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Musing Eye's picture

Beauty Shot Novice

So, I'm not normally one for beauty shots, but one of the owners of the studio I was renting time at had a cool curved reflector set up and we had a few moments between sets. Ali hopped up, I boomed in a beauty dish, and this was the first shot. I'm quite happy with it.
Comments, suggestions and constructive critique welcome.

Model: Ali Zagame (IG: @ali_zagame, MM#3154678)
Studio: Freeze Frame Studio, Gardner MA

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Radoslav Katanik's picture

Lovely shot but I would probably fix the blemishes on her face in post. This could be outstanding shot with a little touch in PS.

Musing Eye's picture

Thanks, I do need to work on my retouching for things like that. Having worked with her several times, she has a bluish tone under her eyes that hopefully I've suppressed here by faintly painting in a bit of her skin tone over it.

Radoslav Katanik's picture

Find out what frequency separation is, it'll change your life!

Musing Eye's picture

I gotta admit I've shied away from it because of some bad plastic/inhuman looks from it, but I know that's not so much the technique as the way people over-use it.

Jared Wolfe's picture

Beautiful shot. The reddishness in her nose bugs me though. Easy fix with an HSL adjustment layer or painting in hue blend mode. Otherwise its solid. Keep it up.

Musing Eye's picture

Ah, I think I found a good video on using the HSL approach, so I'll try that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-noF2RNu7uY

Hugh Anderson's picture

I feel she is hunched over somewhat. The PS advice is solid. Nice shot though. :-) Hugh

jina justine's picture

She is really pretty but the reds in her nose are so destracting.It would really be cool for you to use piximperfects vid on redness and really make this portrait shine. Cheers 2Ya

Nick Blackhall's picture

I think there's a nice photograph in here, you just need to help come out a little more. It looks a little underexposed to me, so I would bump it up, maybe a half stop at first? Then once you have a little more brightness, you can get more separation in your highlights and shadows (bigger dynamic range of tones). Finally, you might want to try the frequency separation method of retouching that is mentioned in the comments. You don't have to go to extremes, but evening out some of the redness will help the overall look of the photo. Anyway, keep shooting!

Musing Eye's picture

Thanks for the feedback!