LuAnn Thatcher  

A Beautiful Smile by LuAnn Thatcher

December 2019 - A Beautiful Smile

December 2019 - LuAnn Thatcher


About the Image(s)

A woman’s portrait taken at Farmers Market October 2018. I was doing a workshop with Valerie Jardin and this was my first attempt at street portraiture. I didn’t think I had captured anything worth keeping but I kept the photo anyway. This is really a good idea I picked up from someone as you really should put photos away for a while because you may learn something in the end that will turn a maybe not photo into something after all.

She was very gracious to pose. No smile; missing teeth, but beautiful regardless.

The image was shot as a JPEG; this is Valerie’s preferred method of shooting instead of in RAW. I did basic Lightroom edits and then went to upload to my Instagram and edited there with 2 apps: Darkroom and VSCO. I find uploading to Instagram photos need extra brightness to pop. I really like how this software brought out the brightness in her hair, and I love the twinkle in her eye.

Camera: Fujifilm XT2, ISO 640, 1/250s, F2.0, 23mm prime lens.

I look forward to everyone’s comments!

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Such a lovely smile. And, you definitely turned it into something. I agree that her hair and the twinkle in her eyes "make it" as a photograph worth keeping.

Although I understand about the need to give extra brightness when uploading to Instagram, I find her face and hat a bit too bright. I tried using DeHaze, Clarity and Texture to provide some additional definition to her face and I did slightly different cropping. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 12/08/2019 12:30:21
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
LuAnn. A great capture and the eyes, texture in the hair, closed mouth smile and even the hat all add to the image. I would suggest darkening the gray sign? behind her head. It doesn't add anything and I keep trying to keep my eye from going there. Oliver's cropping and darkening helped in that regard. I would reduce the brightness of her face from your image, but would make it brighter than Olivers. I like the eyes better on the original image.   Posted: 12/08/2019 20:12:16

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
I really like this pose and capture LuAnn. She reminds me of a stately Viking queen of sorts. I find her to be self assured and confident, and I like Bob's idea of darkening the background to isolate and accentuate that look a little more. I think she could easily compete with Oliver's LGBTQ princess.   Posted: 12/10/2019 20:26:29
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank Gary, Bob, and Oliver!!

I have taken your suggestions and darkened the background. This change does make a difference!

LuAnn   Posted: 12/11/2019 08:17:44

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello LuAnn,
Great photo, and after Oliver's changes, the photo got better.
I think it's necessary to lighten the girl's face a little.   Posted: 12/11/2019 09:17:36

I think its a great portrait - you're right - she has a great twinkle in her eye and shows her personality in her expression. I love the flowing hair too. I like your crop - it gives her space to look off into. After looking at other people's comments I agree the white in the hat is probably a bit whiter than anywhere else, and you likely want the light on her face. Its really a great portrait and well done for taking such a shot from someone you don't know. I wouldn't know she has no teeth - I agree ... beautiful.   Posted: 12/22/2019 10:57:58

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you, Israel and Julie, for your comments! I have corrected the hat and I agree with what you suggested.

The biggest challenge I have is with my new computer. My highlights do not register as being blown in the white areas, but, people say they are. I do calibrate my monitor and Datacolor (the company for Spyder pro calibration) says my photos are just fine. Do any of you calibrate your monitors?

Best wishes!

LuAnn   Posted: 12/25/2019 09:27:57