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Jan 9, 2019 12:19:43   #
Dahveed
 
Please critique my first home studio portraits taken this Christmas with an actual human being and not a mannequin head. These high-key portraits of my niece were shot with a Canon 80D, EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, and 2 Flashpoint speedlites: one key and one fill triggered by a Flashpoint R2 Pro. The speedlites were attached to a Godox 32x32 inch softbox diffuser and a 30-inch silver umbrella. I also used a 32-inch round reflector, to fill the shadow under her neck, in the shot where you can see 3 catchlights in her eyes. A JTL 160 strobe blasted the white seamless paper background. PortraitPro Studio 18 helped smooth her skin tones as I'm not yet up to speed on related Photoshop techniques.

Be as brutally honest as you care to be. As a retiree, I'd love to channel this hobby into a small business.


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Jan 9, 2019 12:31:10   #
blue-ultra
 
Quite frankly I think they are wonderful. Beautiful texture, excellent focus and good arrangements....

Bob

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Jan 9, 2019 12:31:42   #
Tomfl101
 
Clean HI-Key. Well done! Lighting is especially nice on #3. Only comment is I suggest you clone out the hole in the hair where you can see through. Tuning the hand to the side would also help slim the models hands.

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Jan 9, 2019 12:33:50   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Very nice work. Careful with retouching, though. Keep the portrait looking very much like the subject, minor flaws excluded.
--Bob
Schliemannski wrote:
Please critique my first home studio portraits taken this Christmas with an actual human being and not a mannequin head. These high-key portraits of my niece were shot with a Canon 80D, EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, and 2 Flashpoint speedlites: one key and one fill triggered by a Flashpoint R2 Pro. The speedlites were attached to a Godox 32x32 inch softbox diffuser and a 30-inch silver umbrella. I also used a 32-inch round reflector, to fill the shadow under her neck, in the shot where you can see 3 catchlights in her eyes. A JTL 160 strobe blasted the white seamless paper background. PortraitPro Studio 18 helped smooth her skin tones as I'm not yet up to speed on related Photoshop techniques.

Be as brutally honest as you care to be. As a retiree, I'd love to channel this hobby into a small business.
Please critique my first home studio portraits tak... (show quote)

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Jan 9, 2019 12:35:46   #
Dahveed
 
Thanks for the feedback, Bob. I had a blast taking them. Live to ride, ride to live!

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Jan 9, 2019 12:39:34   #
Dahveed
 
All good points, thanks, Tom.

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Jan 9, 2019 12:46:26   #
Dahveed
 
Thanks, RM. I always worry about the amount of retouching. I actually toned down the effect that PortraitPro produced by half.

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Jan 9, 2019 14:23:18   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 

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Jan 9, 2019 14:55:02   #
Dahveed
 
Thanks for the support, Longshadow.

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Jan 9, 2019 15:01:42   #
Annie-Get-Your-Gun (a regular here)
 
Schliemannski wrote:
Please critique my first home studio portraits taken this Christmas with an actual human being and not a mannequin head. These high-key portraits of my niece were shot with a Canon 80D, EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, and 2 Flashpoint speedlites: one key and one fill triggered by a Flashpoint R2 Pro. The speedlites were attached to a Godox 32x32 inch softbox diffuser and a 30-inch silver umbrella. I also used a 32-inch round reflector, to fill the shadow under her neck, in the shot where you can see 3 catchlights in her eyes. A JTL 160 strobe blasted the white seamless paper background. PortraitPro Studio 18 helped smooth her skin tones as I'm not yet up to speed on related Photoshop techniques.

Be as brutally honest as you care to be. As a retiree, I'd love to channel this hobby into a small business.
Please critique my first home studio portraits tak... (show quote)


First - how 'bout a different handle - Schliemannski is a bit too long. Your niece is very pretty. Your images due her justice. Forget about photoshop techniques - you did exceptionally fine work without them.

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Jan 9, 2019 15:56:57   #
Dahveed
 
Thanks for the helpful suggestions, Annie-get-your-gun. A username change request has been sent to Admin.

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Jan 9, 2019 16:04:09   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Schliemannski wrote:
Thanks for the helpful suggestions, Annie-get-your-gun. A username change request has been sent to Admin.

Was only three syllables...

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Jan 9, 2019 16:11:03   #
Tom DePuy (a regular here)
 
Annie-Get-Your-Gun wrote:
First - how 'bout a different handle - Schliemannski is a bit too long. Your niece is very pretty. Your images due her justice. Forget about photoshop techniques - you did exceptionally fine work without them.
First - how 'bout a different handle - Schliemanns... (show quote)


lol Schliemannski has one less letter in it than Anni-Get Your-Gun does and I didn't include the hypens….lol..
Oh Shliemannski…..great photo's

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Jan 9, 2019 16:26:57   #
Annie-Get-Your-Gun (a regular here)
 
Tom DePuy wrote:
lol Schliemannski has one less letter in it than Anni-Get Your-Gun does and I didn't include the hypens….lol..
Oh Shliemannski…..great photo's


Very true, Tom. It's Annie. However - I believe my moniker is more simple. I'm looking forward to more posts from Schliemannski. Maybe I'll master his name after a few more times. Happy New Year!

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Jan 9, 2019 16:30:18   #
Tom DePuy (a regular here)
 
Annie-Get-Your-Gun wrote:
Very true, Tom. It's Annie. However - I believe my moniker is more simple. I'm looking forward to more posts from Schliemannski. Maybe I'll master his name after a few more times. Happy New Year!



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