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Gothic Becci

Gothic Becci
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (captive-light) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Cannon 40D, Canon 17-85mm EFS, RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-26 1:08
Viewed: 1607
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shooting for her portfolio, we wanted to do something a little different to Becci in this shoot, so we asked her give herself a Goth Style make-over, with white skin and heavy make-up to give her a little variety in her portfolio. Becci is fast becoming more and more confident, as well as being pretty good with make-up and hair, she could go a long way.

Lighting was Elinchrom D-Lite 400's through shoot through white brollies to the front, a snoot on the grey background. Probably would have been better to have used a big softbox close in, but the shoot-throughs do nearly as good a job. All lights set to F8 and a shutter speed of 1/125 used. Taken with Andy (Toucan) down in Devon, complete with a fantastic potato salad, quiche and some very healthy do-nuts!

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2010-01-26 1:23]

Hi Miles

Eye catching portrait, i loved the small detail of catch light in her eyes :)

The pose added to the Gothic look, so do the intentions of doing Goth Style make-over.

The use of non-black backdrop was a good choice, it really helps to avoid merging the black wearing of pretty Becci from the backdrop, otherwise u need to do a addition/change-in-position of light to differentiate the black :)

I guess u might have cropped very tight from the bottom of the frame, isn't it? or its just me :)


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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2010-01-26 5:36]

I like this shot! love the concept and lighting! fantastic sharpness too! well done and TFS

One of the issues with using gaussian blur as a post processing tool is that, if the pixel setting is too high, it creates "shadows" along the edges of pale skin and dark/coloured clothing or background, as we see here. It shows itself on her arms especially, at the end of each glove.

I would've loved to see this without the retouching - but as it is, it's a dramatic and provocative pose with great wardrobe and makeup and fantastic lighting.


Hello Miles,

Your images just keep getting better and better!

There's so much to enjoy about this image - The lighting is so even and smooth, the pose, the make-up and the sharpness are all so well done.

I also appreciate the information you provided in the notes.

Overall this is an excellent, professional image.


Hello Miles!
Beautiful artwork!
Nice portrait with good colours and light!
Lovely work!
Best regards!

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