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Old 05-25-2013   #1
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Default Nerd Look

This young lady wanted to do what she termed a "Nerd Look". She used these props to get the looks she wanted.

Please review and give me your feedback.

Thank you,

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Nice looking young lady and a cute idea. I hope you get a chance to shoot more with her and post more results here.

A few suggestions to improve the image.

The lighting is flat. Using an off-camera flash would have added nice highlights and shadows to the face, giving it more of a 3D appearance.

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The image is underexposed. The red channel for the brightest highlight on the face should read around 235 in Photoshop or 87 in Lightroom for viewing on a calibrated monitor. For printing you may need to modify the exposure slightly depending on the printer and whether or not it is calibrated.

Straighten out the photo so that the post in front of the model is vertical.

Have the model turn her upper body more toward the camera to about 45. This will show both suspenders and separate the hands from each other. It will also reduce the amount the head is turned, which will reduce the wrinkling of the neck.

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Find a way for the hands to pose so that they aren't clinched.

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Get the model to rise up so that her bottom isn't blocking her calf and heels.

Use Liquify or some other technique to push in the bulging belly.
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Sailor brings up good points I would also recommend investing the time in blemish removal and basic beauty retouching


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