Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8

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Karl-FR
Karl-FR Forum Member • Posts: 89
Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8
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Hello Z users !

I love this focal length for indoor portrait with Flash.

I don't know if I can post here, but I want to improve myself into portraits.

Any advise about skin color, the model attitude, post editing ?

Hope to have some good advice like last time with milky way ^^'

Best regard, karl

Exif : Exif : 85mm | 1/160 | f8 | iso 100 | Flash 600 / 8

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Sukuwea Enikkusu Junior Member • Posts: 31
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8
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I like it. But maybe don't cut the hands so obviously and try to have negative space at both sides or just crop left side tighter.

Tom - 2015 Regular Member • Posts: 320
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8
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I like it as well. Very nice lighting, relaxed, interesting expression, subtle editing. It's generally thought best not to cut body parts off at joint lines (e.g. if needed, crop at the forearm rather than at the wrist or elbow).

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WalterH Senior Member • Posts: 1,042
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8

Yes nice indeed.

I agree with the comments of the crop but also would like a bit less vivid color in the face and hands.

Also perhaps a .14 or .2 brighter face. But of course it is a case of personal taste and I did not see the model in real live.

Karl-FR
OP Karl-FR Forum Member • Posts: 89
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8
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Thank you so much for your kind reviews.

Got it about crop and negative space.

My cousin come back tomorrow morning, I will try to do better !

Thank you again for your help !

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j_photo Veteran Member • Posts: 5,034
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8
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I think it's a nice shot. The whites in the shirt are nicely handled. Skin tones look good to me. Model looks relaxed and confident. One thing I don't like: I think you could use more fill on the side of the model's face. The eye sockets are a bit dark and there is an unattractive shadow starting at her nose and continuing down past her chin.

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ae5x Regular Member • Posts: 145
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8
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I brightened her face and cropped it a bit - hope that's okay.

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sirhawkeye64 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,626
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8
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Karl-FR wrote:

Hello Z users !

I love this focal length for indoor portrait with Flash.

I don't know if I can post here, but I want to improve myself into portraits.

Any advise about skin color, the model attitude, post editing ?

Hope to have some good advice like last time with milky way ^^'

Best regard, karl

Exif : Exif : 85mm | 1/160 | f8 | iso 100 | Flash 600 / 8

Well right off the bat, I can say you cut off her one hand. Big no-no in cropping, and I think you cropped too tight on the right side (cut off her elbow). Also you may want to consider cropping somewhere between the waist and knees (ie. show a bit more of her thighs. So my biggest items here would be cropping.

As for her skin color, what white balance did you use? Her skin tone looks a bit too warm. Perhaps set your white balance to either Flash or use a grey card (I would opt for a grey card for better color). Or you could try cloudy in a pinch (adds warmth).

I'm also curious about what she is looking at. It appears she isn't looking at you, but it's almost like she's looking past you (the photographer's position) at something else. Just my personal preference, I either like the models to look at me, or look away on purpose, like they're looking at something else in the frame.

I would also add (and this is just my personal preference and what I see) but the lighting looks a bit harsh (shadows appear a bit harsh too), but again I don't know exactly what you're trying to accomplish here so maybe you wanted that look... I'm not sure.

One other quick suggestion... and this is more about the scene... if the model is going to be photographed on a solid background, you may want to consider lighting the bavckground somewhat, to give separation and depth.  Again, just a suggestion.

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Monkey007 Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Flash portrait , Z6, 85mm f1.8

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

Karl-FR wrote:

Hello Z users !

I love this focal length for indoor portrait with Flash.

I don't know if I can post here, but I want to improve myself into portraits.

Any advise about skin color, the model attitude, post editing ?

Hope to have some good advice like last time with milky way ^^'

Best regard, karl

Exif : Exif : 85mm | 1/160 | f8 | iso 100 | Flash 600 / 8

Well right off the bat, I can say you cut off her one hand. Big no-no in cropping, and I think you cropped too tight on the right side (cut off her elbow). Also you may want to consider cropping somewhere between the waist and knees (ie. show a bit more of her thighs. So my biggest items here would be cropping.

As for her skin color, what white balance did you use? Her skin tone looks a bit too warm. Perhaps set your white balance to either Flash or use a grey card (I would opt for a grey card for better color). Or you could try cloudy in a pinch (adds warmth).

I'm also curious about what she is looking at. It appears she isn't looking at you, but it's almost like she's looking past you (the photographer's position) at something else. Just my personal preference, I either like the models to look at me, or look away on purpose, like they're looking at something else in the frame.

I would also add (and this is just my personal preference and what I see) but the lighting looks a bit harsh (shadows appear a bit harsh too), but again I don't know exactly what you're trying to accomplish here so maybe you wanted that look... I'm not sure.

One other quick suggestion... and this is more about the scene... if the model is going to be photographed on a solid background, you may want to consider lighting the bavckground somewhat, to give separation and depth. Again, just a suggestion.

That would be my observation as well. You can separate the subject also by adding a rim/hair light if you want to keep the background black.

Looking at the catchlights I would personally bring the key light little higher and possibly closer and feather it. On my phone this skin tones look very orange, but that could be just my phone. Overall, you are getting there.

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