I wanted to share a new addition to my portfolio. This is a shot of a friend of mine Tom where I wanted to shoot a very simple, close, dark dramatic portrait using a single strobe light in a softbox, black background and then zooming in tight to give it some real impact. A lot of my work is cropped close in and I do like the feeling that gives off in a shot.
For colour processing, I really just added contrast and desaturated the colour. The retouching was pretty minimal too, and if your wondering whether I enhanced the beard in any way....I didn't. It's was as tidy as that straight out of the camera. Not a hair out of place! I did remove some minor blemishes, and bring out the light and dark areas a little. Then just some enhancement work on the eyes to finish things up.
It's amazing what cropping can do. Photo's and style are very subjective. I have to say I've never had a problem cropping in and cutting the tops of heads a bit if it works for the shot. I find it helps pull you into the image a bit more.
I also applied some black and white treatment to this and love the results....
Let me know in the comments which one you prefer....
Thanks for reading.