Mary Sue Rosenthal  

Portrait of a Woman by Mary Sue Rosenthal

May 2020 - Portrait of a Woman

May 2020 - Mary Sue Rosenthal


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Camera: Nikon D500, Lens 18-300mm. Setting: Manual 1/200sec, f5/6, 82mm, ISO 100

This was my first attempt at using Portrait Lighting. One light was placed straight on flash into a white umbrella. The second light was to the left at an angle. The third one was overhead with the flash not as strong. All three lights were synced to go off with my shutter.

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6 comments posted

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I like the pose and facial expression that the woman has. I see the skin tone change from the original as an improvement, just the right amount of glow to the skin. The overall lighting you used worked well for you. The woman's right cheek might be a bit too light though. Kudos to you for trying something new, Mary Sue!   Posted: 05/08/2020 09:40:58
Mary Sue Rosenthal   Mary Sue Rosenthal
Thanks. I agree her check is too bright.   Posted: 05/27/2020 13:06:59

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
Excellent photo. The lighting from the top was a great idea. It highlighted the top and made all the hair look connected. The skin tone is perfect. Hard to get right but you got it.
For the past 8-9 years Marianne and I recruit two professional portrait photographer and helpers to provide the resident of the Broward County Training with free photos as a Christmas gift. I end up with about a 125 photos that I need to clean up a little. Since most are shades of black I have had to learn how to keep it right for them.
By the way you use the same drop cloth Joe like to use. It works well for our purpose.
  Posted: 05/11/2020 14:23:59

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Mary Sue,

You have a beautiful portrait of a woman. For your first attempt at portraiture, you did a great job! I think your lighting worked well for you, and I see no unwanted dark shadowing. Also, you have nice texture and visibility of the twists and turns of her hair. You have a catch light in her eyes, and she looks comfortable.

For me, what I see that could enhancing your image are two things; your crop and the highlight on the cheek. Her right eye seems to be aligning too close to the center of the photo. She seems to me to feel small in the frame (too much space on top). I think a tighter crop would help ease that tension. Lastly, I agree with Ruth toning down the brightness of the light on her cheek just a little would help.

Something for the future to think about would be the smile. This woman seems to be losing her smile I am noticing in the corner area of her mouth.

You have made this look easy for a first go-round. Keep up the good work!

Best regards,

  Posted: 05/14/2020 09:25:12

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
In this image, you have got the effective lighting, backdrop, and pose. You were able to capture the nice skin tone of the subject. I'd prefer to darken the spot on the woman's cheek a bit. Nice portrait photo!   Posted: 05/20/2020 19:31:18

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Beautiful woman, beautiful smile. I like the warmer skin tones in the edit, but I like the grey background in the original. I think that the green background in the edit, gives her skin a greenish feel.
The small edge of background between her shoulder and the left hand side of the crop is bothersome. Since you don't have space in the front of her body for breathing room, I think that you could crop directly to the sweater and eliminate that space. You have breathing room at the top, so you wouldn't be cutting off her hair.   Posted: 05/25/2020 08:52:13
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