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Headshots... What you think?!
Posted By: mrmorrill, 04-09-2008, 05:41 PM

It's been awhile since ive been on here but i took these over the weekend and i was wondering how they came out... I have never really done any headshot photography and ive only did face retouching once so any pointers would be great!





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she has great eyes. I like the last the best but overall most are a little on the dark and dullish side. good series.
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the first one is the best it terms of vibrancy, others are dull. my biggest criticism is the black straps - they really stand out and ruin the composition a bit. loose them. i think the last is the nicest composition with a slight top crop, but her shoulders are slightly square to the camera. nice shots all round though.
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Auto contrast, auto color, and crop in Picassa. Looses the dull cast.
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Yes, the last shot pops a lot more. But a tad little too much red hue on the face.
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What lens did you use?
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It looks like you may have a white balance problem, or more likely, an exposure problem.

An easy, easy way to help the photo was to adjust the levels in Photoshop (Ctrl-L)

You had some blacks cropped slightly, but the main problem was no bright light, marked by an almost flat curve on the levels histogram.

MOving the right-most slider to the left, where the pixels "start", fixed the brightness.

Then, moving the middle slider (midtones) left or right adjusted slightly for shadows.

The result:

No color settings were touched

Here's the original levels curve:

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I used a 50mm smc for the shot...Its my first attempt at headshots

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No worries, we all have to begin somewhere ;-)

I'm most definitely still learning things. I think I'm lucky that I know just enough photoshop to get me out of some of my self-created jams haha.
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Im learning photoshop now, reading tutorials as much as i can.
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Yeah, that's how I learn also.

Here's a really good link for you, if you don't have it already:

Digital Toolbox Archive - - PopPhotoAugust 2007

It's the archives to the columnist for Popular Photography -- she makes it really easy to do some of the most common enhancements to photographs

(hint: hit "pause slideshow" as soon as you open it up or it'll scroll by the lesson pages too fast!)

I learned about the levels editing from her column I think, and she's probably the reason I'm going to subscribe to that magazine
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrmorrill Quote
I used a 50mm smc for the shot...Its my first attempt at headshots

The first thing I thought when I saw these shots was "short lens". Try something in the 135mm+ range. I love using my sigma 70-200mm f2.8 at the 200mm end. You'll see what I mean when you try it and compare these shots. It really flattens out the image and is very complimentary to the subject. You did an awesome job with the catch lights in the eyes.

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