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portrait overexposed?

 
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May 26, 2010 08:11 |  #1

Do you think the face is over exposed? and does it ruin the shot?
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May 26, 2010 08:16 |  #2

Definitely overexposed. You lose detail on her left cheek and the left side of her nose. Maybe have her tilt her head closer to 45º than 90º.

Focus looks good, and it's a very attractive subject. Maybe widen the shot and show more of her? :cool:


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May 26, 2010 08:17 |  #3

Definitely over-exposed.


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May 26, 2010 12:32 |  #4

Overexposed for sure... use levels to bring a better contrast. The eyes should be more in focus.


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May 26, 2010 13:20 |  #5

Certainly appears overexposed to me, if shot in raw, you can try recovering.


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May 26, 2010 13:24 |  #6

thanks for the feedback.
I tried playing with it in ps, but still didn't get the desired result.
Time to setup another shoot




  
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May 26, 2010 14:06 |  #7

Yes. But shooting over exposed is not a bad thing. It reduces noise (signal-to-noise ratio is less than in an under exposed shot). Shoot in RAW and bring back the highlights in PP. Just don't over expose too much (stay away from the far right of a histogram). It's called "right shift" regarding the histogram.


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May 26, 2010 14:17 |  #8

Yes it is overexposed, but like said above that is not necessarily a bad thing. In fashion push processing film can have results that look quite a bit like this. There were also special films you could use to get the same effect. Lots of fashion shooters experimented with overexposing trans films to get such a look. So while it may not be done on purpose, it can have a cool effect. Not every image has to be razor sharp and perfectly exposed, to work.


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May 26, 2010 15:03 |  #9

thank you for the input. It was poor judgement when I placed the softbox too close to the subject forgetting it was on way too much power




  
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May 26, 2010 16:53 |  #10

If you have lost detail, it is too much. Any time you expose to the right, you run a high risk of losing detail in the highlights. I would suggest using an incident meter to get the proper exposure


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May 26, 2010 19:38 |  #11

Assuming that you have photoshop, a b/w conversion will salvage the image as there is still detail left in the colour channels.


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