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Any comments to help improve my headshot craft - thanks!
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
  • f/5.6
  • 200mm
  • 1/200
  • 125

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Magdalena Images

    I feel like this needs more contrast, specially if photographing a man. Try going out late in the day and getting more shadows and lights on his face or using a reflector, speedlight or something to make face a bit more edgy.

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  2. Alexandra Martinez

    Many thanks for your input – it makes good sense and will keep that in mind going forward.

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  3. Matthew Saville

    I don’t mind the flat look, however I do think that the contrast and tones could be massaged a little bit more. The whole image might look better if it were a touch brighter, but then with the darkest shadows reduced again to be near-black as well. 

    Other than that I like the overall shot, although I do think it is a touch blurry, and I would have tried using 1/400 sec instead fo 1/200 for that particular camera and focal lenght. Just bump the ISO up, and embrace the “grain” of ISO 200 or 400…

    Last but not least, I don’t know how much I like the angle; I’d probably keep it but reduce it ever so slightly.

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  4. Alexandra Martinez

    Thanks very much for your valuable input Matthew! Is grain above ISO200 a direct result of having a cropped sensor? 

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    • Matthew Saville

      The crop sensor isn’t so much the problem, until you get to ISO 1600 or ISO 3200, however the 60D itself is one of the older cameras, that is likely more to blame.  Having said that, evne on the 60D, I would be happy to shoot at ISO 200 or 400, as long as the exposure is correct. Use “ETTR” and check your histogram, and you should be fine! A little bit of noise reduction and you’re good to go. :-)

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  5. Danielle Cundiff

    Alexandra, I think you’ve done a great job here!

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