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Bill Williams's picture

Arctic Golden Hour

Just starting into portraits and looking to get feedback to improve.

Model: Victoria Coman
Photographer: Bill Williams
Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Camera settings:
Shutterspeed: 1/250
Iso: F / 2.0
Iso: 800
Camera: Sony A7RIII
Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4

Camera settings:
Shutterspeed: 1/320
Iso: F / 2.0
Iso: 800
Camera: Sony A7RIII
Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4

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8 Comments

Robert Tran's picture

Nice mood and exposure, Bill. Quick question, on full res, are the eyes a little soft with the focus on the fur collar, or does it just look that way because of image compression on the site?

Bill Williams's picture

Thanks Robert, I think it's the compression. full res file is very sharp on the right eye. (her left) The Sony Eye AF is very quick. Any recommendation for uploading in a way to compensate for the compression? I know there are tips for social media sites to over sharpen to compensate for compression.

Marcin Świostek's picture

I like the colours and composition, but I need to pick on two things:
1. Eyes are out of focus on the first picture. Even in full res the focus is on her left cheek.
2. Too much dodge/burn. Looks like she is pasted from a different picture. Don't go too far with the vignette.

Bill Williams's picture

Thanks for your feedback Marcin.
Could you go into more detail on your dodge/burn comment.

I also am including in the reply the unedited photo for you to reference. Thanks.

Marcin Świostek's picture

Sure. On dodge/burn I was thinking more about the second image. The first one is fine by my standards. Maybe I would just add a little more brightness in general.
In the second one the dodge/burn and vignette around the model is too visible. When using brush to brighten/darken parts of this image, I'd not go beyond model's silhouette.
One trick to see if the vignetting is to much is to look at the thumbnail - if you can see it, it's too much.

Bill Williams's picture

Thanks! Much appreciated!

Marcin Kawa's picture

Looks pretty damn good even unedited! :D