Good as ever, being super critical (as it's you* ) #1, for me, is spoilt slightly by Shannon's left eye having a bit of a 'panda' effect, then also having the backward C shape of specular on the left side of her face surrounding it.
#2 is just plain great though, it has everything going for it, good colour combinations, exposure, vignette backgound light, focus, etc.
* this is a cackhanded compliment, since we have to be super critical to find anything vaguely constructive to say
With your pictures, any improvements are going make the top 2% difference only
Vignette in #2 you say? Or could it be straight OOC using a tight grid on the two background lights?
Hi Colin, very nice captures! I was wondering how much retouching you would typically do to images like this? I understand that the eyes, in particular, are almost always retouched to make them look this good.
Lovely portraits. I also like #2 the best...
Pretty much a usual set of things;
- Skin spots
- Eye sharpness
- Eye saturation
- Eye lashes
- Skin smoothing
- Eye whitening
- Teeth whitening
In addition to the usual post-procesing;
So to answer the question, yes, usually a bit of time spent on the eyes.
I like Pandas; but I think maybe the shadow should be brighter, and highlights lower in #1. Picture #2 is alright, but could be posed better, you should ask her to say something like, Duffy.
Both are beautiful images of a beautiful girl. Number one is outstanding. I know it's usually said to wear sleeves, but a lot of times sleeveless works and it works great here. The color of her top (dress) matches her hair beautifully and contrasts so nicely with the color of her skin and eyes and the darker background draws me in and... she looks relaxed and happy. Perfect.
Colin, you post so many beautiful photographs like these of so many different beautiful girls - if this is your "work" I can't imagine you ever retiring! You must have a wonderful life.
I like #3 the best.
That's not fair...I thought there were only 2