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May 04, 2010 18:05 |  #1

I was asked by a coworker of mine to shoot his wife's head shot for her new business' website. Taken quickly in their backyard. Sigma 50mm f/1.4, 430ex bounced off of a foam core board with natural light for fill.

Any C&C is welcome for future head shots.

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May 04, 2010 18:24 |  #2

Her white shirt and nose seem blown out on my monitor, and the white balance seems a bit cold + magenta. Also, you may want to avoid looking past her shirt for a business profile. But I dont know much about these kinds of shoots.. so..


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May 04, 2010 18:46 as a reply to  @ corey.b's post |  #3

I agree with you, her shirt IS blown out, and that little ripple in her shirt kinda got me as well, so good eye picking those two problems out. Sadly there's not much I could do with that ripple, though I think it still covers everything sufficiently. As far as the blown out white shirt, I tried and tried to keep that within limits, but sadly nothing I did would bring that back.

As far as the color, I'll play around with it some and take a look. Thanks for the comments!


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May 04, 2010 19:16 |  #4

Great eyes and smile, natural portrait


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May 04, 2010 22:34 |  #5

Shirt is pretty blown out like others have said. Seems a bit blue to me as well.


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May 04, 2010 22:55 |  #6

Nice smile.

But looks like trouble after that. Eyes are a bit soft though hair seems to be over sharp, especially around the edges making it look a bit messy. Teeth, neck and blouse are blown out. She appears to be pretty light in skin tone. You might want to go inside and shoot in front of a big window to get a softer look.


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May 05, 2010 08:09 as a reply to  @ RickRitz's post |  #7

Hector: thanks for the comment!

Oppositeday: Hopefully I'll get some time to tinker with it today and correct the color. Sadly the shirt is a lost cause.

RickRitz: I'll see what I can do to reign in some of the whites from being so out of control. The eyes are simply a product of the resolution. They're tack sharp on the RAW file. The reason the hair looks a bit messy and sharp around the edges is because, per her request, she wanted me to clone out the fly-aways in her hair, but I can definitely see where you get what you're seeing!


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May 05, 2010 08:32 |  #8

It's a really nice shot for a first attempt. Depth of field is really nice and background is pleasant and not to cluttered.
As has already been pointed out and you are well aware there are blown highlights. Did you use a reflector or flash bottom left of shot? I can see catch lights in the eyes but it seems that is where a lot of the blown highlights come from I only say this asunder the chin isn't usually a highlight area.


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May 05, 2010 08:43 as a reply to  @ Terry_Hill's post |  #9

Thanks Terry!

I have zero lighting equipment aside from a 430ex, so I do the best with what I have. That being said, the only lighting used for this pic is the 430ex attached to the camera via OC-E2 cord which was bounced off of a piece of white foam core board which was on camera right. The sun was behind her to camera left (cringe, I know, I didn't like it either). Hopefully this helps answer some things for you and anyone else wondering.

What I think really blew the highlights was that it was taken in absolute shade with the sun lapping at her shoulder and collar. I'll definitely be more conscious about how/where the person is positioned next time!


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May 05, 2010 19:50 |  #10

Great shot for a first attempt but as mentioned be careful with the whites set your camera to tell you if the shot is blown or not this will help you solve the problem while still with the model rather than trying to solve it in post.


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May 05, 2010 21:48 as a reply to  @ Slaterza's post |  #11

Will do and thanks! I've been putting off learning to really understand histograms, so I guess before next time I'll take some time to learn em! haha.


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May 05, 2010 21:52 |  #12

You could probably dial her back about a half to 2/3 of a stop.

The blouse is what it is being white but her face is a little too washed out.


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May 05, 2010 22:03 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #13

Thanks Jay. I took a sec to just dial it back like you suggested (though I know I could probably take it back more if I had to, but I still want to give a light and airy feel to the pic) as well as warmed it up a bit, and I gotta say, looks a lot better aside from all of my other mistakes!

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May 06, 2010 00:52 |  #14

Nice improvement.


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May 06, 2010 15:22 |  #15

I have no idea if you tried but I'm wondering if you would have had enough light just using the foam core reflector bouncing back into her face as the sun seems to be giving a nice gloss as a hair light.

With flash, to get best results, it is often best not to trust the settings the camera gives you but shoot one with the cameras settings then chimp for blinkys (set your play back to show over exposed highlights) and then use exposure compensation on the flash to get the image you want.


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