As I get ready for my next portrait, I would love some advice about how to optimize this photo before I get it printed. I'm going to make the painting approximately 3' x 4.5'. I know Mark advises printing the photo to the exact size as the canvas which I may do but that will also probably be quite expensive. Does anyone have any good alternatives to printing the photo as big as the desired painting? I know the concept of the grid method but I guess I'm a little worried about screwing it up if I add that complication to the process. (I refuse to wait until I"m more experienced to try to make the art I want to make. If it falls short it falls short but it seems to me, this is how I'll get there eventually.)
More importantly, I'm not versed in photo editing. The light umbrella on the left I will just omit. I think that's easy. What should I do to this photo to make it a better source? The colors get pretty weird and confusing when I zoom in on the face. I just see such a jumble of orange, red and green pixels. What do you advise?
Thank you in advance!