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Bright, crisp, headshots. How?

 
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Jan 29, 2013 09:55 |  #1

As per the title really. I view a lot of photographs all over the place and one thing I can't grasp, is how they are so bright and vibrant and crisp. There are a few photographers on here who's work is like this and it's fantastic. I have a few saved in my 'Favourite Photographers' folder too so i can view their sites for inspiration, yet I can't seem to get there. I know I need to go out and practise, practise, practise. That goes without saying, but it would be good to have a starting point. Some sort of idea how to achieve the look.

One of the examples would be some of the headshots by this chap....

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I would love some pointers from you experienced folk on here please. :)


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Jan 30, 2013 15:36 |  #2

It's really all about proper lighting. It would be helpful if you could post one of your examples so that we can see exactly where the weak point is and what needs improved. Not knowing exactly where your having problems makes it difficult to give advice.




  
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Jan 31, 2013 05:41 |  #3

jra wrote in post #15553190 (external link)
It's really all about proper lighting. It would be helpful if you could post one of your examples so that we can see exactly where the weak point is and what needs improved. Not knowing exactly where your having problems makes it difficult to give advice.

Thanks for your reply. Your right, I should have posted an example. This is my most recent one and whilst it is 'ok', it doesn't have that 'pow' that other peoples has.

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Jan 31, 2013 09:09 |  #4

That picture looks nice, nice enough that I still can't determine what POW it's missing.

Perhaps link to a picture that has the qualities you want in yours now?


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Jan 31, 2013 09:16 |  #5

I checked out Michael Roud's headshots, and half of them are out of focus. I don't know what you're looking for, but your headshot's better than a bunch of his. I think you're just being too critical on your own work :D


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Jan 31, 2013 09:29 |  #6

I'm no expert but I'll offer my 2c. I love the clarity, sharpness and the colour. Also, separation from the background. My issue with it is that my eye constantly is attracted to the sleeve/cuff instead of staying on her face. As the sleeve is in focus and the cuff is so whilte, I think they are a distraction.

Oh, and I really like the way the background picks up the colour of her eyes.


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Jan 31, 2013 19:21 |  #7

Pretty girl, I do like the portrait but for a headshot I do have some concerns. Not sure what your exposure was here and why the cuff on the sleeve is blown out and yet your skin tones look ok? Hand placement is always critical here it's a distraction and really shouldn't be there. Nice light in the eyes. The stray hairs should be cloned out. I would saturate the eyes abit.

Check out Peter Hurley's work: http://peterhurley.com​/ (external link) Hopefully that will help out.


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Feb 01, 2013 01:25 as a reply to  @ Ernst-Ulrich Schafer's post |  #8

Thanks for your comments and feedback. I see what you mean about the cuff, although it is definitely not blown out. Bright yes and I can see why you are drawn to it but it's not it isn't blown. It wasn't shot as a headshot like the ones I would like to do so possibly a bad comparison. As in, I wouldn't want to clone the stray hairs etc from that portrait. I have seen Pete Hurleys work before. His headshots are superb, but all studio based. I really like his portrait stuff too, which have a lot more of the environment in.


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Feb 01, 2013 23:38 |  #9

I'm sorry, What do you mean, the white cuff is not blown out? I see NO DETAIL there! Actually your exposure seems to be on the overexposed side.


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Feb 02, 2013 00:01 |  #10

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote in post #15562799 (external link)
I'm sorry, What do you mean, the white cuff is not blown out? I see NO DETAIL there! Actually your exposure seems to be on the overexposed side.

There is plenty of detail in the cuff. Is your monitor calibrated correctly?

I would like to see it darker because as you said, the eye is drawn to it, however.


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Feb 02, 2013 03:22 |  #11

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote in post #15562799 (external link)
I'm sorry, What do you mean, the white cuff is not blown out? I see NO DETAIL there! Actually your exposure seems to be on the overexposed side.

There's definitely detail visible there. It is bright yes, I agree, however, your the only person who has said it is blown and has no detail there, even when I posted it in it's original thread a few weeks ago. The image is bright in general, which is how I tend to take them. You mention the exposure seems to be on the 'overexposed' side, but there's no rule that says every shot has to be metered as the 'rules' suggest? But that wasn't what this thread was about, although I do appreciate your input. :)

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There is plenty of detail in the cuff. Is your monitor calibrated correctly?

I would like to see it darker because as you said, the eye is drawn to it, however.

Thanks for the confirmation Mike. I too can see detail.


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Feb 02, 2013 09:42 |  #12

Well my apologize then, maybe it's my monitor.


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Feb 03, 2013 19:32 |  #13

Well dang. If my portraits and head shots looked like yours I'd be in heaven! Beautiful work!

As everyone has said though, the cuff is a little bright. :)


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Feb 05, 2013 06:23 |  #14

KatieMarie99 wrote in post #15569062 (external link)
Well dang. If my portraits and head shots looked like yours I'd be in heaven! Beautiful work!

As everyone has said though, the cuff is a little bright. :)

Thank you, but I still can't help but feel there's something missing. Something I am not getting.


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Feb 05, 2013 06:44 |  #15

gazmorton2000 wrote in post #15563123 (external link)
...The image is bright in general, which is how I tend to take them...

It's a pretty fair bet that your answer is right there.
Making an image too bright/over-exposing will tend to wash out finer details and make it look flat.

The image you posted looks sharp enough, but here face lacks definition because it lacks contrast, the colours don't look that great and personally, I'm not a great fan of the vignette.


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