This is a slightly soft image using a broad single light source: the window. I assume exposure was the result an automatic setting that kept the window area from blowing out to pure white and, in doing so, had underexposed much of the subject. Closeness to the window (with no fill light) caused contrast in the face to have abrupt light falloff. The blur on the left is probably the result of something that appears closer to the camera than the subject.
Photoshop: The window area was burned in so that it had weight while keeping face in high contrast. The other adjustment was in color balance, a Channel adjustment that can be made in Curves or Levels. It is possible that there was some additional local burning in of the dark area to enhance the mood.
Yeah. In short, this is just a correctly exposed photo, in a situation where automatic exposure usually fails and overexposes, burning out the highlights beyond recovery.
Everything isn't Photoshop! Some things are still done with a camera...
So how is the lighting purplish?
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In Camera Raw or Lightroom you can adjust the Tint value to give a color cast like this. You can also adjust the Temperature values. Adjusting the Highlights and Shadows allow you to accentuate the light and darl areas of the image with a lot of control. And of course, exposure can be adjusted. The beauty of Camera Raw and Lightroom is that all changes are essentially "Live"
and non-destructive. Better than mKing the adjustments in Photoshop IMHO.
hope this helps,
Angie Taylor | http://wwwcreativecabin.co.uk
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You asked about creating the purple cast. As I mentioned previously, a Curves adjustment can produce that effect and adjust the contrast, as well.
In the example below, the adjustment in color and contrast was done using Curves. A soft-edged mask was used, as well, so that I could play with the flesh tone. For the most part, the mode was Lab Color so that color adjustments were separate from tonal range and contrast adjustments.