I went for my by-monthly hair appointment yesterday. I had been getting the same cut for nearly a year and I was starting to grow tired of it, so it was definitely time for a change. And to celebrate my new cut – which I love by the way – I spent some time in my studio last night trying to frame a shot that I had thought of on and off and collected some props for a while ago.
I have to admit that I worked really hard on editing this first shot. I tried to improve every little thing that I thought looked wrong, going back to it over and over again during the past 24-hour period. No single edit was major mostly a lot of color and tone correction, and dodging and burning. I’m not even sure that it shows that I put that much effort into it. My husband’s comment was: “I like the picture but I’m not sure I like your expression; you look sort of sad and annoyed at the same time.” Funny enough, I was going for that sad-annoyed expression, so at least I nailed my expression, if not the technical side of this photograph.
Looking back at it, I should have used a reflector to bounce some light on my back and the light on the background is far from ideally placed – the illumination of the background should have extended lower down. I was aware of the background light issue when taking the photos and terribly frustrated with it, but couldn’t figure out how to fix it. Ideally I would have moved the light further away from the background or placed it lower, both of which would have solved my issue, I think, but neither of which I could do due to the size of my studio and the height of the light stand. There would have probably been a workable solution for the problem, but I didn’t manage to figure it out on the spot last night.
(85mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/125 sec + 150ws monolight on 1/2 power with 12×36 softbox as main light, 150ws monolight on 1/4 power with beauty dish with a diffuser sock as a hair light, and speedlight with light brown gel on the background)
And for the sake of “why not,” here’s another one, in black and white, that depicts a much happier me. This one was a quick edit – blue filter preset in Lightroom with some modification in the BW slider panel, and I don’t honestly even remember what I may have done to the photo in Photoshop last night. Whatever it was, it was quick and uncomplicated because I was done within 10 minutes.
(85mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/125 sec + same lighting set-up as above)