Dr Brian Wimborne  

Gemma by Dr Brian Wimborne

June 2022 - Gemma

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12 comments posted

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Hey Brian, Gemma is certainly a beautiful woman. I am not a portrait person so please take my comments for what they are worth. I found the pose looking somewhat awkward. Not sure if it was the hand placement or the head angle. And, one eye is very dark which would be ab easy fix.   Posted: 06/08/2022 09:07:31
Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Hi Joe, thanks for your comments.

The pose was the model's choice, so let's blame her for it!

You are right about the eye. I had not noticed it but, as you say, it should be easy to fix. Thank you.

  Posted: 06/09/2022 21:01:24
Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
When attending "model shoots"I, too, usually allow the model to choose the pose as I figure she has done enough of these. Some of them work and some don't. I also find it helpful when I am in line waiting my turn to notice other photographers and the poses they choose. I will repeat these angles for my turn.   Posted: 06/10/2022 04:19:08
Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Good advice , Joe. Thank you.   Posted: 06/23/2022 22:38:30

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
I have done a lot of studio portrait work recently and know how hard it is to get the lighting, poses and all the other things wright to achieve a good image. It would be interesting to know where and how you shot this. If you have your own studio then perhaps you would have more control over the lighting. But in any case in a studio shoot it should also be possible to adjust and vary the lighting. Here, the lighting on the right side of the model as we look at the image is quite strong. This has not led to burn out on her white scarf or covering but her face and cheek is over bright and needs toning down. Likewise her right eye has been thrown into a dark shadow. You could remedy both of these by using the raw filter brushes to increase/decrease exposure on both parts of this image. The other thing to consider is her left hand which has been cropped or not included in the shot. As a result I m might consider quite a drastic crop to remove that arm (!) so that your image ends just below her right elbow.   Posted: 06/10/2022 07:35:46
Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Hi Peter, thank you for your advice; helpful comments are always appreciated. I'll do a bit more work on the image.

The photo was shot at home, not in a studio. Nevertheless, I still had some control over the lighting.

The model was only 16, so her mother signed a special release form that gave me permission to photograph Gemma. I rarely work with under-age models but this young lady requested the shoot and brought her mother along to it. These days, one can't be too careful when photographing female models.   Posted: 06/12/2022 20:13:37

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Modeling shoots is no something I have done. If the person likes it then that's what makes it successful. I wonder besides adjusting for the eye if you changed the background to something mystical to go along with her white shawl(?) she is wearing. Sometimes changing the background to go along with the person makes a BIG difference.
  Posted: 06/18/2022 19:57:39
Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Thank you for the comment, I'll use your suggestion.   Posted: 06/20/2022 18:30:03

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Nice try at this. Your colleague Peter has given you a lot of advice. I will add that you might want to look up "Rembrandt Triangle" lighting. That is when the main light casts a triangular light under the eye on the dark side. It is a classic lighting setup.   Posted: 06/20/2022 11:54:37

Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Hi Stephen, I had not thought of the Rembrandt Triangle, but it makes sense. Thanks for the comment.   Posted: 06/20/2022 18:32:37

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
A very good effort. The main issue, as previously mentioned, is lighting. The models right side and breast area are underexposed. I am attaching a jpg image, Digital Lighting Guide, which displays 24 different ways to light a model. This might be helpful for future model shoots. The second issue is a result of the in-experienced model: the placement of the left hand is a little awkward and her smile is not very attractive. I am sure this experience has been helpful for you.   Posted: 06/21/2022 14:03:34
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Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Hi Glenn, thanks for your advice and the Digital Lighting Guide. I'll make use of it in future.

Many models are inexperienced, which just adds to a photographer's problems. These things are sent to test us!   Posted: 06/23/2022 22:36:30