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Posted 20 January 2019 - 12:38 AM

The assignment was to create a clean portrait shot against a flat background.  The objective was to show how we handle a strong personality in front of our lens. 

 

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In case you're wondering, this is Angela, my better half.  She is a very good sport, with the patience of a saint.  She really is photogenic. 

 

I was particularly worried about the placement of hands.  In my first few shots, Angela looked like she was standing at attention.  A combination of telling her to be spontaneous and my really bad jokes led to this.  Depending on your point of view, she is either clapping or praying.  Don Giannatti wondered if she was praying for the end of the shot.  :lol: 

 

I was pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback received.  Don told me that gestures can be very important in portrait photography, felt that this particular gesture worked well.

 

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  • ISO 64
  • 24-70 mm/f 4.2 @ 35 mm
  • f 11
  • 1/125 sec
  • One Godox strobe with a soft-box
  • 5-in-1 white reflector

I used PS for a levels adjustment, and to clone out the fold creases on the background.  LR was used for sharpening and minor adjustments.

 

Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

 

 


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 02:28 AM

Very nice Mark.


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 02:21 PM

Thank you, Peter.  :)


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 10:41 PM

Nice shot Mark. I wish I could take decent people picture.


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 12:19 AM

Very well done, Mark.

 

I think you are bitten by the Studio bug!

 

I really like that muslin, very nice texture and colour. Lighting is perfect.  And, nicely composed.


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 01:19 PM

Nice work.

Sometimes I give a scarf to play with for the gals.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 01:38 PM

Nice shot Mark. I wish I could take decent people picture.

 

Thank you, Jeff.

 

Until these last few assignments, I felt the very same as you.  In fact, I still believe that my lovely model, Angela, is much better at getting people to pose than I am.  But I'm trying it and hoping to learn from my mistakes.  :)


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 01:41 PM

Very well done, Mark.

 

I think you are bitten by the Studio bug!

 

I really like that muslin, very nice texture and colour. Lighting is perfect.  And, nicely composed.

 

Coming from you, Art, that is a very nice complement.  Thank you.

 

I have confess that I'm enjoying this a lot more than I thought that I would.  And I think that I have barely scratched the surface!  :)  :)


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 01:43 PM

Nice work.

Sometimes I give a scarf to play with for the gals.

 

Thank you, Dennis.

 

A scarf is a great suggestion.  So far, having hands appear in natural gestures has been something to work at, for me.  A scarf would work nicely.  :)


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 12:01 AM

 

Coming from you, Art, that is a very nice complement.  Thank you.

 

I have confess that I'm enjoying this a lot more than I thought that I would.  And I think that I have barely scratched the surface!  :)  :)

 

I love Studio work, Mark.  Very satisfying!  You should check out that book from Rocky Nook on poses, if you haven't already.

And, if you can find a book on different lighting effects, that is also very helpful. Lighting is everything!


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 07:25 PM

I'd be interested in how you set up the lighting for the shot.  I like it.  This lighting ratio doesn't always look good on women but in this case I think it does.

 

1) I have a concern regarding the hands though my comment has probably more to do with the amount of room you had available.

I'm guessing you were fairly close to Angela because her hands appear larger than they should.  Compare the size of her hands to the face and you'll see what I mean.  This would be solved by moving the camera further from the subject.

In portraiture the face, and in particular the eyes are your first priority after lighting. Art is correct saying that lighting is everything.

Take great care to prevent any props, be it scarves or hands from competing with the face.  In your image the hands are the first thing the viewer notices and since they were closer to the light source they are also brighter.

 

2) A small nit perhaps but I always cloned out any creases in the background material.  I refer mainly to the one over her head.

 

3) Watches should also be removed for a portrait.

 

Overall, I think you're well on the way here!


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:43 PM

I agree with what Gordon says about the hands.  I noticed them, but never mentioned it.  Hands are a funny thing.... the closer to the lens they are, the bigger and out of proportion they look.  Hands need to be placed close to the subject, so they don't draw away from the face nor that they appear disproportionately large.

Follow your eyes when you look at the image and you will see they move to the hands.  They should move to the face.

 

Creases and Watches ... agree as well.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:14 AM

Well, I'm going to be a little different. The watch and the ring, those are a part of a person. If they wear these things all the time, I believe they should be part of a portrait. However, I would reduce the exposure on them in post, so they can be part of shadow details. I would, at first just darken the two bright spots on the watch, to match the shadow values of the rest of the watch. If it looks good, then that's all that is needed.

 

Also along these lines, the shadow of her watch elbow is really dark. I would work on it so I could get a good fading from foreground to background.  

 

The ring has its own issue in that the gems are very bright, if not blown out. Being a D810, I would think you can pull that down a bit. I would try to reduce the ring, and then reduce the hands with the ring. It all depends.

 

Depending on space, these could be dealt with is a larger (50-70 inch softbox/dish or diffused umbrella) that is forward if the subject and only allowed to have feathered light fall on subject. Being large and not directly facing the subject should also handle the jewelry issues.

 

Lets see, their is 1,000 way to skin a cat. The most important thing is, Mark's instructor liked it and I see Mark growing with each new image that he presents. Well done Mark.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:26 AM

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 01:10 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

 

Good points about the hands.  The big challenge was coming up with a spontaneous gesture but, hey, if I knew everything I wouldn't be taking the course.  :rolleyes:


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