I Am

by Rebecca Naen, Cheltenham UK
Exif: Canon EOS 350D, 24-70mm lens, 1/50sec at f/8, ISO 400

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Rebecca says

"I am a 19-year-old student studying Landscape Architecture in Dublin, but my passion has always been photography.I'm self-taught, having picked up my first camera when I was about 15. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I love what I do, and would like to take it further someday. This picture is titled ‘I Am', and was taken using natural light."

Martin's Verdict

There is not much I can pick fault with in this photograph. The model looks good and I love the eyelashes - they really stand out well! This is what I would regard as a classic, naturally lit beauty shot. Some people might be tempted to airbrush the face, but I don't think it is appropriate to apply this kind of retouching, especially when the subject has such good skin.
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However, my attention was drawn to some of the stray hairs. So what I did here was to add a new empty layer and work with the clone stamp tool to carefully retouch these hairs out. It is a fiddly job and takes practice to get right, but I reckon it was worth the effort. Check out the close-ups (below) in which I show a before and after view.

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The original shot (left) and after cloning (right)

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