Originally Posted by jimmyd
pretty much everything black in your image is shiny black, e.g., hair, corset, chair. don't fret with shiny black like you would or should with light-absorbing, non-reflective, flat black. .
Jimmy, could you elaborate a bit on that? I'm not quite sure what you mean... her dress definitely was very absorbant. When I first used a softbox on the corset (the main thing I wanted to "show off" for her), it was way too soft, so I chose to use a more "hard" light and that really brought the corset out.
As for the skin, I could tone it down a bit... this was a first cut.
Originally Posted by thepro
I think the back ground is ok, because of the mood you are creating. Goth is suposed to be dark!
I was mainly asking if the skin had too much of a "smoothing" look to it. I tried to do it just a tad, maybe too much still though. I'm sensitive to overprocessed plasticy skin. I think the background is fine too, plenty of separation etc, even for the black couch.