Winter Rose

Nikon D700: RAW
50mm f/1.4
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO 400

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Shooting mode: aperture priority with + 2/3 exposure compensation
Metering mode: pattern
Focus points: single
Focus mode: one-shot

This image was taken on October 22nd at 4:50pm, it was a sunny day and the sun was fairly low in the sky. Using a single focus point, I focused on her left eye.

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: In terms of bang for your buck, there is nothing better than the 50mm f/1.4 lens. For less than $500, you can have an amazing lens to help you create compelling portraits.

Below is the original and edited versions. Color and light adjustments were accomplished in Lightroom, along with very slight skin softening. I also used a custom brush that I created to enhance the eyes (this brush is available to members of my Advanced Lightroom Workshop).

Click here for my Photoshop Retouch + Sharpening action. My entire Lightroom workshop is available online: click here for more info.

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