Michele Balistreri's picture

Introducing myself - sharing some works


I am new to this site and started with photography about 6 months ago. I had some technical background before and always liked photography, but had no actual shooting experience. I wanted to share some of my most recent works with you. All of these are shoot in my home studio (a small empty room in my apartment which happened to have more-or-less neutral grey painted walls) using off-camera speedlights (the first one with an octabox, the other two with a beauty dish)

What are your thoughts?

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I enjoyed all three portrait images. Image #1 is just superb: I really enjoyed image#2 with just the hint of shadow staring to creep in. image #3 is pleasant but the skin tones feel just a bit over bright across part of the face. Perhaps just a bit more contrast PP would help - or dial down your light/speedlight setting back slightly.

On the PP front - do check out the NIk collection of PP filters. https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

For a first trip into the world of portrait photography: well done indeed and i look forward to seeing more of your work.

Best wishes,

Doug Ross

Rebecca Farber's picture

I love all of the images but #3 is my favorite. The black and white goes perfectly with the picture. How do you get the texture of the skin so smooth?

Michele Balistreri's picture

Thanks! For skin retouching I do frequency separation and smooth the tone layer if I am working with colors. If I am working in BW I only do dodge and burn.

But the real trick is having models with great skin and professional make up artists working on team!

Nam Nguyen's picture

I love all portrait images. Your work looks extremely impressive.
Do you want to improve your photos?
I am retoucher and looking co-operate. Contact me if you are interested.

Follow my work here: https://rephotoshoot.com/

Paul Harnish's picture

Absolutely gorgeous control of the light and post processing. Keep up the great work and keep 'em coming :)