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Jan 07, 2009 09:31 |  #1

These two images were taken on assignment in Brussels in recent years. Comments and suggestions for Photoshop improvements are welcome.

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Jan 07, 2009 12:08 |  #2

Image # 1 has some major problems. First your exposure is way off. The highlights on his nose and left cheek are overexposed and the shadows on his right side are underexposed. Also the pose is static and boring with his shoulders turned flat to the camera. The cure? More fill light and a rim light.

The exposure in # 2 is much better but the pose is still very static and we are looking up his nostrils. The camera should have been about 12 to 18 inches higher.

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Jan 07, 2009 13:25 as a reply to  @ Benji's post |  #3

These are great portraits but I don't know if they would be good as a "business" shot unless he is a superhero (not joking). The lighting gives him that classic villainous look which really draws you but I don't know if it would work if he's trying to sell houses or insurance.

Strictly as portraits, these are great and I would hire you in a heartbeat to take mine!


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Jan 07, 2009 13:28 |  #4

What Benji said...


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Jan 07, 2009 13:29 |  #5

Benji wrote in post #7024444 (external link)
Image # 1 has some major problems. First your exposure is way off. The highlights on his nose and left cheek are overexposed and the shadows on his right side are underexposed. Also the pose is static and boring with his shoulders turned flat to the camera. The cure? More fill light and a rim light.

The exposure in # 2 is much better but the pose is still very static and we are looking up his nostrils. The camera should have been about 12 to 18 inches higher.

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Thanks for your comments Benji. The poses were in accoradance with the magazine's requirements. I'm hoping to get a rim light sometime soon - 2009 xmas wish list maybe.


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Jan 09, 2009 13:56 |  #6

samoan_ridah wrote in post #7025062 (external link)
These are great portraits but I don't know if they would be good as a "business" shot unless he is a superhero (not joking). The lighting gives him that classic villainous look which really draws you but I don't know if it would work if he's trying to sell houses or insurance.

Strictly as portraits, these are great and I would hire you in a heartbeat to take mine!

Thanks for your kind words. One of the other portrait photos I took went onto a magazine cover... and as a matter of fact, the subject is a superhero :cool:


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Jan 09, 2009 15:35 |  #7

I find the lighting to be off for both of them, especially the first one but I don't like the composition of the second one..it's like I'm looking right into his nostril.

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