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  1. keith foster

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    I just started learning to take portraits and since I am a high school teacher I have convinced a few seniors to let me take some shots of them for practice.
    I am really struggling with poses.

    I shot this young lady today and tried the shot where she laying down looking back and over her head. I was on a stool. One softbox constant, florescent light camera left and directed at her face.

    At first I thought this was a great shot but after I downloaded it and processed a little in LR I was really disappointed.

    The hotspot on her forehead was a bummer and I never really got her hands/arms in a good position.

    I would really appreciate some C&C.


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    The hot spot doesn't look that bad. Looks like you can save the detail. Here is a go at it I tried for you..
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    I burned the hot spot with a soft brush at 79 exp. I then dodged the iris and sclera of the eyes a bit and outlined with burn. I then did a surface blur and masked the eyes. Then a high pass with blend mode on soft. The eyes may be a bit over processed for most peoples taste, but the people I shoot always seem to like it. I also adjusted the levels for more contrast... may be a skin tone that you don't like. I wouldn't try to burn the forehead more than that... there may be other methods to fix using stamp.
     
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    so for the C&C on your image.

    Poses are a hard thing to come up with on the spot. I would recommend googling other senior portraits. I am working on a pose chart that I am going to keep with me when I am shooting and can't think of anything.

    some things I have learned...

    - if it bends, bend it
    - females should tilt there head to low shoulder when seated
    - females hands should be straighter than males, but not against there sides

    there are quite a bit of rules like this around the web that help. I am sure some pros will chime in to provide you with some good feedback. You are lucky to have the willing models and equipment. You did well with the lighting other than the mild hot spot. The nose appears evenly lit and I don't see any harsh shadows.
     
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    Thanks a lot NewGuy!
    I like what you did with the eyes and taking out the hotspot. I need to learn more about pp and get better at it.
    I really appreciate your ideas and direction here.
    I have been studying poses but it seems like when I get into the shoot all of it leaves me. I will keep at it and keep working.

    Thanks again.
     
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    One thing I noticed right away is that her top lip looks kind of washed out, it blends right into her face. Maybe it's just the color of her lips? I'm not sure, but you should definitely try to do something with that...
     
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    Good point.
    When I adjusted her lips in LR I noticed the top lip didn't accept the changes to the same degree as the top lip but I kind of forgot about it. Thanks for pointing that out, looking at it again it does make her look like her bottom lip is huge and top lip is just a light line.
    Thanks for the help.
     
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    I think that one issue is the angle of the light. It's coming from below her face (look at the position of the catch lights). This causes her nose shadow to go up toward her eye. Not something that typically looks good for a portrait.
     
  8. keith foster

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    Yep, you're right. I had the light set right but then I moved her and didn't change the light. A couple of the other shots had really harsh nose shadows and I didn't use them.
    I have got to get better at paying attention to details like that.
    Thanks, Mike.
     
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    The one thing that stands out to me is wardrobe, I think the way that her sweater is folded over on her right shoulder is a bit distracting. If it was done up a bit more or flat it would work better I think
     
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    You're right. Another detail I hadn't noticed. Dang it! I am already slow getting set up for a shot but I have to slow down some more and start noticing these things.
    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Hot spot on forehead is not a big deal but you can make it less obvious... In photoshop try the lasso tool then surface blur.
     
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    Wait....high school teacher.......taking pictures of their students............lying down.....looking seductively into the camera......
     

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