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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-26
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, Canon 50mm F1.2
Exposure: f/6.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-29 8:56
Viewed: 1370
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot of Stephanie with the finished studio lighting. The lighting consists of two boxes which are 4ft x 2ft each containing six 250 watt tungsten bulbs. The lights each have dimmer switches which all me to vary the intensity from one light to the other.

The composition of this shot was changed to add negative space on the left side of the picture. This to me adds to the peacefulness of the shot. Stephanie is elegant and relaxed in the shot which defines the mood even more.

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Hello Roger,

Pretty model!
Excellent composition with perfect black BG and nice colors!
Very good light also!
Congratulations and TFS

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-11-29 9:06]

Hi Roger

Good use of the dark bg to accentuate the colors. Excellent dof, sharpness & profiled pov on the woman. Tfs!

Nice shot, good light and good pose of this pretty model.
I like the dark BG a lot, Roger.
Well done job. Congratulations!


Nice shot Roger,

Excellent job with nice colors , good sharpness and light.

I like your model because she reminds me of a distant and past love...

Good work


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-11-29 9:59]

Hello Roger.

Portrait in ryginalnej and interesting composition
Beautiful colours, light and sharpness,
Splendid effect, congratulations.

Best wishes.

Hi Roger,
I like stephanie more than Steven. :-)
A good pose and good crop. Stephanie looks to the negative space. Somehow I feel the frame should be not square but (a little) portrait.
Very good light control !

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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2009-11-29 10:44]

astonishing photo Roger... love the pose and lighting, the off center and square crop worked well... TFS

Nice indeed. Beautifully rich and sharp detail and textures, and the warmth of the tungsten lighting really creates some beautiful colours. I like her top! The sharp detail captured in the ruched fabric emphasises the unwrinkled texture of her skin!

Perhaps an overhead light to throw some illumination into her hair from behind, would be a future project? (Mine is a translucent Chinese takeaway container nailed to an overhead beam; I sit my speedlite in it, aimed downwards, adjusted to 1/16 full power, and voila!)


Ciao Roger, splendid portrait of lovely woman, great contrast against dark BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2009-11-29 14:34]

Hello Roger.

Excellent composition with the dead black space and the perfect light and colors of the model.


Hello Roger,
A classic pose. Stephanie looks beautiful with the lighting. If I were to nitpick, it would not be on the techniques but on props. Her peach dress is bright, textured, and sharp that the viewers like me are drawn to the bottom part of the frame instead of Stephanie's chiseled features. A very good work. Regards.

Hi Roger

Its a great studio portrait, she got nice pose, elegant lighting and dark back with superb shadows on her body
As you've recommended, Finally I've bought a 5D mark II with 24-105L...thank you for your support. long way to go!

Regards, Alireza

Nice soft lighting effect, although as has been said already perhaps a hair light to separate her head from the shadows a little more. It would be interesting to see what the catchlights produced by your lights will look like!

Hi Roger,

Its always pleasent to see great work from you. Once again my friend you have done a wonderful job capturing the natural beauty of Stephanie. I really like the relaxed and calm expressions of Stephanie which indeed creates an overall peacefull tone.

I really am impressed to see how well u have balanced the lights which produce a very even exposure of the subject. I think the dimmer switches are a great thing to have to control light for ur desired effect and this has led me to brew some ideas of my own now.

to wrap up i think its a great shot.

Thanks for sharing and keep clicking =)

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-30 4:19]


quelle élégance, fantastique image, un merveilleux portrait, soigné, aprfait.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Roger,

Excellent portrait of Stephanie.
I think the black background is a very good choice.
I like her pose.
Excellent light.

Best regards,

Wow Roger!

This is an amazing POV and pose of the gorgeous Stephanie! Love the light setup and the effect and mood it evokes-truly awesome portrait here with detailed notes to explain your masterclass methodology! Love the square crop and the skin tone is beautifully rendered with perfect exposure control! I love it!



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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-12-01 4:17]

hi Roger

I choose this one rather than you latest bicycling photo [it is I think a better catch in shutter] because the pink color attacts me more than B&W [that is purely my personal weakness] and also recently I have just read that staring at this picture for 30 minutes can make me live 5 years longer, so I am doing it now, with my eyes on the picture while my hands are on auto-pilot mode on keyboard.

Actually not just that, I saw your earlier series and I like Stephanie, you know, I like :) wink

You apply channel mix here too? Nice work.
tfs, bill

Hi Roger!

You have beautiful model! Please say hello to Stephanie! Nice shot!


Hellow Roger,
Great contrast, good exposure and most impressively the angle.Great tonal effect.

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