great, and the poses in the first two are great, but the overexposure flare/haze doesn't really do it for me. What I think would be neat is to get yourself dressed in white, and reset and shoot a high key look.
     
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    JustJazzie Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I would, if I owned anything white......I wore black to my wedding. (Not joking!)
    Which is why 95% of my self portraits are shot on a black background.

    Maybe I’ll try it again on someone else in white. :)
     
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    I think these came out great! The 2nd one is my favorite. Self portraits are so hard to do. I love that you’re trying different lighting schemes. Love the white clothes high key idea also.
     
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    Very flattering photos. When Tirediron wrote, " A little too hot for my tastes, "I thought, yeah, smokin! Too revealing for TPF.," but I guess he meant the _exposures_.

    I dunno...I like the flare (blowback, whatever you wanna' call it).

    I think #1 would make a fantastic vertical! This is indeed a redemption. A fine,fine set of three nice selfies. Very well-done, and each one its very own 'thing'. The expression and hair in the last one? OMG! The lighting on the chin! The under-arm lighting! Fantastic.
     
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  6. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Own thee a t-shirt and table-cloth?
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Just to clarify.... This is absolutely a personal taste thing; nothing wrong with the work at all!
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    I think a pretty high degree of post-processing manipulation could likely be done on the raw files, with the clarity slider especially being a prime control to experiment with.
     
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    I can't find whether or not you mind if one edits your image.

    I felt it needed more contrast so I added an S curve and messed with the tone and cropped.

    This was edited in photo editor on my S7.

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    If I was single and 30 years younger I'd be heading for Somewhere in the Mountains, USA with a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates.... ;)
     
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    @SquarePeg Thank you! I completely agree self portraits are super challenging. I suppose though, if one can master the self portrait, one can do anything?!....But most of the time I look at my self portrait "negatives" straight off the card and think "wow. I really have NO talent, I really should just sell my camera now"

    Thank you, @Derrel! I didn't originally crop number one vertical because I already cropped off a significant amount. But I agree, it is a smarter choice.

    @tirediron, I dont even own white socks! I think I have a white fluffy piece of faux fur fabric I was recently gifted. :giggle: I am actually with you though, the lighting won't be my "go to" by any means.... But what good is a hobby if you don't play around a bit and experiment? Meanwhile, Ill be awaiting the perfect something-white to enter my life so I can give the high key shot a go!

    @jake337 Thank you for showing me your vision! I see where you are going with that, but its a bit too far for my taste, especially on the skin. I feel like if it was supposed to be a super contrasty shot, then It should have been lit that way in camera, instead of trying to save it in post. Reshooting is free after all! I think perhaps the sweet spot in somewhere in the middle of our renditions though.

    I went ahead and slightly increased the contrast, and then brushed the clarity over the hair, eyebrows/eyes, and lips.

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    @Granddad, You are too sweet! Although- no offense to chocolate, but you might have better luck with bacon! :giggle:
     
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    BACON before chocolate??? Holy Moly!! I think I'm in love with you already! :aiwebs_016::586::586::586::lovey::love_heart:
     
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