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| p.1 #9 · Keep me learning. Another portrait attempt |
You ask "Keep me learning". In addition to presenting us with semi-candid photos, if you want to learn portraiture I suggest you take a more intentional approach.
From a "this is what I had to work with" ... "I made the best of it I knew, whadya think?"
I think it is a pleasant image with its softer look, with the foreshortening, bg & light tipping on the nose stealing from it. I do like the lighting orientation that is illuminating her hair, with some specular light and that her face (except for that pesky nose being in a different plane ) is in the more diffuse light. Way easier to pick out the issues (armchair quarterback) after the fact than to see them at the time.
I actually kinda like the approach you took with the lighting and would consider using it again, just watching a bit more closely regarding the nose plane. Posing people is definitely not my forte' so I'll strongly defer there. This is where I think Doug's "intentional approach" is going to present a better return than the "trial & error" most dramatically .. which the concepts can then be "semi-applied" in lesser formal instances as well.
On a different note ... her expression seems to "almost engaging" There seems to be a slight degree of "apprehension" to her. Here again, is one of those areas where "good" portrait photographers know how to get the subject to reveal themselves ... and again, a strong reason why I'm NOT a portrait photographer. I remember reading a post from a fellow FM'er that was doing a portrait session with a businessman.
IIRC, he said that it was about 1 1/2 hours into the session of shooting before the subject finally began to become comfortable enough to relax (or some such word of choice) and the last 1/2 hour was where the "magic" happened. I mention that to point out that varying subjects require varying amounts of "expression extraction" as well as the posing, lighting, etc. issues that a portrait photographer must attend to. As such, the "semi-candid" can be a tough gig, so be judicious as to what standard/expectation you are comparing with/to.
Took a stab at some PP.
I tried to throw some "deplane" the foreshortening @ her nose a bit with some sharpening to the eyes and blur to her nose. Getting a good balance that looks natural is a trick. Same goes with BG blur, etc. They all work together to give the "push/pull" of the eye, so it can take some effort to get it the way you want it and look natural, but I tried to pull us to her eyes. Tweaks on gamma as well. Would like to have a bit more negative space above her to work with. Not sure how well I did, but you get the gist.
Also, a radical crop (if you've got pixels to play with) that kinda caught my attention while I was zoomed in.
As always, S&P to taste.