Jason Montgomery wrote:
>I got this from Justin Grant's website. Generally I love his style
>of portrait and glamour photography.

This is a gorgeous photo!! Does he have anything on his website that tells about how he makes his images??

>To get the obvious out of the way, the model is certainly attractive.
>I'm not too crazy about the flowery bra, but I like that she is just
>as seductive, if not more, with it on.

Well, then we've got one thing you've understood about your
personal preferences. ;) Sometimes seduction is not directly
related to nudity, for you... ;)

>As for the composition, I like her legs somewhat along the diagonals.
>Furthermore, I like how the line of her left leg seems to end with her
>right shoulder. I think not including a clear shot of her face is
>important to the composition. Including it would make it more a
>picture of a pretty girl. As is, it is more about the curves and muscle
>tone of her body, imo.


One thing to notice - when you say that she's got muscular tone, what I suspect you are REALLY responding to is the
way the shadows define her body. For example, the "centerline" shadow on her stomach, the "buff" shadow on her thigh, and
the "ripped" shadow on her arm.

There's a really important lesson hidden in this, which is that you can create an appearance of muscular definition
by amping contrast in a scene. You can amp the contrast by brightening highlights (use hard light along edges) or
by deepening shadows (use defined light to make pools of darkness) - as in this case. The danger with using angular
lighting is...

Hey - anyone on the list want to tell me what the biggest dangers of using angled lighting are? Someone?

>** The lighting is everything about this picture. I love how it seems
>to bounce off the curves and leave the rest somewhat darker. It is
>soft and helps the feel of soft smooth skin. **

This image has incredibly soft lighting because (I think) it was light-painted in camera (or so heavily photoshopped as makes
no difference) - when you look at the image closely, you will notice that the light hitting her varies considerably in intensity
and there's a lack of "spill" that is very suspicious. Also, light-painted images tend to have this "glow" to them because
the skin-textures are evened out because the light hitting the skin comes from several directions and tends to "erase" the
little shadows created by scars, zits, etc.

Karl? Do you concur? Does this look like a light-painting to you?