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The Adjustment Brush

The Adjustment Brush
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2010-12-01
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, 135mm/f2
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-01-02 18:23
Viewed: 1171
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Klaus is a great looking subject with great expressive features. When I photographed him a year ago I had different ideas about lighting. At that time I used more Rim lights and less frontal lights and my ratios of lighting from one side to the other were more extreme than I would use now. When I looked at the original (Workshop) I wasn't happy with the lighting or the loss of detail in both the shadows as well as the highlight areas. I used the Adjustment brush to literally paint the photo with lights and darks to even out the areas that were either too light or too dark. This was just an exercise but shows the power of using RAW format and the Adjustment brush.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-01-02 18:47]

I can see your lighting style evolution with this image from an earlier session. I do like your earlier "rim" lighting portraits, but as you point out there can exist wide exposure variance from highlights to shadows. Your use of adjustment brush is a technique that works well to correct this situation (original shown in the WS).
The final monochrome image is a fine portrait with the details and lines of Klaus' face.
Very Nicely Done
Happy New Year

It is your another work of mastery of lighting.

hello roger. superb work. best, phil

Hello again Roger
What a magnificent lighting you did in this shot and what straight look your model gives captured with superb details of his facial feature and very well fill n frame compo,very well done sir!
Best Wishes

Hi Roger
A nice soft light and less highlights capture of this amazing face

Hi Roger
Very beautiful low key portrait. Great lighting and exposure. Good focus and sharpness. Nice post process and note. Excellent work. Tfs.
Best wishes...

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  • Dai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
  • [2012-01-02 22:53]

Hi Roger

A great portrait. Superb range of greytones and pin-sharp focusing. Plenty of interest in the well-worn face with the beard and signs of ageing. I like the use of the rim lighting and it's perfect for this shot. B&W conversion is certainly better than the original coloour (seen in your workshop).
Another image well done.

10 out of 10 here Roger! What's to say other than superb lighting, helpful notes, crisp image!!!

Nicely done


Hi Roger

My only concern here, in this outstanding portrait, is the lack of 'breathing space' at left. Everything else is perfect. Shadow detail, tonal range, lighting, sharpness & textural detail. It's all there.

Hi Roger,
Excellent portrait and lighting,he has brilliant features and spot on with the monochrome work.
All the best for 2012.

Hello Roger,
this is a great portrait. I enjoy the b/w.
The object placed just off the center works very well.

Olá Roger
I like the softness of light, specialy because Klaus is very intense in her eyes expression...he is a good model. another great portrait.
um abraço

Well aside from a very nice presentation, this is a fine example of "productive post-processing" and also point out the advantage of numéric photographie over argentic support films. As far as studio lighting, at time is good to know, what we which to see as final result. Studio lighting is good to learn your light ratio. Fine tuning a studio light, may take hour to achieve. I've done enough table top to assure you of that..)) Using multiple lights, will teach you, not only ratio, but how you control you light direction and how to make them work together. Some will not suit or complement each other. A good fill light, well position (direction) will compliment the main light, and not destroye or overpower the effect of the main light. The use of a suttle light, such as a reflector, place in front of the subject and bouncing back so of the "rim lighting" in the subject's face, would have brought more details, in your shadow area, without overpowering your main lights.

As far as composition, I like the tight crop, giving this low key portrait a more intimated look and feel. Face position of the left side of the frame, and the dead space at the right, balance well the proportion and size offered here. (I'm talking about weight and used of the space here..)) I didn't care much for the original, but your black and white convertion, and fine post-processing one is an other story. Well done and good work.

hi roger,
this is a unique portrait,a diffrent point of view
best regards

Ola Roger,
Otimo portrait,boa definicao do B&W.

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