Editor’s Choice: A Stylized Woman Portrait

Femininity is often best captured in photographs by women photographers. There are definitely photos where you can tell that a woman was holding the camera—either due to the photo’s stylization or its editing. Let’s take a look at one photo like this on Zonerama.

It’s not entirely impossible to tell from a photo whether it was taken by a man or a woman. For example in this picture from Zonerama, you can tell it was photographed by a woman due to its overall approach. The carefully chosen clothing, accessories, and location all give clues.

Can you tell if this photo was taken by a man or a woman? Photo: Zachováme zážitky

Can you tell if this photo was taken by a man or a woman? Photo: Zachováme zážitky

Gently and Gracefully

The photo is tuned towards warm brown tones. The contrast is not “cranked up,” but gentle, with a smooth transition. The overall edit also feels very gentle and graceful. Simply put, very feminine, which suits the photos well. The scene’s color composition is brilliant—the clothing, props, and environment are in harmony.

The scene’s color composition is truly up there; the colors are in superb harmony and the picture is pleasant to look at; nothing disturbs it.

The scene’s color composition is truly up there; the colors are in superb harmony and the picture is pleasant to look at; nothing disturbs it.

And here’s the picture’s histogram:

The photo’s histogram.

The photo’s histogram.

Not a Golden Crop

The composition is basically to the center. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Still, a golden-crop placement would have been more impressive. But the prop here is an advantage, as it balances things out.

This scene isn’t ideally composed.

This scene isn’t ideally composed.

A Tilted Horizon

But there is one small flaw in the photo’s beauty we could find: the horizon is tilted, and with it, the door frame as well. A quick application of the Align Horizon tool (H) in Zoner Photo Studio would be enough here.

The picture needs to have its horizon straightened.

The picture needs to have its horizon straightened.

Smart Execution

There are some photographic disciplines where women simply make better photographers. This stylized portrait is a great example—femininity exudes from the photo’s execution as well as its overall treatment, and it fits the picture.

Last updated 8. July 2016

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Author: Majo Elias

I’ve been taking pictures since 2004. When I was starting out, I photographed almost everything. Later my style solidified and I began photographing people almost exclusively. At the moment my main genres are fashion and advertising.

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