Prakhar Krishan, PPSA, AFIP, EFIP  

Portrait : Lady Devil by Prakhar Krishan, PPSA, AFIP, EFIP

October 2019 - Portrait : Lady Devil

About the Image(s)

I went for this session to Kolkatta especially for this studio shoot. It was shot in studio, we used 70-200 lens. The backdrop was dark clouded one with one light on it, it was adjusted to get the right gradient behind the model. There were two front light one key on the left which was prime and lighting the maximum parts of the body and one on right as fill in light to kill dark shadows. Rest in Photoshop I smoothed the skin and removed blemishes, played with saturation to get the attention on right places.

6 comments posted

Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
(Group 61)
This is a very interesting image. Great concept and at a high level, well executed and shot. The model has a great expression that is a good fit for the role that she has been asked to play. The streaks in her hair go well with the horns.

A few things fairly minor issues, mostly related to the lighting are worth looking at:

1. The lighting is a bit too "hot". Overall the skin looks a touch over-exposed. This is especially noticeable on the forehead and on the nose. The camera left arm and the horns on the camera left side are a bit on the "hot" side as well.

2. The background light, especially on the camera right side, is not working for me. The model's clothing and background are blending together. I would typically use a rim light or a background light on the backdrop right behind the model to create better separation.

3. Be very careful when you position the model's hands in front of her face. It tends to be distracting element unless handled very deftly.   Posted: 10/05/2019 22:00:23
Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
(Group 61)
P.S. - I just checked the metadata and the image was taken with a 24 - 70mm lens, not the 70 - 200mm. You used a focal length of 46mm. The 1/200th sec shutter speed is a touch fast for studio lights; they tend to trigger more slowly than Speedlights so I tend to shoot no faster than 1/160th second, just to be safe. There is no real sign of the shutter curtain being a problem and blocking the light.

The f/8 aperture was a good choice as that balances image quality and depth of field quite nicely against the power output of the flash. ISO 100 is okay too, although I tend to try to up the power and shoot at base ISO, which I believe is ISO on your D850.   Posted: 10/11/2019 19:15:57

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
What a dramatic shot you have here. Very striking.
Your colleague, Manfred, has given you some very wise comments, I think. I learned from them. As to his number 3, I think the model's hands work pretty well in this shot, although I can see that Manfred is warning that you are close to the danger zone.
This reminds me of photographer Sedat Pakay's image of Andy Warhol, shown here just for interest.   Posted: 10/06/2019 19:53:30
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Moira Heilbronn   Moira Heilbronn
I find this an interesting image, something a little different. To me the colours and tones go well with this "underworld" theme and I like how the pose with the hand s creates a bit of tension in this particular image.

I am not sure if its my computer but the subject doesn't look that sharp - I would expect more from studio lighting & your 70-200mm lens.
I think you have done a good job in post keeping attention on the subject and not making the skin look to plastic.

I would like to see a little more detail in the black dress and I find the highlighting down the centre of the nose distracting. Did you do some extra burning in this area?   Posted: 10/08/2019 00:55:07

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I love this picture. Everyone above has made sage comments, I have nothing to add. One solution for the problem of the black dress not separating properly from the background would be to crop some of the bottom of the image, make the image more about her face and the horns. This might be easier than playing with the lighting in that area.A very inspiring picture and I really appreciate all the detail you gave us about how you took it. I'll be taking some kid portraits soon and I will look carefully at what you did here as I proceed. Thanks!   Posted: 10/09/2019 06:16:46

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Prakhar, you and Kolkatta must have had a lot of fun working out Lady Devil. I like the dark background and how you have used your background light. I like the diagonal lines of Kolkatta's arms and the antlers.

Now, how about hooking the attention of the viewer by pointing a finger straight forward. Perhaps a small catch light in each eye would also achieve this.

Thanks for doing a studio lighting portrait which challenges me to try it also.

Great image.

Now I have read the comments of the others and think they add some interesting ideas.   Posted: 10/11/2019 14:35:57


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