If you want to check to see if an image is properly exposed in the highlights and the shadows use this Photoshop technique.
Open the image and grab the eyedropper from the tool box, then go to the top of the screen and click on Window then scroll down to Info. A box will appear. Hover the eyedropper over the brightest area of skin (usually a reflection of the main light on the cheek or forehead) and read the "R" reading on the left side of the box. If it is between 236 and 240 the image is properly exposed. If it above 240 it is overexposed. If it is below 236 it is underexposed. There are 32 points in one stop, so if your reading was 225 in the brightest area of skin you are 1/3rd of a stop underexposed (236 minus 11 = 225. One third of 32 is 11.)
To check for underexposure, hover the eyedropper over the darkest shadow that you should have detail in. In a woman with long hair this will be under the ear on the shadow side of the image. This reading should be between 12 and 32. If it is below 12 it is underexposed.
In the example image below, the brightest area was at the black circle on her forehead and it measures 240. The darkest area was under her ear and hair on the shadow side of her face and the area inside the white circle measures 15.
To check this for yourself right click on this image and highlight "Save Picture As" then note where the image was saved to and the name (INFO) then open it up in Photoshop.
Benji's Book Posing and Lighting
My full color 8.5 x 11 inch glossy 44 page book on how to pose and light the high school senior girl is in my hands are ready to be shipped. It has 44 different poses in it, including head and shoulders, waist up, 3/4 and full length poses. Twenty six poses are shown without a prop, most of the rest of the poses are with chairs that can be bought locally in a second hand furniture store (or new!) I also show a steel "school" chair that I have modified, and I've included instructions how to do it. Four pages of lighting diagrams and five wide angle shots showing the entire scene, then the actual close up shot of that same image so you can see just what the heck the rest of her body is doing to get that great close up shot! LOTS of posing and lighting tips in easy to understand language. Poses for the larger gal as well as the size 6 senior are shown. This is a "lay flat" book that you can show to your client and let her choose what she likes thereby eliminating poses that will not sell.
Benji's Video Photographing The High School Senior in the New MillenniumOver 45 minutes long and jam packed with lots of good instruction on posing and lighting for the high school senior girl. How to get beautiful indoor lighting for head and shoulders portraits, 3/4 length and full length poses. All of this and lots more are covered, most showing exactly what I do to get the shot. I show in several of the images what problems will crop up when YOU attempt this pose and what you need to do to correct it. The exact placement of the lights to get these shots is also covered in detail. Outdoor poses are covered also. Perfect exposure quickly and easily whether you are shooting digital or film. This is the instructional video for you. You have already experienced my easy to understand style of teaching in my tutorials found here and several of them are included in this video also.
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