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I like this but I don't love it. How can I improve it?
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • f/2.8
  • 200mm
  • 1/320
  • 100

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Crystal Youhana

    Hi Niki, I think this is a great portrait.  I think that the first thing that comes to mind is that the lighting is somewhat flat and although it may be flattering to a woman to even out imperfections I feel like it can become a little boring.  There is something that I cant quite pinpoint in the highlights on her face that is not quite right. Could be me… did you do corrections in post to the highlights?  

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  2. Niki Roberts

    Hi Crystal, I think you’re totally right about the light….it is boring. I took the photo in open shade and maybe the light is too flat. Maybe a reflector would have helped? 

    I used a soft colour preset from SLR lounge, which reduces the highlights but when I undid the preset the light was still boring…

    Thanks again for your perspective, it is really helpful!

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  3. Matthew Saville

    Hi Niki,

    I think that the flat lighting is a decision that you might want to make together with the client, while they’re on location. When shooting natural light like this, sometimes you can just change the angle of the shot and have the natural light fall on their face at a slight angle.

    Then, just show the client the two sample images on the back of the camera, and ask them which they like! It’s great to get that kind of feedback from clients in the field.

    I think the shot is great overall and since it’s a pretty straightforward headshot, there’s not much else to critique since you did a great job on processing it nice and warm overall. The client should be totally happy with a shot like this…

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  4. Andy Krieger

    I like it, but I miss the depth that even small shadows would create simply by lighting from more to the side. She looks great and professional but I like to see a little more dimension.

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  5. Niki Roberts

    Thank you Matthew, I hadn’t thought to change the angle of the subject to the light. That might have helped!

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    • Matthew Saville

      Remember, it never hurts to shoot both and deliver both, or shoot both and show the client right then and there!

      I personally used to be scared to show clients images on the back of the camera, because I felt they were’nt polished enough, but once I did start showing them images, I started getting a lot better at making them super happy with the final results!

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