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Maen Rabai's picture

Harsh sunlight moody portrait

Hi guys!

In this photo I went for a dramatic, and somewhat a filmic look. Still I think there is something missing. I raised the blacks to give a washed out look, I also kept the highlights on my face and reduced it in the background to make the focus on the subject.

Please share your ideas on what can be improved or changed.

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Ian Vincent's picture

I think you did a great job! Everyone has their own tastes and opinions, for me, I would have kept the darks a little darker give it a little mystery. Maybe would have moved to a bit where the light could hit the bright side of the face without a shadow on it. But thats just my ideas :) great stuff!

Maen Rabai's picture

Thanks Ian my friend, really appreciate your feedback. I wanted to get that filmic look, I thought by brightning the blacks I would get that washed out look. Do you think it's working

Note: I also added some grain.

Mark Shanks's picture

Hi mate, i like this and like the idea, like Ian tho I maybe would have lifted the blacks a little less ... but it still works :)

Maen Rabai's picture

Thank you mark, really appreciate your reply :)

Mike Ditz's picture

When you say filmic look do you mean looks like film or "cinematic"?

Maen Rabai's picture

I meant cinematic as a movie, I thought they were used for the same meaning film and cinematic.

Janos Lakatos's picture

I think it's a great image. really like the split lighting and the washed out blacks. What I miss is the dimension of your eye. Without the catchlight the eyes go flat and you don't get the connection on the emotional level. Hope you don't mind, I put a little catchlight there, raised the shadow area on the face and reduced the hot highlight on the forehead. This way the eye draws the attention.

Maen Rabai's picture

Thank you Janos! it's already looking better!