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Old Nov 28, 2009, 7:41 AM   #1
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Hi guys

Finally got back to shooting in studio this month after a 4month wait. The previous shoot kind of put a hole in my pocket and then when I was ready the studio was unavailable.

Here's a few retouched pics from the shoot - my third shoot with the really fab Laura and Jana was the MUA. This was the 3rd shoot that I've styled and I think I kind of did ok with it.

All pics taken with the E3, 35-100F2 and 14-54MKI, RAW converted using LR3 Beta. Retouched in CS3 - not that they need much retouching as Laura's got an amazing complexion.

1. Laura - Beauty shoot




2. Beauty Shoot 2



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I've still got a lot of pics to go through and choose which to retouch but I thought I'd share these with you all.

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Old Nov 28, 2009, 8:49 AM   #2
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As much as I like seeing all the posts of sunsets, birds(mine and others),
flowers, landscapes, etc. I really enjoy your seeing your model shoots.

Especially the head shots. They are wonderfully sharp-great detail and resolution.

Hope you get to post some more in the coming weeks.

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Old Nov 28, 2009, 9:37 AM   #3
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Hi Zig

Thanks for the comments on the pics. I was a bit worried about going back into the studio after nearly 4 months of not shooting anything at all. Luckily working with Laura and also with Adrian at his studio does seriously help and I think we managed to get some good shots on the day.

I also learned a little more about LR and hopefully I've managed to get a bit more IQ out of the files.

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HarjTT

I like these photo's a lot but one thing puzzles me and in a quest to learn more perhaps you will enlighten me.
I have a rather beautiful Daughter and Granddaughter. I recently took some photo's of them at my Granddaughters wedding. Both of them were pleased that in the final P/Shpd close up portrait photo's I gave them, I had got rid of a small mole on my Daughters top lip and a small pock like scar on my Grandaughters forehead.
So as you will have guessed, my question is why did you not get rid of the moles on the face of the beautiful model?. I will add that I am not as advanced in portraiture or a specialist on the subject as yourself.
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 2:23 PM   #5
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Hi DS

Now that's a pretty tough question and you've got me thinking about the retouching aspects as well, so I'll try my best to answer it. For Laura, I personally didn't want to or see the point in removing the moles on her face. In my eyes they add to her beauty and thats who she is. There's also the point that any pics she uses for her portfolio are going to need to show who she is as well as showing her talents as a beauty, fashion, catalogue model so keeping them in the pics helps her in that way. I need to get in touch with her and see what she has to say as well .. !!

My own personal point of view is that I'd like to try and get the best that I can from the camera/studio/lighting/model/makeup etc and keep the retouching to an absolute minimum, and esp for a beauty head shot. I do understand where you might want too or have to say retouch to improve the picture and yet not take anything away (if you know what I mean) and in your case I more than likely would have done exactly the same thing.

I hope that helps !

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I'm still learning about portraits etc and have a long way to go before I'd even consider myself as being ok ..

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Thanks for the reply HarjTT, I was a bit concerned that I may have offended you, with what you may have considered a criticism.
Anyway a good reply and I will be interested to know what your model has to say about realism.
What I have noticed in my travels is that whenever I met recognised beauties, ie film stars, they rarely if ever looked exactly like their photo's.
I must add I never met them as a photographer.
It was apparent that they had complexion make overs etc but then their objectives were probably different. I once met a Miss World the day after her photographs were all over the media and didn't recognise her, which went down like a lead balloon.
I used to paint portraits in my past life and it is very difficult to keep the balance between realism and flattery even.
Good luck in your endeavours.
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Hi DS

There's no way you could have offended me with your question and if its constructive criticism than I'm more than happy to take it on board esp if it helps me to improve. I'll let you know what Laura opinion is on the retouching of pics as soon as I hear back from her. The last year I've been looking at a lot of other beauty/fashion shoots and model ports and some pic's are so heavily retouched that they look fake - I'm assuming that's what the fashion world wants but that's not for me.

I never thought a painter doing portraits that you could end up in a similar situation and that's got to be a much harder situation to deal with.

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Hi HarjTT

Liked your photos. very sharp, but like deadshot I to was wondering about the beuty spot as I found my eye going to it more than it should. the 1st pic is my fav, I like the pose that you captured, the only other critique would be the size of the catch light in the eye. just a minor 1 though. still do better than I could. good to see more of your pics again

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HarjTT,
Im interested in your avatar.
I'm wondering what the connection is with Toshiro Mifune who was regarded by many to be the greatest Japanese actor. He certainly always struck a noble pose.
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Nice work! I think the poses look good and what a lovely model! Good overall lighting too.

There's only a couple of nitpicky things that I've noticed, and it could be me more than anything else. In the first image, the reflection of the softbox is quite apparent in her eyes; right over her pupils. Maybe a diverted gaze would've put those squares offset (although it's great where she's looking now) or perhaps moving the softbox. And I know this is a tough thing to avert, I have a 3x3 foot softbox and I'm not too fond of their blocky highlights. And on my monitor, her black dress seems very black, but everything else is well exposed. Looks ok, but to me appears a tad flat in that area without much detail present.

Interesting conversation about removing "imperfections". I shot a graduate once who had a fairly visible scar on her forehead, and she actually told me not to remove it because it was "part of her". Since then I've openly discussed "enhancements" with my clients to ensure I don't remove something they are actually ok with.
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