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Portrait work
« on: January 09, 2013, 08:48:22 AM »
1st try at low key portrait work. Comments are welcome ;D




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Portrait work
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 10:28:29 AM »
I'm not an expert but I like them a lot, especially the second one, it is very interesting how the face comes out of the darkness. Congratulations.

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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 06:30:20 PM »
thanks axeri, i am new to portrait shots and would like to learn more :)

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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013, 06:55:14 PM »
I think in the 2nd one it's valuable to note how there is a bit of light coming onto the background from the left of the frame which let's us see the line of her neck and hair that is hanging down on the opposite side of her head from the camera. I think I like that, as opposed to a completely black as in the first photo. I do like the first photo, not sure if it'd be good to crop the right of the frame more, although it's certainly setup for some kind of advertising/logo stuff there.
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013, 04:38:52 AM »
For the 2nd shot, I did not use any light to lit the backdrop, it came from the key light (i guess somelight bouched off the wall on the left).

I will try litting the backdrop for the 1st shot and try and different perspective :)

Appreciate your feedbacks. Thanks!!!

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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2013, 12:34:15 PM »
For the 2nd shot, I did not use any light to lit the backdrop, it came from the key light (i guess somelight bouched off the wall on the left).

I will try litting the backdrop for the 1st shot and try and different perspective :)

Appreciate your feedbacks. Thanks!!!

I actually prefer the first shot without backdrop lighting as is, it makes for a more dramatic photo.

For the 2nd shot, I think it's a happy accident that a bit of light bounced off of the wall and onto the backdrop. Maybe experiment with that effect a little bit, and intentionally bounce some lighting from somewhere onto the backdrop from the subject's side of the frame.
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2013, 01:38:54 PM »
First off, great work with the lighting and mood.

A couple of constructive comments that may help you. The focus is somewhat off, ie, overall a little soft. In portrait photography, it is important that particular facial features be sharp, especially the eyes where naturally we all want to look at. In dim lighting, focusing may be difficult to achieve so some time focusing on the outer edge near the eyes where there's more contrast may be helpful. If these were shot handheld, you may want to bump the ISO up slightly to gain a faster shutter speed which will help account for hand shakes.

Both are compositional strong, with the first one having a little too much negative space on the right...but this is just my opinion. Framing to a closer ration of 1/3 with one eye on the first division would make this image stronger.

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Re: Portrait work
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 11:59:40 AM »
Well im not sure...but i think u should adjust ur screen :P especially in the first photo it looks like u used some black photoshop brush to fix ur image but i think u didnt see how much information there really is in the photo.

i enhanced it to show u what i mean :P i ONLY raised the exposure/brightness nothing else

guess on ur screen it just looked "black" ^^

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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2013, 06:39:00 AM »
Well im not sure...but i think u should adjust ur screen :P especially in the first photo it looks like u used some black photoshop brush to fix ur image but i think u didnt see how much information there really is in the photo.

i enhanced it to show u what i mean :P i ONLY raised the exposure/brightness nothing else

guess on ur screen it just looked "black" ^^
That really defeats the object of the low key look and it has lost the impact as a result. Personally, I prefer it as it was originally presented.
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2013, 11:58:18 AM »
I uploaded the photo to show that it was edited in a bad way. If u brighten up other low key photos do u think u will also see fat photoshop brush lines and lost details that were just left in the photo cuz the one who edited it didnt have a proper adjusted screen??

 If u brighten up lowkey photos the black should only become grey....

OP used 100% black color brush (i guess) cuz on his screen all looked "100% black" im quite sure of this. But if u take a photo there is like nearly never 100% black...

I didnt add anything to the original image..... Its just like that... and i can see it on my screen!
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 01:57:53 PM »
I didnt add anything to the original image..... Its just like that... and i can see it on my screen!

Yep, I see it too.  I didn't notice it until you posted the "enhanced version", but looking back at the original it's obvious if you're looking for it.

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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2013, 02:54:12 PM »
Very nice esp second one :)
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2013, 05:02:03 PM »
I uploaded the photo to show that it was edited in a bad way. If u brighten up other low key photos do u think u will also see fat photoshop brush lines and lost details that were just left in the photo cuz the one who edited it didnt have a proper adjusted screen??

 If u brighten up lowkey photos the black should only become grey....

OP used 100% black color brush (i guess) cuz on his screen all looked "100% black" im quite sure of this. But if u take a photo there is like nearly never 100% black...

I didnt add anything to the original image..... Its just like that... and i can see it on my screen!
I see what you mean. I must admit, I hadn't looked that closely.
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Re: Portrait work
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2013, 04:05:16 AM »
no problem im often writing in gibberish so its hard to understand me

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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2013, 04:41:12 AM »
no problem im often writing in gibberish so its hard to understand me

I think you make a strong point, and what makes it even more important is that when you move away from a screen and go ahead and print it, it becomes quite noticeable. I have done that mistake myself (wanting to make it black'er than it originally was). Further there is a dilemma, because by doing it more black (skilfully or not) it is because you want to emphazise the subject. However by doing so, one also remove some depth in the shot... i.e. making a case for more details in the black/grey areas....
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Re: Portrait work
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2013, 04:41:12 AM »