Critique Wife's request

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Wife needed a pic for company profile and for LinkedIn.

24x24 softbox directly over camera.

Critique is welcome.

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The wife is… no, not the wife but the photo. Ok!

Crisp & sharp (talking about the photo!). There is only one problem:
The soft box is right over the camera and this creates the rather unflat-
tering shadows under the chin! Place the light source sideways as close
as possible and almost at lens level and use a reflector on the other side.

Since she wears glasses, tweak to avoid specular lights in them!
 
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I think this will work just fine for the intended purpose.

I think you did a pretty good job considering it's such a dark background and you only used a single light. Shadow under the chin doesn't look that bad to me. A reflector in her lap would be the perfect remedy for this.

Though the best choice would always be to get your main light source away from the camera. It's a flat-lit portrait but I think you placed the light well to avoid reflection in the eyeglasses and diminish harsh shadows.
 
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The wife is… no, not the wife but the photo. Ok!

Crisp & sharp (talking about the photo!). There is only one problem:
The soft box is right over the camera and this creates the rather unflat-
tering shadows under the chin! Place the light source sideways as close
as possible and almost at lens level and use a reflector on the other side.

Since she wears glasses, tweak to avoid specular lights in them!
Ditto.
 
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Thanks to all! The background was actually a green screen, and I did have a reflector just below chest high. There was an sb800 set 1/32 off camera right and low, but I don't see evidence that it cleaned up much of the chin/neck shadows. Any more power really threw face shadows with her glasses....

She's happy with it, and since I don't do many portraits, I'm always looking for improvement....

Here's the 'casual one' for facebook and other social media...

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In my calibrated monitor both shots need a color adjustment. The first one has more red in her face and hair than I am sure was present when you took the picture.
The second one is too yellow.
As a portrait it is very good...and do not forget that reflector on her lap next time.

William Rodriguez
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Wife needed a pic for company profile and for LinkedIn.

24x24 softbox directly over camera.

Critique is welcome.

In addition to the suggestions already mentioned, raising the camera slightly above eye level works well for women in general.

-focuspuller

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