…or How to Fix A Portrait. Wandering around firing off your camera without giving your image a lot of thought rarely turns out well but sometimes the circumstances do not allow for a great deal of thought until afterwards when you are sitting down with the image on the computer. This week I am focusing on photos that I took during the last musical that I directed and this portrait of this young actor is one of them. As you can see from the image to the right, the picture that came out of the camera was nothing special. The young lady’s expression was so full of excitement and life, it carried so much anticipation that I really wanted to do something about the fact that I had completely ruined the composition by cutting off part of her face. I often tell my young actors “if you make a mistake commit to it completely and people will think it is an artistic choice.” So I decided to follow my own advice and instead of bemoaning the fact that I had ruined what could have been an interesting photograph I committed completely to my mistake and cut her face right in half. There is something very compelling about that very striking single eye peering out at us from the image and I love how it turned out. I warmed up the colour temperature and increased the saturation, especially of the greens and that brought out the green in her eyes. I also increased the values on the black point to give a bit more drama to the lashes around her eye. I did a little work on some minor skin blemishes because the cropping is so tight and when I was done I was very happy with the way my ‘mistake’ turned out.