David Kepley  


Glamor shot by David Kepley

June 2022 - Glamor shot

About the Image(s)



I’m not very good at taking pictures of people, so I signed myself up for a workshop with a professional model. The image was taken in a studio with the model reclining on a sofa. There were several light sources around her. Here I am trying to make this very beautiful young woman look as glamorous as possible. What do you think?

Settings: 1/80 sec, f5.6, ISO 500, flash unit through a soft box. Hand held. I processed the image with LRC and Topaz Sharpen.


7 comments posted




Craig Callan   Craig Callan
A good attempt at glamour and aan excellent choice of costume and pose.
Please understand that I make these comments from bitter and hard-won experience. Some suggestions for improvement.
1. I have never seen a photo studio with a couch I'd want to bring home! Most photographers buy them at the bargain room at the local Goodwill. That explains the drape over the couch, but it is way too wrinkly on the left side near the model's arm. If your ironing skills are as bad as mine, I would suggest selecting that supporting area and applying a blur, after using the magic healing brush to remove the large crease next to the rose.
2. Although the model's features are symmetrical and attractive, her face and eyes are wide set, and her nose and lips are wider than normal. Using a normal or wider focal lengths only makes the problems more visible. A longer focal length helps overcome these difficulties. My favorite portrait lens on my APS-C Nikon is 90 mm, which is the equivalent of a 135mm on a full-frame. Because of your lighting limitations, you may have felt the need for a wider lens. You'd need to increase the ISO to get back far enough.
3. The lighting may be a further factor in the facial structure issue. Judging from the shadows on the collar bones, the soft box seems to be only a foot or two higher than the camera lens. To get the correct modeling, it should be about 4 ft. higher than the lens axis. The increased modeling would have accentuated the cheekbones and made the nose more aquiline. The soft box should be roughly the size of the image being photographed and as close as possible to the area to prevent harshness due to falloff. So for a 3/4 length photo like this, you'd need a 4 ft. x 5 ft. softbox to get the full effect. My go-to is a pair of Paul C. Buff 6 ft. diameter translucent umbrellas, used as shoot-through diffusers. They're easy to carry and set up.
It looks like the the photo is lit from camera right, which provides distracting shadows on the roses, the supprt and her right arm. I'd use a 42" white reflector to provide fill.

Hope these comments prove helpful.


  Posted: 06/10/2022 14:58:45



David Kepley   David Kepley
Craig,
Well I sure got my money's worth. Thanks so much for your detailed and insightful commentary.

You're right about the couch! It was dreadful. That is why I made the back of the couch as dark as possible. Good point about the crease in the drape!

I shot this with a 24-70mm lens, probably closer to 70mm.

I was not crazy about where the light source was set up. I think this was a harsh light just over my right shoulder. It created a shine on her skin that I had to tone down with lowering the clarity. I like lighting for a model to be upper right, as you suggested.

Thanks again!   Posted: 06/10/2022 18:53:22



Josh Lohff   Josh Lohff
Hi David - I have basically zero experience working with models, so couldn't begin to offer-up the nice write-up that Craig provided (which I learned from too - so thanks Craig!), I just noticed that overall, the image is quite under-exposed.

Looking at its histogram shows that there are no whites, very little highlights, and about half the midtones that you'd likely see if this image was properly exposed. I'm not sure how much attention you pay to the histogram, but that is something I've found a huge amount of value in recent years and has helped me immensely with producing properly exposed images.

I did enjoy the very subtle black background - I almost didn't realize it was there at first, but found I appreciated the understated texture once I noticed it. Also, kudos for tackling a genre of photography that you don't have a lot of experience/comfort with!   Posted: 06/12/2022 19:17:44
David Kepley   David Kepley
Josh,
Thanks, I should have done one more histogram check before I exported the image for the group.   Posted: 06/14/2022 09:13:18



Dicky ting ming Law
Hi David,Friends have already given many opinions, you can think about it. I only suggest a little improvement, and I should guide the model not to really hold her face, it will make her deformed.Thanks for your sharing such beauty model picture.   Posted: 06/14/2022 09:10:31



Dicky ting ming Law
Hi David,Friends have already given many opinions, you can think about it. I only suggest a little improvement, and I should guide the model not to really hold her face, it will make her deformed.Thanks for your sharing such beauty model picture.   Posted: 06/14/2022 09:10:33



Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
I am going to have to beg off on this one. I do not do portraiture and am totally unqualified to comment.   Posted: 06/23/2022 15:22:02



 

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