Detroit Headshot Photographers Mary DuPrie
I’m not a fan of doing critiques because I don’t like to hear “their” feedback… as in… blah blah blah
I like quiet when I’m doing a critique, as in, just listen. When we bring our books into commercial clients there is no speaking, we just stand there and answers questions.
I received an email from one of my meetup attendees, of Photographing Models with Mary DuPrie Studios, who asked if I wouldn’t mind critiquing some of his images from the meetup. The before and after is a screen capture which is why it’s so fuzzy.
Instead of answering one persons email for a critique I thought it would be more beneficial to do it here. I’ve asked the photographers permission to do so.
The first thing I noticed were Andrea’s lips. When you convert something to B&W the model needs to be wearing much darker lipstick than normal or else they will disappear. The color lipstick blood red works, or even darker, sometimes even black. So if you know you are going to convert a model image to B&W a few things have to be considered up front.
I am a huge fan of dodging and burning using curves layers. I have one layer set to screen mode and one curves layer set to multiply. I burned her face quite a bit and also applied a global curves layer set to soft light blending mode. This is my normal work flow for most of my images. The before image lacks in contrast quite a bit in the face. The background and dress are quite dramatic and I feel the face needs to be also. Quite a fast and easy fix.
Metro Detroit Head Shot Photographers Mary DuPrie