David Terao  

Malificent by David Terao

March 2020 - Malificent

March 2020 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

This month, I was fortunate to take a specialized, fine-art portrait workshop. We had a professional make-up artist and several models in the all-day photo shoot. For this image, we used a 3-light (flash) set-up. I lightly post-processed the image in Lightroom, while most of the work was done in Photoshop using the dodge and burn tools. I also used DxO's (Nik) Collection (Color Efex Pro's Darken/Lighten Center and Pro Contrast) to enhance the image. Taken with a Canon EOS R with 50mm 1.2 lens. Exposure was 1/250 sec (high-speed sync) @ f/7.1 and ISO 400.

8 comments posted

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
A fine photo that is sharp, well post-processed and great background. Congratulations to those responsible for selecting the models. This one projects emotion by the use of horns which contributes to the idea of this lady bringing bad effects or something unwholesome. Are the horns the only indication of something unhealthy?   Posted: 03/03/2020 12:48:11

David Terao   David Terao
The Cosplay character the model is portraying is Maleficient who is a movie character based on the evil fairy godmother in Disney's Sleeping Beauty.   Posted: 03/03/2020 14:07:40

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
What an excellent photo opportunity! Models and elaborate costumes, plus lighting! How fun! You captured the dress and the headdress of horns nicely. There is just enough light on the dress and feathers to see the texture and the purple color. Lighting is excellent! Her face is turned to so that the light brings out her features. She is beautiful and she does not look evil. I also think the hands and arms are in an interesting position. It brings attention to the gloves which are textured and blocks too much attention to arms. Well done!   Posted: 03/05/2020 07:57:32

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
great job, capture of expression, face features, costume details. Nice work!
Can't tell wether it's cosmetic on her face, or LR/PS adjustment, a little too much. Three areas of comparison, her left cheek, her left hand shadow area, and her right arm, elbow area, might deserve a closer look of adjustment, my two cents.   Posted: 03/11/2020 12:48:31
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you for your comments. I would be very interested in knowing more specifically what type of "adjustment" you have in mind on the three areas you noted.   Posted: 03/14/2020 04:32:43

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Spectacular work. Great eyes and face in general.   Posted: 03/13/2020 22:19:42

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Wonderful portrait which is perfectly processed. Such an interesting subject with excellent clarity, lighting and contrast. I wouldn't change a thing!   Posted: 03/18/2020 16:25:58

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
A beautiful portrait image. The glance and the gestures provided a powerful message. I just feel the dark purple costume is blended with the dark background. I would lighten up a bit of the dress so that the subject may distinct from the background.

  Posted: 03/24/2020 08:45:50


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