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Side lighting

Side lighting
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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-28
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Mamiya Leaf, Secor 150mm F2.8
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-28 17:01
Viewed: 1358
Points: 22
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I am trying different set ups for the strobes. I like getting away from front lighting which makes all the features so flat and getting more into side lighting which can show more drama. Kaitlin came over for a photo shoot and was a great subject to show the effect of side light on hair and features.

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Hello Roger,
Excellent quality as always and with no loss of detail anywhere. For me, the incident angle of the side light is just right. In the distant past with portraiture, one's subject was not supposed to look at the camera but now it is said to be good camera contact, such as we see here, and I like it. A minor point is that a single highlight per eye may be better and perhaps a few skin blemishes could be removed but that is splitting hairs, really. A very beautiful young woman show to very good effect. Well done.

Very nice work, I specially like the subdued shadow, in the face area. Great capture of "emotion" on the model face. Now on minor détails...sweater or garment, like showing of the bra, and texture of the sweater could be improved. Contrast could also be a little higher. Black is not at it max. Aside this minor flaws....a great picture.

ola Roger
As alwyas a good portrait full of emotion and interest.
The light is very charming showing with " tenderness2 the shapes and delete all flat appearance even in the face.
Have a good we
um abraço

salut roger,
c'est si belle parmi tous c'est photo rouge......
admirablement nette. quand je vois cette netteté ,je me dis que je ne sais pas faire des photos.
ta maîtrise de lumière et netteté sont magnifique

Bom dia Roger,
The look that goes beyond our eyes, the shadows in the middle of the face and the intensity of hair and their textures are high points.
There are still details that deserve consideration, the textures of the black blouse.

Hi Roger, I know I am just a happy snapper most of the time but this is my kind of portrait. Its a nice soft light,it goes with the highlights in her hair, and that sparkle in her eyes matches that quirky grin.. Fiona

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2014-03-29 7:34]

Your image holds the attention.
The lighting, details and model are all as one.


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2014-03-29 9:08]

I like the way you use the lighting to capture the highlights & shadows that make your model so appealing to the eye.She has a wonderful smile both in her mouth & in her eyes. She must have enjoyed this portrait Roger.TFS Well taken.


Hello Roger, a beautiful shot with a real 3 dimensional feel.
Perfect lighting.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Roger, Lovely portrait of this young model. Everything is in perfect balance. Comfortable to look at and with her beautiful smile which could frozen our eyes. Best regards

Nicely posed. Like the light on her hair. Maybe a bit of fill light on her face to prevent the light just hitting her nose.

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