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Old 04-27-2005, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is a headshot that I did for a MUA last weekend. I would love to get your feedback. It's not a traditional type of headshot (senior portrait look) but I really like the shot (I think it's one of my personal bests). I would like your feedback on any aspect of the image but I am especially interested in the cropping and composition. I was trying to go for a look like a makeup print ad. The model had perfect skin so I wanted to take advantage of it. I know that I have some hot spots but it was impossible to control them with the equipment that I had brought to the location. There are also slightly dark areas under her eyes that are intensified by the resizing - these are not apparent in the full size image.

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Mostly cloudy sky (around noon) with white foamcore reflector directed to the right of the models face about chest high.

Canon 300D in AE mode, 70-200 f4 lens at f4, ISO 100

The image is completely unretouched except for resizing and slight crop off of the bottom of the picture to make a 9 x 12 print.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Herb

Model: Ansley
MUA: Kimberly Cotto

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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-27-2005, 04:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Too much crop her left eyes.

You need the complete detail of the eyes.



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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-27-2005, 05:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Eyes are out of focus. It appears that the hair was the focus point. If the eyes were sharp this would be a nice shot.
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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-27-2005, 01:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks. I noticed it was off a little. I figured that I might be able to recover it with some sharpening. I was actually standing outside the rail of a fire escape staircase about 15 feet off of the ground. I initially locked the focus on her eye but might have lost it while trying to recompose the shot and maintain my balance.

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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-27-2005, 01:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, Paolo.

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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-27-2005, 04:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The image is completely unretouched except for resizing and slight crop off of the bottom of the picture to make a 9 x 12 print.

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you might want to do a bit of retouching.... make that post-processing. for instance, i think some curves or levels adjust is in order and you definitely need to sharpen this a bit-- the eyes look a bit soft.

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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-27-2005, 08:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you, Jimmy.

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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-28-2005, 08:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I know that I have some hot spots but it was impossible to control them with the equipment that I had brought to the location.

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You didn't bring a camera? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] expose for the "hot spots" and use the foamcore to open up the shadows.

By closing down your lens a stop it may have taken care of the fringing (chromatic aberration?) you are getting off of her dark top.

Cropping and posing work for me... since the eyes are soft, soften the hair instead of trying to sharpen the eyes.

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tip about softening the hair instead of sharpening the eyes. I never thought about trying that.

The "shininess" in the top was actually the material - it was some kind of microfiber or silk blend. And the exposure was difficult to control because the light conditions were changing rapidly. I was actually doing as you suggested with the exposure but by the time I focused and recomposed it would change. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] I guess that's one of the challenges with shooting on an extremely windy (gusts over 30 mph) partly cloudy day.

Thanks again for your comments and suggestions.

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Re: Headshot - going for makeup ad look
Old 04-28-2005, 12:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Exposure control, outside, is one of the reason I like working in the studio... I am a bit of a control freak. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] or I bring my flash outside.

The distortion I am talking about is along the edge of the fabric were it meets the skin... when you are shooting a lens wide open you get a distortion on sharp edges. Different colours of light focus at different spots on the film plane ( or CCD or what ever )

You can see this on her shoulder were you get a dark line on the skin, then a darker line on the fabric, then a lighter line on the fabric. If and when you add sharpening to the image this will be more pronounced. You may want to mask these edges out if you sharpen the image.

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