Peter Elliston  

Theresa by Peter Elliston

September 2021 - Theresa

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This was taken on a recent studio lighting course where we were trying out all kinds of lighting effects. Theresa was new to posing but as you can see was a natural. I particularly like this shot because of the way the lighting brings out or even hides some of her and adds perhaps more depth to the image. Is it too dark? I’m not totally sure.
Taken on a Fuji XT3 1/250 @ f11 ISO 200

7 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Your image is quite dark, but that gives you considerable effect with the well-setup studio lighting. The Rembrandt Triangle under her left eye is classic, and all the rest of the highlights on her face are pleasing. Her direct gaze is engaging. Her skin is not great, but I would not try to smooth it out, as I find that insincere. I think this is essentially a monochrome shot, and here is why I prefer it that way. What do you think?   Posted: 09/07/2021 19:45:09
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Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Stephen, thanks for visiting and commenting. Strangely I also did a mono version of this because it was quite dark and it works pretty well so may move towards that. Interesting comment on her skin tones and I agree that airbrushing them might on this occasion be not respectful to her.   Posted: 09/08/2021 03:01:01

Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Peter, I like the contrast of the lightings of the model's orange sweater and the background. I also see different degrees of light on the face and the hair. It's very inspiring! - Marisa   Posted: 09/08/2021 10:39:00

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Good pose and great colors - sweater and background appear to be the same color but different luminosity. I like the vignette keeping your attention on the model. I think there are things that people skilled at portrait editing could do to whiten eyes, smooth skin, etc. But that depends on what you want from the portrait. I don't know whether the photo is an accurate reflection of her skin texture, or whether the lighting magnifies the texture.   Posted: 09/11/2021 12:04:21

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Her side look makes this different than being frontal which I like for a change. I agree with Stephen that a B&W version is better here.   Posted: 09/12/2021 19:02:13

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
I like the mood and character of the model. The color version is my preference with perhaps a bit more exposure. I would definitely soften the bad skin with the Clarity slider in Lightroom and perhaps brighten the whites of her eyes.   Posted: 09/16/2021 11:45:46

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
I prefer Peter's B&W with just a bit of opening up those shadows. To me the colorized version has too many areas where this is a lack of separation - such as her face and the hair; the background and her sweater; all avoided in B&W   Posted: 09/16/2021 20:33:42


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