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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Candi


Candi is the owner of franchise magazine who's target audience is people who are looking for more natural, holistic health options. She was looking for head shots to us for the magazine.

I'm looking for any and all C&C...lighting, composition, post processing...anything you got. I can learn from it all!

Diane




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Nov 08, 2017 at 05:29 PM
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Of the group, I like the next to last (red) and last best as far as posing and expression goes.

I would have liked to see you key light higher. It would have created a deeper shadow on her neck which would define her chin. I think her shoulders could have been turned more.

I think this kind of image would work OK as a small image to go with a "From the Publisher" kind of article usually found on the front page. I think this kind of traditional business portrait is out of style nowadays, with most folks going with a more natural, environmental type image.



Nov 08, 2017 at 07:19 PM
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I'm going to go with the first shot. The body position and more forward lean are much more engaging and direct. Also, it's better lit. My first reaction to the others, after looking at the first, is that they're a bit under-exposed. Look particularly at her teeth. The first image has a great smile, while the rest could use some additional light, or maybe some additional post work. I'm not usually a fan of receding poses, as evident in the second shot. Just my two cents...


Nov 09, 2017 at 12:03 AM
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I agree with dmacmillan. I'd add that I think #1 would have been better with a reflector rather than another light (looks unmodified) camera right; I think two catchlights looks a little odd.


Nov 09, 2017 at 02:03 AM
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Her skin is really soft, so it can take on a higher ratio light like Doug suggested. I do agree with Steve on the poses though, I like No. 1 the best.

I also agree with Doug on the natural headshots being more popular these days.



Nov 09, 2017 at 02:42 AM
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Nice results.
Comparing #1 and #2 I wondered if a light didn't fire in #2. I see two catchlights in #1 (Large one and a tiny one). Also the light levels are quite different, #2 being darker with aperture and shutter speed the same.

The larger catchlight would improve the others shots, IMO.



Nov 09, 2017 at 07:13 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Candi


Such great C & C from everyone!

I definitely can see how using a higher key light would help a great deal in defining the chin and jawline. I am also hearing that I can easily lift the light a fair amount in these images.

My eyes don't seem to assess lighting very well yet, but I am not giving up. So that said, any suggestions about how to think about lighting is always very helpful. What sort of questions should I be asking myself when I look at an image to help me decide to increase or decrease my lighting? I am now totally bugged by the catch lights in these shots! I did switch the strength of my lighting in these shots from one side to the other. I now know that I should have MOVED the lights instead.


As for the shoulders being rotated more, is there a rule of thumb to go by that might help?

On the topic of the style of the shot being dated, I agree. I had discussed taking outside head shots as the magazine boasts a more natural lifestyle, but she flatly refused. It's interesting to me how this particular client sees these portraits of herself as "more relaxed". She chatted away about how the previous ones she had done by another photographer were "more formal". She wanted these to be "more relaxed" so she was wearing blue and red and more natural makeup, and she thought a white background would be best this time.


Awareness sparks the desire to change. This is one of the things I love about posting here...I am always given food for thought.

As always, thank you Doug, Steve, Ernie, Ron and Jim for your time and talents!

Diane





Nov 09, 2017 at 05:56 PM
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One of the books I really like is The Complete Guide To Light & Lighting In Digital Photography by Michael Freeman.


Nov 10, 2017 at 03:50 AM
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Thanks Ernie. I'll check that book out.


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I'll also vote for #1


Nov 17, 2017 at 12:28 AM
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Thank you CW100.

Diane



Nov 17, 2017 at 02:57 AM
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#1 is the best. It has the best over-all composition and the lighting is the best.
#2 looks slightly underexposed and is cropped a bit loose for this type of headshot.
#3, the skin looks too smooth and she has shiny spots ...otherwise this would be the best shot ... you do have something on your background to the left of her head that needs to be cloned out.
#4 lacks the pop of #1 or #3

Final verdict, use #1 or fix up #3 slightly and go with that.




Nov 17, 2017 at 09:18 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Candi


Andre Labonte - Thank you for taking the time to provide me with such specific feedback. I find it most helpful!


Nov 20, 2017 at 05:48 PM
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Here are a couple of random additional thoughts on headshots... First, I always ask about the intended use of the headshot. Unless it's a generic headshot for a range of different uses, you can let the intended use of the headshot drive some of your creative decisions for a specific headshot. For example, in this case, the use is for (1) a magazine focusing on (2) an audience of people interested in natural, holistic health options. So I'd ask whether the fact that the image is to be published in a magazine is important or not (i.e. is it a tiny thumbnail or a more prominent image getting more "real estate" than a thumbnail). Knowing that, I'd then ask if the "look" of the headshot should convey something about how the person relates to the audience. That might drive a decision on whether an environmental portrait, either outdoors or indoors, is preferred over a studio portrait with a white backdrop.

Once that's decided, then the next question I'd ask is what kind of posing works for the intended use. In the first image above, the one I preferred, the pose suggests confidence and authority, along with approachability, which is always good. It's a forward-leaning pose that conveys self-confidence. It is, as others have mentioned, a more classic (conventional), look. Some people prefer the more receding, backward-leaning pose, which (I guess) tends to convey a more relaxed, friendly emotion. While I prefer the first pose, it's a conscious decision that the client and photographer should make together, grounded in the intended use of the photograph.

Next, as to lighting, the same considerations are made. What is the intended message the headshot is designed to convey? Is it open, bright and inviting? Or is it mysterious, dramatic, and/or moody? For a business portrait, the former is almost always preferred. (Do you want your accountant or your doctor to look menacing?) For an actor, maybe the latter, though an actor typically has several versions from which to choose, based (again) on the intended use.

Lastly, some have commented on the multiple catchlights in a well-lit portrait. There's no law that says multiple catchlights are wrong. But if you or the client thinks they're distracting, a simple cloning will remove the offending catchlights. Conversely, some headshots are accentuated by multiple catchlights. It's another creative decision for you to make with your clients.



Nov 21, 2017 at 07:03 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Candi


Steve Wylie - I very much appreciate your thought process being spelled out here. I had many of these thoughts running through my head by not in an organized manner, and I barely touched upon them with my client. I asked what it would be used for but then fluffed over it and proceeded to use the white background as she had ask for when booking her session. I let he tell me what she wanted rather than guiding her through a process that you best identify her needs. I'm anxious for my next head shot to work on this! Thank you for your time and for sharing your talent with me and those who read this.

Diane



Nov 22, 2017 at 04:11 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Candi


Diane, great job. One of the hardest tasks of a portraitist, aside from capturing their best side, is to align with the subject's mental idea of style. The photographer needs to be as creative as possible. Check out my (not so good) attempt to replace the background
Here.



Nov 23, 2017 at 07:10 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Candi


Thanks for the rework suggestion. It always fascinates me how changing one thing can change the outcome so much. I think this client would have been much better served with a more natural looking background due to her magazine audience, but she wanted white and that was that.

I sometimes wonder how much of a disservice I am doing myself when I cater too much to a customer verses doing what I want to do and letting that be that.



Nov 24, 2017 at 11:42 PM







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