Self Portrait - Low Key - C&C

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  1. K_Pugh

    K_Pugh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi,

    This is my first attempt at a self portrait. I had this idea in my head and thought i'd try it. I don't have a large room or black velvet etc to hang around, or any expensive lighting equipment. I basically positioned 2 torches, one either side, balancing them on all sorts of things to get the right angles and the light hitting the right spots. I positioned the hat on my monopod at roughly the right height to look through the viewfinder to make sure it was what i wanted. Made sure my background was dark enough not to show on the pic and i guess i got lucky (this was one of two shots i took).

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    I think maybe a little light on my right shoulder would have been better as the reflection off the side of the chair makes me look a little off-center.. although i like the darkness also..

    This pic do anything for you or not? i got 95% what i was looking for here from what i envisioned in my head beforehand so i'm pretty happy with it but hey-ho i'm looking for C&C nonetheless.
     
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    Awesome idea. I like the shot, but for me there is too much negative space. Maybe a tighter crop would work better. It would be nice if there was a little more light to your left and right. Overall it's a really great photo. Kudos!
     
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    I actually think the negative space works here. But I do agree about the light.
     
  4. K_Pugh

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    yeah thanks guys. I did initially try more light but as it's a small room the extra light lit up the background etc so i had to try make do with little torches.

    I may attempt it again if i can find a better space to do it in.

    Thanks.
     
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    Here's a quick attempt to lighten it up in Photoshop..

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    Not sure if i like it better or not.. opinions?
     
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    I like the first one better than the lighter one, there is more emotion in it. Good job.
     
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    brightness look fine in that gif to me, i can clearly see all shades. I am using an old CRT monitor though and i'm guessing it's not perfect anyway.
     
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    CRT is more accurate and stable over time than any other monitor type. That's why I haven't "upgraded" my oversized thing quite yet.

    But anyway, the pictures are ok, from what I can see of them.
     

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