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07/10/2005 02:19:22 AM · #1
O.K. Here's the thing. I promised myself I'd do some portraiture photography. So....took a self portrait today and I'm asking for
comments please and thankyou

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07/10/2005 02:20:55 AM · #2
focus seems a bit soft and it's wierd that the right eye is so bathed in shadow, but otherwise it's got good tones and a good pose.

ps -- you're ugly. :P
07/10/2005 02:30:05 AM · #3
You're ugly, dude. Feel better now?

As for the image, there's a weird, spectral quality to the focus and tonalities, I assume it's intentional. It all seems a little murky to me, but that's a matter of taste as much as anything.

R.
07/10/2005 02:34:25 AM · #4
Muck's right...the DOF is so shallow that your hair is in focus and it's left your face a bit soft. Since you're using a tripod you can afford to bump your aperture down to F8 - F16 and get more depth and sharper focus.

as for the lighting it's pretty strong on the left of the photo. Maybe use a bit of fill light - even just a desk lamp or something coming from low on the right (your left) to fill in some of the shadows.

Of course, if I had any hair I'd focus on that too.

P-ness
07/10/2005 02:36:54 AM · #5
I'm gonna work on this. The dof was good. I was farting around with P.S. and tried to "soften" the front edge of my face.
Went overboard on that one.
Deep set eyes..are maddening creates dark shadows and little detail around the eyes. The fill light is a good idea Pedro..thx.
07/10/2005 02:43:45 AM · #6
it's young-brando-esque.
07/10/2005 02:51:51 AM · #7
O.K.
Here is a less altered version. Still doesn't address the darkness and loss of details in the eyes.
It really is all about controlling light isn't it.

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07/10/2005 02:57:25 AM · #8
Yeah that's MUCH better. And yes, it's ALL about controlling (or workign with) the light.

Robt.
07/10/2005 02:59:26 AM · #9
less altered is way better. i would try selecting just your eyes and lightening up the levels so the viewer can connect with you.
07/10/2005 03:02:12 AM · #10
Originally posted by behindthescenes:

less altered is way better. i would try selecting just your eyes and lightening up the levels so the viewer can connect with you.


I just tried that; on this posted version there's ZERO detail in the darkest areas, nothing to work with. I donno abou tthe original though. Since he's experimenting with portraiture, the solution here is to set it up again and light it with some fill to soften those eyes up.

Robt.
07/10/2005 03:07:28 AM · #11
yes a light specifically for the eyes. by the way, has anyone seen the article on pop photo and imaging about the playboy photographer. the guy uses like 60 lights to do the centerfold. wish i had 1 light.. cant imagine 60..
07/10/2005 03:12:54 AM · #12
Yeah I saw that. What a chaotic environment! It seems borderline ridiculous to me...

Robt.
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