"If he looks like a professional photographer, has a professional camera, studio lights, and a background, then his work must be good." Recently, a client asked me to edit an image and add a background to provide continuity with photos taken by another photographer. The client provided me with a sample photo. At first glance, it looked "ok" but, upon further review, I saw some glaring flaws.
1. Head room. Although the subject was centered in the frame, there is way too much head room above the subject's head. This empty space draws your eye down and is distracting. 2. Eye glass glare. This can be reduced by raising the main light higher and moving the fill more to the side. In addition, bringing the camera angle down and/or asking the subject to slightly lower his chin will reduce or eliminate glare. Sometimes, it is just avoidable. So...edit out the glare in Photoshop! 3. Apparel. Make sure the subject's tie knot is tight, square, and high on the neck. Furthermore, make sure the collar of the subject's jacket is tight to his neck. 4. Cropping. In general, hands should either be in the frame or out of the frame. Tiny bits of hand should be cropped out either in front of the camera or in post processing. 5. Retouching. Take some time to retouch moles, acne, facial scars, and shadows under the eyes.
The image I submitted, on the right, was recropped from a fairly tight horizontal photo so the exact could not be duplicated. I created a closely similar background using OnOne Software and Photoshop.
"Professional Photography" is not interchangeable and does not guarantee the delivery of professional images.
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