Mary Hinsen, BPSA  

Sophia by Mary Hinsen, BPSA

January 2022 - Sophia

About the Image(s)

This month's image is one of my granddaughter Sophia, using my 90mm prime as a portrait lens.

The conundrum for me was how far do I process a portrait? Sophia always has wild and messy hair, she also has a gappy smile. It got me thinking about portraits. My fine art portraits are often highly worked, but lose that touch of reality. My natural portraits have imperfections, and personality.

For this one, I did a quick tidy, removing any hair strands that strayed across Sophia's eyes. I dodged the whites of her eyes and used a masked curves layer to bring out the colour in her irises. I then added a white vignette at low opacity.

Would you have gone further in tidying hair, or done anything else? What is it that makes a natural portrait special?

1 comment posted

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I think natural portraits, especially of kids are great. It really shows off her personality and who she is. Not seeing the original, I think moving strands of hair of her face was a good idea, but I wouldn't "brush" her hair too much. It's who she is. I like the white vignette. I would try to lighten up those two yellow areas on either side of her.   Posted: 01/13/2022 13:53:35


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