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Old 31-03-2008, 20:51   #1 (permalink)
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Portrait - Does dark & moody work for you ?

Would appreciate whether people think this form of lighting works or not ?

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Old 31-03-2008, 21:39   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Portrait - Does dark & moody work for you ?

Don't know anything about portraits but it works for me.
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Old 31-03-2008, 22:08   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Portrait - Does dark & moody work for you ?

It's very contrasty. Not keen on the stubble on her chin, or the bags under her eyes, or her grubby looking neck. But her eyes do look beautifully blue.

I'm not overkeen on this lighting, no. There are too many shadows in the wrong places, and to me it's not a flattering portrait.

Just my opinion, but you asked for it
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Re: Portrait - Does dark & moody work for you ?

Not for me Dave, a bit too harsh and unflattering. It might well work for a really gritty shot, perhaps someone older with a 'lived in' face full of wrinkles which has bags of character but not a young lady type shot. Just my own taste of course.

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Re: Portrait - Does dark & moody work for you ?

Unflattering was the first thought for me too.
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Re: Portrait - Does dark & moody work for you ?

How about using a silver reflector.
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Re: Portrait - Does dark & moody work for you ?

Ran it through Tiffen DFX and set it with a silver reflector heres the result.
Removed some of the noise from her face too.


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