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Thread: High Contrast Portrait
02-05-2007, 11:35 PM #1
High Contrast Portrait
What do you think of this image for state competition?
02-06-2007, 01:20 AM #2
This is a nice image, Where are you from? Have you entered before? Is your state an affialiated judging? I ask because I can't see any details of where you are located in your profile and this would have answered most of these questions. I believe this image to be in the above average catagory - say a 78 or so. To me it is a little hard to tell from the low res file here but I feel it is a bit flat as far as lighting is concerned. This image could go as a vert or horz. I feel that if you want it to be a horz. I would have cropped in a bit more off the bottom. If you were to go vert. I would lose the left side. I do not feel that there is a huge difference either way.
Why the blur into her hair on the left and lower portions and just a wee bit on the right side of the image? To me I would leave the blur off if possible at least from the hair and burn the shaddows of camera left side of the hair, it fades away a bit too much. I feel that the image size could come down a bit as in a 16x20 the head size is larger than life. Then position it on the presentation in the upper R corner with a fine stroke around the orginal file to frame it and give it a finished presentation. I am not good at titles but a good title would help this image.
KeithKeith A. Howe
02-06-2007, 03:38 PM #3
I am from MA and I entered comp for the first time last year. I scored in the high 70's on 5 prints. I agree the lighting is a bit flat but I thought it worked for the high key ness of the image, and htat maybe it worked as it is different. Maybe I am wrong. I will try your suggestions and post back. Thanks.
02-06-2007, 04:07 PM #4
One thought ...
A lot of photographers think they have a good ratio, when doing hi-key, only to discover that all that light bouncing around fills in the shadows they made.
One suggestion for you ... instead of using a softbox, umbrella, or even a parabolic as the key light ... try using a grid-spot. This will help you create a good ratio and keep it. Light from it only strikes where you point it. Using a parabolic, with barn doors, is another good way to go. Both will give you excellent spectral highlights ... which you don't get from other light modifiers.
02-06-2007, 04:34 PM #5
That image was all natural light. I have 5 windows and my walls are ivory. She is positioned in a corner with white walls on either side and blow her. Thus the filling in of shadows.How could I create the same effect, darken one of the walls (or prop a black board)?
02-06-2007, 05:20 PM #6
Subtractive lighting ...
Ok, with your set-up, if you use a black reflector you can deepen the shadows. It's the same as you would use for subtractive lighting outdoors. Leon Kennamer used to do a terrific program on using black reflectors as did Dean Collins.
02-07-2007, 04:52 AM #7
02-08-2007, 05:03 PM #8
I do have more images from the session that have better lighting where I used a black backdrop and not the white corner. I was not drawn to them as much as the one I posted though. Should I just forget this one for com because of the flatness?
02-08-2007, 05:38 PM #9
Enter or not ...
Entering competition is how you learn. I would see what the judges say during the competition and also during the print critques.
02-08-2007, 10:08 PM #10