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Portrait of son, 1st time in CC

 
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Mar 16, 2018 05:36 |  #1

Here is a baseball individual of my son. Never really sought feedback, just sometimes looks like my shots lack something that others have.

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t1i w/ 85 f.18. Raw file. Post in LR. He was in a shadow on the ground with full sun behind him. OOC was him fairly well exposed, background very bright.

Don't remember exactly what the sliders were, but in general..
Exposure (ALL): -2
Contrast: slight bump up
I don't think there was much change in lights, shadows, whites, blacks.
Local brush on him to bring his exposure back up, somewhere in the ballpark of +2 or so.
Lens Correction: CA purple slider = 5 (always with this lens)
Vignette

Thoughts?

Also, for whatever I lack technically, it is 10x worse with posing. I am not great at it, so I don't communicate well what should be done, and he is impatient a lot of the time with me.

Thanks.

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Mar 16, 2018 05:45 |  #2

I think it is a good photo.

Might be a little too much room above his head and it might be a little blue from a color temp perspective.

More importantly, have you tried a shot like this with flash? Even with the on board flash you can fill in the shadow from the brim of his hat just enough to get more pop on the face. Crank FEC up to the max and see what happens. A dedicated flashwould really make a difference.


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Mar 16, 2018 08:36 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #3

I have a flash, stand, and umbrella, but didn't use on this one. Was a half planned, half spur of the moment thing.

Thanks for the feedback. The color part has also bothered me. PP is done on my surface pro and is not a calibrated monitor. Sometimes I look at shots and see one thing, then look later and see another. Then the brightness/exposure always screws with me. I see one thing on my surface, then post it to a website and look on a different monitor and it looks dark. Just feel my PP output is just all over the place sometimes.


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Mar 19, 2018 21:38 |  #4

I think it looks fine overall. Color looks OK to me, although I would have to print to see just how that orange and the skin tones come out.

My personal taste would be to lessen the vignette. I do usually add one, but so it is not immediately obvious. Or brush in a non-oval one.

I would also lighten his face under the cap a bit (more?). Not too much and mostly around the eyes.

I'm not sure what else you think this lacks. Sometimes I desaturate the background a bit, perhaps just the greens in the trees (leave the browns/reds so it doesn't look too desaturated).


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Mar 20, 2018 07:38 |  #5

I think Left Hand and ejenner have given some great advice, I also think the photo is good.

With regards to posing however, I have to ask is your son a batter? A baseman? An outfielder? or a pitcher maybe?
Usually these sort of impromptu shoots with kids especially, your phone and google images can be your friend.
Google baseball portraits, and show him which one you think suits to help explain what you want him to do.
Kids live on their phones, they interact very well visually but like all kids don't take well to verbal direction.

Just a thought, my 2c......for next time maybe.




  
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Mar 22, 2018 13:44 |  #6

I think the pose works well. I would agree to lessen the vignette a bit and that he needs more light on his eyes/under the brim of his hat. He also seems to be squinting a bit much for my liking (for some, it's just what happens with a smile so you could have him try to relax the smile a bit). Personally I like to see the actual eyes and due to the lack of light and squint, they mostly just appear as dark slots.




  
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Mar 22, 2018 14:35 |  #7

Back off the vignette and perhaps rotate it clockwise 1 to 2 degrees.




  
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Mar 25, 2018 18:57 |  #8

Thanks for the replies guys.

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Apr 10, 2018 19:33 |  #9

nicely done.




  
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