Star of India IV (Accidentally shot at ISO 12,800)

by Kelly Landrum

star of india iv accidentally shot at iso seeking critique kelly landrum

Gallery: Star of India

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Portrait

Exif Information:
Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Date Time Original : 2010-06-08 21:38:24
Focal Length : 100/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/181
Exposure Time : 1/180
Aperture Value : 9.9
F Number : 9.9
Iso Speed Ratings : 12800
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 5
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows

Published: Wednesday 9th of June 2010 03:24:06 AM


Landrum Kelly

That might be more pleasing to you, but it is not precisely the color of her skin.  She has told me rather consistently, however, that I am not getting her skin tones right, but I know very little about accuracy in skin tones because I have not traditionally done portrait photography.


Jeff Lear

I find the skin tones to be a little bit on the cool side, actually.  And I'm not sure the "Hold on while I take this call" pose is the most flattering.  I might suggest a warming filter and possibly portrait crop rather than landscape.  A slight amount of fill-flash might also have helped.


Also, the exif data for this indicates it's been uploaded in AdobeRGB rather than sRGB which may be influencing the colors I see viewing through Safari.

I played around a little bit (hope you don't mind) and came up with this interpretation.  I tried isolating your subject a little from the background and reduce the amount of it by changing the crop while adding a warming filter to improve her cool-ish skin tone.


Landrum Kelly

Thanks, Harry.  I like that lens for hand-held shots because it gets up to four stops of image stabilization.

If I deemed the photos too sharp, I could always apply a bit of Gaussian blur.

I suppose, however, that I am too much the photographic realist to want to emulate the creamy look you describe.  My subjects might disagree.


Harry Joseph
Too Sharp

This is a very well composed picture but using a Macro lens for portraits is overkill, unless that's what you wanted. Try vising a proffessional portrait studio, you will be surprised at the creamy looks hanging on the walls.

Landrum Kelly

Yes, of course there is some shadow noise at ISO 12,800. The remarkable thing is that it was not much worse. No noise reduction was applied in post.


Landrum Kelly
Star of India IV Comments welcome.


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