New Workshop! Lighting 3 | Advanced Off Camera Flash

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Exif Data
  • 85.0 mm f/1.4
  • f/1.9
  • 85mmmm
  • 160

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  1. Matthew Saville

    What a solid shot, Latisha! Very well done. Lighting is at just the right angle for great shadows and yet a perfect catch light in the eye, focus and sharpness is wonderful and the background is great, skin tone processing is nice and neutral for a professional business type headshot…

    The only thing that comes to mind is, since the depth of field is so shallow, and everything else in the shot is so flawlessly well-done, …it actually looks like he’s standing in a studio against a backdrop! I know this is a weird sounding critique at first, to say that your photo is so perfect that it’s actually a problem, but it’s something that I’ve noticed in certain types of images in many years of critiques. The solution is actually to stop down the aperture even more, so that the background seems a little more discernible, and therefore “connects” the subject with the scene. It doesn’t have to be much, maybe just f/2.8 or f/4 instead of ~f/2, but it can help.

    Alternately, when offering this type of portrait as a professional photographer, I’d give a client like this the variety of also shooting this same type of amazing portrait against a plain white background, (even if it’s just a wall or something; doesn’t have to be in a studio) …so that they can have it for professional use if they need it.

    Either way, very well done! There’s not much to critique about this shot. Thanks for sharing.

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    Matthew Saville

    One final thing I’m noticing is, the crop is right through one of his shirt buttons; I’d go just above or below that. :-)

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  3. Latisha Willis

    Thank you so much.  Interestingly, the client was not fond of the shallow dof either.  We had other shots but I love his expression in this image.  I will fix the crop.  Thanks again.

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