New High-End Fashion Portrait Shot is Up! Opinions please!

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by jambaj0e, May 12, 2013.

  1. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Hey everyone! I finally got around to retouching this image that I shot back in August of last year with my Panasonic GH2 and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8

    I'd love to hear some comments!


    Photo by Joe Gunawan | Fotosiamo fotografie |

    Model: Erika Saxon with Brand Models
    Assistant: Effren Herrera
    Special thanks to: Kevin Michael Schmitz-Photography

    Makeup Artist: Jessica Davis
    Hair Stylist: DaRico Jackson
    Wardrobe Stylist: Salette Corpuz
    Wardrobe Assistant: Marcy Guevara

    Shot with the Panasonic GH2 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens

    Aperture: f/7.1
    Shutter Speed: 160
    ISO: 160

    Profoto Acute in medium softbox outside of window to simulate incoming sun. Another Profoto Acute in gridded strip softbox from other side for rim light.
  2. the_traveler

    the_traveler Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    Columbia, MD
    Lew Lorton
    totally lovely with minor issues about odd reticulated pattern of skin
  3. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Beautiful lighting. Beautiful skin tone. Beautiful hair texture. Classic composition. Agree about the odd reticulation on part of the face and arm. What caused that?
  4. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Flickr compression, I'm afraid. I don't see on my original image =P

    By the way, this is the original image straight out of the GH2. I definitely had to do quite a bit of skin work and hair retouching. Just another 5 hours retouch job by moi =D

  5. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    I like the original. Studio lighting can be scary. In the original, skin tones are still beautiful, especially on her arm.
  6. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 11, 2010
    Very nice image, nice to see m43 doing fashion.

    Most of my paid work is bridal fashion but normally shot D700 and 70-200mm. Next couple of shoots i am planning some grab shots with the OMD and 75mm and 45mm just to see what we can get.

    To be honest the results should be the same, just need to overcome the small camera on set syndrome lol
  7. JoJo

    JoJo Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 19, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Very, very nice. Great expression & pose. One nit pik: try not to let the nose break the cheek line. Best to turn the face or change the camera position.
  8. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    The lighting looks great, very natural. And yes, the 45mm is sharp sharp sharp! I know skin smoothing is just part of the fashion job but to me it often comes off looking a bit too "CGI"
  9. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
  10. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Awesome work! Nice to see M43 doing fashion work. While the skin doesn't appear over-smoothened, I will echo what others have already mentioned -- that there's some odd textures on the skin which remind me of goosebumps. Kudos nonetheless!
  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    You definitely did a lot of work and I like the result very much. :thumbup:
  12. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Looks great, Joe! Very sharp results for that kind of mixed lighting.
  13. Jay86

    Jay86 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2012
    Other then that odd pattern on the skin thats a fantastic looking shot IMO.
  14. the_traveler

    the_traveler Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    Columbia, MD
    Lew Lorton
    I think that the skin pattern may just be luminance noise.
    A pass through Noiseware removes much of that pattern.
    I didn't mask anything so some of the skin starts to look plastic but this would probably be less apparent on a full size image.

    original-> edited-> post Noiseware

  15. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Interesting. Of course, it's all about finding the balance between removing artifacts and over-smoothing =)
  16. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    So I've updated the original pic w/ adjustment of the skin artifacts that you guys are all talking about. All old-school dodge and burn at pixel level work + a bit of light cloning work to get it done.

    Here's the closeup that I added on The_Traveler's comparison =)

  17. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    It looks like something you would see in Mad Men.
  18. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Great! That is exactly the look that I was after =)
  19. rozza

    rozza Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 2, 2013
    New Zealand
    That's awesome, great job.
  20. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Beautiful shot and great detail - agree about skin issues on face and arm in light (makes it look like she has severe case of "Goose bumps"
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