1. in what area is critique to be sought?
Composition, general feel of the portrait, lighting, and PP.
2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
To learn to use clamshell lighting, and improve my portraiture skills in general.
3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
This was a simple portrait taken with my 450D and 17-55mm f2.8 at 55mm f11.
Lighting: I wanted to try clamshell lighting. I used a tago-tech umbrella soft box and 430ex2 above and silver reflector below.
PP: crop, sharpening, removal of blemishes, and curves.
4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
This is my first attempt at clamshell lighting, and one of my early attempts using off-camera lighting. I am pleased with the result of the portrait, especially how the light sculpts my model's facial features, but wish to know how I can improve my composition and lighting. Also, I'm concerned that the picture looks a little too monochrome.