Portrait for C&C

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  1. dandaluzphotography

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    Hey Guys,

    I took this last night. Did some editing on it, mostly skin smoothing and blemish removal. I tried something different than what I have been doing. The first step in CS5 was to duplicate the background layer and set the blend mode to overlay and reduce the opacity to 50%. I thought it gave the image some punch. I saw the video on youtube and thought I would try it. I also added lipstick and blush. What the hell? That was a different video.

    As far as lighting, one monolight at camera right bouncing off of an umbrella and a reflector, pretty close to the subject and angled slightly towards the back drop but still reflecting some light on to the right side of her face. I'm beginning to really use the modeling light to see what shots will look like afterwards, as far as shadows.

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    Any thoughts on how to improve it? I guess I tried to give this shot something of a glamour look. Did I even come close?

    Thanks,
    Danny


     
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    you cut off the top of her head to capture a lot of empty space camera left leaving the composition lacking.
     
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    Hi. Thanks for the response. I thought it might look more interesting to frame it as I did. Might it have looked better if I cropped out the bottom as well a bit more?

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    She's looking straight ahead, so there is no reason to have the empty space. This type of framing is typical for an ad where text would be placed in the empty space, but it doesn't really work for a portrait.
     
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    C&C belongs in the galleries or in the dumping ground with everything else.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I'll remember that.

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    Sorry if this post annoyed you, but the subject line clearly stated "...C&C". If you didn't want to see it, you shouldn't have clicked on it. Also, how can I discuss lighting and other techniques I've used without posting a result for a particular setup? Thanks for your very insightful response. Good Stuff!

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    I got rid of that empty space to the left. It does look better.

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    It looks like you may have slightly overdone the softening.... it looks unnatural under her eyes mostly. If you did that blurring on a separate layer, just reduce the opacity and it'll soften, but still allow the important details that tell us she is in fact human and not plastic.
     
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    Thanks. I thought I might have gone a little too far with the smoothing, but I wanted to hear some else say it as well. :)
     
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    Beyond the Basics is not a photo gallery, or C&C forum section.

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    I like the new crop much better. A kicker light to the left side of the image hitting her hair would have been awesome. kicker/rim light. Play around with that. It helps to seperate the dark side of her from the background so she doesnt blend in to it. Nice shot though. My only other recommendation would be to raise the light a little. It looks a little better when its slightly higher and not shooting straight across her face as the shadws indicate.
     
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