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Feb 28, 2017 17:19 |  #1

This portrait is based on Portra 800. Did some work in Lightroom and Photoshop. Would love some advice on what works and what could be improved.

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Mar 01, 2017 07:04 |  #2

My first thought is that her face is featureless. That is, it has the same color, light and lack of texture from chin to forehead and cheek to cheek.....even down onto her neck and chest. Then some reality comes in on her right, our left, in the shadows, with a little color and texture.

The blown out background on the right is pretty distracting as well.


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Mar 01, 2017 08:27 as a reply to  @ saea501's post |  #3

Thank you. Ok, so maybe tone down the softening a bit next time?


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Mar 01, 2017 16:06 |  #4

I like it. Pretty girl, pleasant expression. The blown out background seems popular in portraits these days, it is not my choice but it doesn't bother me.

Was this actually shot on film or did you add the effect in post? The reason I ask, is this photo seems kind of cool. In my limited film experience I would've expected a warmer look. I may be wrong.




  
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Mar 01, 2017 19:22 as a reply to  @ c eless's post |  #5

Thank you. Yes, I did cool the photo down a little bit. It wasn't actual film, but I do shoot film and love it. I used Mastin presets to emulate Portra 800. I did also fix the yellow hue in the shadow on her neck.


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Mar 03, 2017 18:55 |  #6

Looks good. Don't mind the blowout at all.


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Mar 03, 2017 19:25 |  #7

I like the blown-out background, but agree she is still a bit flat-lit.

Perhaps some gentle contouring via dodge and burn may help?


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Mar 03, 2017 22:54 as a reply to  @ 98kellrs's post |  #8

Excellent point. Bring up the shadows maybe?


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Mar 03, 2017 23:07 |  #9

Don't do a global adjustment, would need to be brushed in via PS without introducing a colour cast.

Also, take a soft brush and just smooth out the edge of her face on the right side of the image, those tiny hairs are creating quite a harsh jagged outline.


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Mar 08, 2017 14:39 |  #10

Lovely portrait and unless she is a pixil peeper, She will probably be happy with it.

As some one who is having a hard time transitioning from the chemical darkroom to the digital darkroom I like seeing what other people are doing. Why choose the Portra 800? Just the specific look of the film?




  
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Mar 08, 2017 14:46 |  #11

Is there something odd going on with the shadow on the wall behind her? It looks jagged, maybe like the blacks have been crushed way down or something to me. It also seems a touch on the cool side to me.

Otherwise I don't see much to complain about. The posing is good, her expression is nice, and I don't mind the blown highlights on the right side of the frame.


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Mar 10, 2017 20:19 |  #12

Like the face area. The rest is okay, but the faded hair in the background almost looks more deteriorated than blurred. Cropping some of the photo on the top may give less of a cone-head look. Maybe crop half way between what you should and her hair line.


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Mar 11, 2017 20:00 |  #13

I like it.

Good things -
Color grading is a personal choice and I think the blue shadows works nicely here for that cool / model-ly vibe.
Skin touchup looks fantastic
Great expression and pretty model, lovely eyes
Looks like you have some grain in there, I like that.

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Personally I would have worked harder pulling in the hair around the overexposed areas. Specifically at the low points of the waves.

There is a certain amount of color flatness in the face. I think bringing out the cheeks & lips would help tremendously and maybe dodge the eyes slightly to make them more prominent.

Maybe desaturate the yellow around her hair at the neckline.

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Mar 13, 2017 08:14 |  #14

Thank you so much for the C&C everyone. I chose Portra 800 because I like the look of film. I will also be shooting a Mamiya 645AF on side with my Nikon. I did try to clean up the yellow on her neck. Does it show?


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