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I've just started using the SLR Lightroom presets and I really like them. This preset is my new fave! Do you think it works for portraits?
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • f/2.8
  • 70mm
  • 1/100
  • 100

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Hi Niki! Thanks for sharing this image here in the SLR Lounge Premium critique section. I’m liking the overall vibe, and I think the special processing (not sure which exact preset?) you applied looks great and goes well with the backdrop and wardrobe’s cool, cold vibe. You could try slightly different white balances and see if warmer (or even cooler) works better, but this might be the sweet spot. The only other thing I can think of is that the skin tones are indeed getting a little bright, for a studio portrait, meaning I could totally imagine this type of processing looking great for an outdoor scene with matching light-blue/cool scenery, but here in the studio I feel like my eyes kinda expect a more correct exposure on the skin tones.

    Of course, that could just be me spending so many years doing things that way in-studio vs on-location, and this personal preference is really just a style decision. Hopefully though my sharing these causal thoughts will help you continue to think creatively in the future!

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  2. Niki Roberts

    Hi Matthew, You’re right, I think I over exposed her skin! I will correct that.

    She is outside, near the ocean, but in the shade. I appreciate your feedback. I have been dreaming of taking portraits professionally outdoors and plan to start this coming spring, so the critiques mean a lot to me :)

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    • Matthew Saville

      Wow, it’s impressive then how you were able to make it look like this was shot in a studio! I think it’s the darkness of the background relative to the brightness on her skin that makes it seem like perfect studio lighting. Isn’t it funny how if you make something look too “perfect” outdoors, it can seem like it’s done in a studio? I’ve noticed that over the years. I think it also has to do with the shallow depth, and the 2-dimensional background that looks like an expensive backdrop haha. Maybe shooting this at f/4 or f/5.6 might have brought the sense of location more into play…

      I’d try just barely bringing down the highlights, but hoenstly not by much. They’re very close to perfect. It might help to bring up the shadows a just a touch, too. 

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  3. Niki Roberts

    Thanks! I’m off to try that now…

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