This image features a perfectly-exposed, beautiful young woman. I suspect that it’s probably pretty popular, but for me, I’d like to see a slightly more conventional approach – sort of.

I’m really torn by this image. So much of it works but a few things confuse me. The blown out highlights in the background could be – on the one hand distracting, but on the other, it could be just considered another high-key background. At the end of the day, I came down on thinking the hi-key background wins out.

Scott's Take

Scott's Take

But the image does need to be straightened in my opinion. I am also troubled by the model’s gaze out of the frame. I’d rather see her looking directly at the camera or to the other side. Again, this is probably my old age showing itself. Today, this sort of framing seems to be more acceptable Traditionally, you don’t want your subject looking out of the frame.

Otherwise, the image looks great. The pose and expression are perfect (except for the direction the model is facing) and I am sure the photographer has a right to be pleased with the image.

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