TPF Noob!
May 22, 2016
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Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
pretty underexposed. no detail in the hair at all. needed some fill flash. is this cropped at all? lot of extra space up top.
blown up it looks like there might be some soft focus on the face, but its so dark its hard to tell.

i like the background choice though. if you had used a little diffused fill flash here it really would have looked nice.
Pretty much all of the above. I would add that given the light on top of the head, in absence of a flash for fill anything white will act as a reflector to move light into her face. White poster board a sheet, one member on here even used a newspaper with excellent results.
half of your image is deadspace.
Also your subject is centered in the frame. She should be to the right of the image.
My simple suggestion; please change your personal preferences to "photos OK to edit", and one of us can show you very quickly what we would do/would have done.
In photography, light IS the photo...without good light you can't have a good photo. I would suggest either doing something creative by lighting her face with the blue ambient light from behind, or add light (flash).
@Designer That would help me. Thank you. I have made the change.
@paigew I have never used flash, so I'm actually looking forward to renting one and using it over this weekend. I'll see how it goes.
Does your camera have a built-in flash? If so, then perhaps you can adjust the power output of that to be a small amount, something photographers call "fill flash". I see that your metering mode was set to "pattern", which averaged the entire scene, including the lights, making your subject's face underexposed.

Anyway, here is a slightly different crop that you might consider:

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