The guys at work have been REAMING me on my values. I wanted to pass along some of the things they've mentioned. http://www.autodestruct.com/images/vince_l.jpgBasically, you want to lead the eye INTO a composition with value, reserving areas of strongest lights/darks/saturation for the focal (In this case, the lightsaber/face). I saw a missed opportunity to put Luke's lightsaber against a darker background (creating glowy contrast) and using it as a strong, practical lightsource on his face. This whole exercise has been a personal struggle of determining what's important in an image. What do I emphasize? What can be lost? Motherfuck, this is hard. This is SO HARD. But the voyage thus far has not been fruitless! I hope you can say the same.
you said it. not fruitless in the least but still, FRIGGIN HARD! I totally see the missed opportunity to darken the background now that you mention it. coming back to this now, it's sticking out like a sore thumb.:( fuck.