FJ LOVE wrote in post #13871643
i know i will get flamed by some but i have to say it because i'm honest
there is so much processing going on here this beautiful girl now looks animated to compensate
for hot lighting from your rim/hair lights, you really need to start metering these lights
her right ear has no detail at all compared to her left ear, the hairlight is to hot on her left side (blown out)
if you spend more time to nail the lighting you will have less time spent processing
thanks for chiming in, no flaming taken, nor flaming back.. full discussion objectively
i can understand you think i blew out the hair high lights. and maybe i did to a certain level, probably beyond the technical levels if i were doing classic head shots or school pictures for a year book or so.. but with what i wanted in the end, i had bump up the highlights a tad get what i wanted in the end.. maybe i didn't need to, maybe i needed to do more?
i agree with you on the processing.. i took about 2 hours to do the processing to the way i liked it.. but since it took that long, i now know how to do it.. i was following some tutorial video to create a saturated, glowy look.. but it learning too..
also i don't have a meter.. probably won't buy one because i think kinda expensive, and my opinion is all or most serious strobist don't use them because it hinders their creativity, i think most buy them and use them, and from there, the meters just stays in the bag after the users fully understands light, settings, etc.
here is the SOOC image, i don't like posting these, but just wanted you too see what i started out with..
my goals with this images wasn't to make a technically correct image, it was to make art. to make something with my vision and something with originality. i wanted impact and not something that everybody else does.. (pretty sure my portfolio has illustrated this same flow)
anyways.. art is art.
a quote that totally relates to this discussion
"Do you think anyone in photography really creates new concepts or are we just re-using the same things in different ways that someone else has shot at some point in the past?
I think new concepts are being created in the post processing genera of photography all the time. The way light and colors can be manipulated completely changes the feel of the photo vs the way it came out of the camera.
Ways to take a photograph has been beaten over and over, and there are only so many ways to light up a subject and all iterations have been exhausted. So it leaves innovations in Post processing, Compositions, and the ART of photography lays with the Artist him or her self.. (the jaw dropping photo created in the artist mind is conceived way before the actual lighting set up is done and the execution of the conceived photo is the easy part.. then the post processing becomes the signature of each Artist.)
So short answer is yes.. new concepts are being created only in the sense of the Art and Conceived Concepts, throw in post processing and you will get an infinite New Concepts in photography."