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Lorey
08-10-2013, 04:25 PM
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Marko
08-11-2013, 10:24 AM
Although Jenny's face looks lovely here, overall this is way too blown out for my taste. The left side of the image is commanding excessive attention based on this treatment imo.
In addition Jenny's face is fairly expressionless, it looks like you caught her in mid-stare. I'm afraid this is not working for me.

Lorey
08-11-2013, 07:06 PM
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Marko
08-12-2013, 10:17 AM
(In an effort to share further) I was curious as to what you found so i did the same google search - https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1680&bih=935&q=hi+key+portraits&oq=hi+key+portraits&gs_l=img.3...1194.4354.0.4575.16.8.0.8.8.0.110.812 .3j5.8.0....0...1ac.1.24.img..1.15.829.eY4M8huNOOM

The very first thing you'll notice is the percentage of dark tones in your image versus the general search. I'd say 30% of your image is made of dark tones that do not include the model's hair and the model is against those dark tones. In the google link, the backgrounds are nearly always white and percentage of dark tones that don't include the model's hair is near zero for 98% of the images.

Since you like High key, I'd suggest being aware of the dark tones in your backgrounds and limiting them, or eliminating them in the image before clicking the shutter. Sidelight (so that the background (hopefully light coloured) is lit) with a reflector or fill flash on the model might be your friend for this type of set-up.
This is much much harder to do in the real world which is why it's more popular in the studio.
Hope that may help.

Lorey
08-12-2013, 09:24 PM
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