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    Sophie in high key.

    My niece wanted to see if her daughter might attract some child modelling work and asked me to put together a portfolio. I thought that I would put a mono into the mix and came up with this. I'm not totally happy because the selection around her hair could be cleaner but it was difficult (blonde on a light BG). None the less, I quite liked the finished image anyway. As always, CCs welcome.

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    Sophie in high key.
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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    I can surely appreciate why she might get some great modeling work.

    There is something about your treatment of her eyes, possibly the combination of her eyes and skin, that makes me think this is a doll rather than a person. Sorry that I can't suggest what to do differently.

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    Maybe try a slightly different angle by moving the camera more to the right so those eyes aren't staring straight back at you.

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    Great high-key presentation. Far too many photographers think that high-key means over exposed and washed out. However for effective high key, you need a small area of darkness (such as the eyes) to accentuate the light areas...

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    ...............However for effective high key, you need a small area of darkness (such as the eyes) to accentuate the light areas...
    That's as I have always understood it Richard. Having her looking straight at the camera was deliberate Geoff. I used the image on the cover of the portfolio but I can see why it would not always be appropriate for say a family record.

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    Hi John I like the face and eyes and you are already aware that the hair selection could do with improvement. The only thing I would prefer for this high key treatment is that she was wearing a light top as I think the dark jumper is a bit to dominant and cannot be vignetted or faded out properly.

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    Quote Originally Posted by pnodrog View Post
    ....The only thing I would prefer for this high key treatment is that she was wearing a light top as I think the dark jumper is a bit to dominant and cannot be vignetted or faded out properly.
    Thanks for the comment LP. Can't argue with that. You're right but I guess that's the problem with deciding on the treatment after the event.

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    FIrst of all , i like your niece and she has beautiful eyes and hairs that i like the most. So your high key point is her eyes and hair because both attracts to much.

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    To make the selection easier you could make another layer and make the yellows darker, then it might be easier to get the selection right against the background. Great portrait overall.

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    Re: Sophie in high key.

    Thanks Jacob, thanks Blake. Blake that is a good thought. I made the image before I became conversant with layers and I can see how your suggestion would work.

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