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May I also ask for views on this portrait, please, too. Likewise shot using my studio lighting etc, converted to mono,cropped slightly, and little else.
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Re: Portrait 2

The composition may not be very adventurous but I prefer this one. Nicely posed too, and the subject engages with the viewer. I'm not sure if it could be a little sharper but the overall effect is very nice.
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Re: Portrait 2

Lighting is one of the main factors in portrature and has to be sympathetic to the subject or grossly set to produce the desired result.

The use of two, fairy balanced (low ratio), lights has provided a completely acceptable image.

One thing often missed by photographers is the effect glasses can have, both on the focus of the eyes and the way light is reflected off them.

Because the placement of the light on the subjects RHS is forward of him, there is a reflection in the RH side of his glasses. This and/or a difference in the glasses prescription, makes the RH eye look softer than the LH eye.

One of the main reasons we use Make Up Artists (MUAs) is to reduce the highlights on peoples faces. Careful use of soft-boxes and brollies can also reduce these by "flaring" the light away from being directly aimed at the person.

There are some distractions of lines in the background that could easily be dealt with, pre/post production.

I really like the look of the subject, and the intellect present in his eyes. Personally, I would go for a higher lighting ratio and ask the person questions that will get a variety of reactions and expressions.
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Re: Portrait 2

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Lighting is one of the main factors in portrature and has to be sympathetic to the subject or grossly set to produce the desired result.

The use of two, fairy balanced (low ratio), lights has provided a completely acceptable image.

One thing often missed by photographers is the effect glasses can have, both on the focus of the eyes and the way light is reflected off them.

Because the placement of the light on the subjects RHS is forward of him, there is a reflection in the RH side of his glasses. This and/or a difference in the glasses prescription, makes the RH eye look softer than the LH eye.

One of the main reasons we use Make Up Artists (MUAs) is to reduce the highlights on peoples faces. Careful use of soft-boxes and brollies can also reduce these by "flaring" the light away from being directly aimed at the person.

There are some distractions of lines in the background that could easily be dealt with, pre/post production.

I really like the look of the subject, and the intellect present in his eyes. Personally, I would go for a higher lighting ratio and ask the person questions that will get a variety of reactions and expressions.
Odd that the lines have appeared in it; I had taken them out in the original!

This subject is a long retired ex-university lecturer; conventional, outspoken, direct.

The lighting had to cope with a number of subjects (male and female, of differing heights) in a relatively short space of time; it was a quite a high ratio, but would have worked better if the LH light had been a bit lower, so as to light the sitter's R eye better. As it is, it has allowed a shadow from his specs across the eye, which I hadn't noticed at the time - always a problem with not much time to play with.
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Re: Portrait 2

I note the aperture is f9... little too much...drop back to f4
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I note the aperture is f9... little too much...drop back to f4
Dictated by flash to subject distance. F8 is pretty normal for studio flashes. Given that the RH flash was on minimum power, the LH one had to be on half power to get sufficient lighting ratio.

And, Graham, LH flash used 24" silvered brolly, RH flash used a snoot, aimed towards back of head, to light hair line. I might have been better off with a white brolly on the L; however, with hindsight, I should have lowered the LH flash about 9 or 10 inches, to better illuminate the eye. A bit of PP may solve the LH eye issue. As this is posted, apart from crop and convert to BW, it's pretty much out of the camera.
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