Cheryl Dubois  

I'm Thinking About It by Cheryl Dubois

January 2020 - I'm Thinking About It

About the Image(s)

This image was photographed in my home studio. Main light was an Alien Bee B800 camera right, fill Alien Bee B800 slightly left of camera and a kicker light. Canon 5D mark iv, canon 24-70 f/2.8 lens; 1/80 @f/8.0, ISO 100. Post processing in Lightroom, Photoshop and Portrait Pro.

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5 comments posted

Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
Nice image Cheryl. Nicely lit with good separation from the background. A pleasant pose too.

A few thoughts for your consideration:

1. The shadow on the camera left side does not work for me. It gives your model a bit of a "hunchback" look. I suspect she was a bit too close to the background?

2. The shot does have that Portrait Pro look; the skin just does not look quite real. Did you really need to use that software?

3. I'm not sure if I like the way the had has been positioned. Your model has done a good job by posing her hand is a way that she does not deform the face, but the little finger pushing into the corner of her mouth does look a bit strange.   Posted: 01/06/2020 22:09:40

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
Thanks for the feedback.I notes a number of the concerns you mentioned, but in the end I just felt the pose broke some rules in a good way. I appreciate what I am learning in this group   Posted: 01/06/2020 23:19:57

This is a very nice studio portrait and the processing is good. When we do head and shoulders portraits, there is always the temptation to include the models hand or hands. I don't think that her hand helps in this photo. Her hair is fairly long and it might be better to use it to frame her face. You could use a hair light to create a nice glow or halo to separate it from the dark background. I think this would create more impact.   Posted: 01/15/2020 16:32:12

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Cheryl, I 've find a very free style and natural portrait and I like it very much. The appearance of the hands at the portraits in my opinion give proximity between photographer and model, and let the model be more relaxed. Other way to pose in head and shoulders portraits seem to me a identity picture for official documents like passport or drive license. Congratulations.   Posted: 01/20/2020 14:53:55

Jim Hooper   Jim Hooper
I like the pose here. The lighting is quite nice. My only concern, as mentioned above, is the heavy hand on the Portrait Pro retouch, particularly in the eyes.   Posted: 01/30/2020 14:05:06