Ready For My Close Up

© Jane Paradis

Ready For My Close Up

Uploaded: March 11, 2008


Recent session with a young aspiring actress.

Taken indoors with natural light, used tripod.

f/4.5, ISO 400, 80mm.
Cropped and adjusted levels in PS Elements 6.0.

For people.

Exif: F Number: 4.5, Exposure Bias Value: -0.50, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 80.00 mm, Model: PENTAX K100D


Daniella Puente March 11, 2008

Is a beautiful portrait Jane, like very much that unusual frame you did and the light on the photo...GREAT work! #875267

Aimee C. Eisaman March 11, 2008

I really like the lighting on this shot and the expression you captured is very deep. I feel like she is looking into my soul. An interesting composition, but it works for me. The only thing that I see is how dark her hair is in some spots on the opposite side. I like that it is shadowed, but some parts loose all detail and look like a dark patch. I think a bit of highlighting on that side would have been nice just for the hair. And take anything I suggest with a grain of salt. I speak from what I think as a beginner just using my eye and my opinion! :-) #5629338

Jane Paradis March 11, 2008

Thank you both! Aimee, I agree with you on the right side of her being too shadowed - I'm still trying to work that out :) Thanks for your comments! #5629368

Debora J. Mehlhaff March 11, 2008

Jane, this is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful, young lady...I also love the look you caught. Have you ever used a reflector? I love them with natural light portraits. I like to use the warm gold, but you can also use a piece of foam core white poster board from the craft store (about $5). Hold it at eye level or just under the chin out of camera view on the opposite side of the natural light and see if you can bounce some nice light back into the shadows and get a nice catchlight into her eyes. By moving the board/reflector back and forth, you will see when you "catch" the light on her face. Someone with more experience may have more to offer. Very nice job. #5629395

Danielle Fuller March 11, 2008

From the CC...I love your composition on this as well Jane. And her eyes do seem to see right thru you. I would also try some dodge on the eyes to lighten them just a tad and bring them out. You also could select just the colored part of the eye and over saturate it just a tad and there is also a cool little trick I learned in a book to select the whites of the eyes go to the saturate option and pick red and desaturated all the red to make the whites pop a bit more. There is a little more detail in that entire adjustment so if you want details feel free to email me, but you might know the maneuver I'm speaking of! #5629402

Jane Paradis March 11, 2008

Thank you Deb - I do have a reflector but need a stand (or an assistant!)...Danielle, I'll take you up on the email offer later this week to learn more about what you are referring to - I appreciate all the input!!! #5629505

Joan Powell March 11, 2008

This beautiful , love the cropping and light and her serious expression ! #5629563

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