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May 20, 2010 13:11 |  #1

Hello,

I have never posted an image here for cc. I am very much a noob. I recently went out with my girlfriend and took some shots. She gets to be my model, which she probably gets tired of haha. Anyways this is my favorite image from the set, and I'd like to know what you think.This was taken with the 70-200 f4.

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May 20, 2010 13:20 |  #2

nice subject i like it a little bland but i like it


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May 20, 2010 13:21 |  #3

How do you think it could have been improved, the cropping perhaps? Open to hear anything.


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May 20, 2010 13:26 |  #4

great smile on her, I see 1 finger quite distracting.


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May 20, 2010 13:57 |  #5

did you use a flash too? I like this photo!


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May 20, 2010 14:01 |  #6

Very nice smile. Tell your gf she can model more for you. Picture is nice.
Did you had to do much pp on it? Her thumb is a little distracting, maybe
look into the posing books to get some ideas for next time. Overall, good job.




  
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May 20, 2010 14:26 |  #7

I really like the shot except I think the image is oversharpened? The edges of her finger and face arent smooth (on my works monitor at least).




  
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May 20, 2010 14:27 |  #8

For me the lighting is a little too even across her face. But only just a touch.
Her finger/thumb is odd, but already spoken about.
The is suffering from 'floating head and sholders' syndrome. her black top and the dark BG give the illusion of those parts floating.

Pretty girl, shoot her more often.


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May 20, 2010 19:10 |  #9

nice shot! do u have more?


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May 20, 2010 19:13 |  #10

I think its great. It does look slightly over-sharpened, but not much.




  
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May 21, 2010 00:37 |  #11

Nice model! A couple things I think could be done better are the pose makes her right arm appear short and stubbly. Then it might have more interest if there was more space between the model and the door. All the details behind her just distract.
Good image and I like it though.


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May 21, 2010 02:23 |  #12

Thanks everyone.


For the pp I used Lightroom. I used a preset that gave some cooler tones and then used the brush to soften the skin a little bit, and then lighten up the hair in a few places.

No flash was fired, only available light.


Here is another one since someone asked:

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I appreciate the feedback!

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May 21, 2010 07:47 |  #13

Very nice images. I pretty much agree with comments the others provided; finger and PP. The last image is my favorite. I like the pose, smile and PP better than the first. I would suggest cropping out the black at the base of her legs (shoes??) on the last image. Your girl friend is lovely and makes a terrific model. She seems so at ease in front of the camera. Keep her happy so you can continue to perfect your technique.


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May 21, 2010 08:38 |  #14

Evaluation of images is VERY selective. What one person sees an a plus another person sees as a minus. I agree that your girlfriend is a great model and you appear to be well on your way as well. Obviously the images are not "snap shots" but the question that I would have is if you are going after an informal model image or a more refined model image.

If I look at the first image I would rather see all of her hair and her left arm in the image. In some instances a photographer is forced to crop, but I don't know if this is one of those cases. The second image gives me a feeling of being "unbalanced" for lack of a better term. (That being said, there are lots of model images where I think they look unbalanced and if this was your intent you got it.) In the second image I would get rid of the light (white spot) above her head and also the one to the left (image right) of her head. I also would try to burn in the brick wall so that it is not quite so noticeable and also burn the steps to her left so that they matched closer to the ones on her right.

Again, I think both of you are on track and these are just my opinion of ways to improve the images. The bottom line is if you are happy with the images that is all that matters.

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May 21, 2010 09:32 |  #15

love the color of the eyes, pop out more then the first image.
Hawk mention about the (white spot) on the top above her head.
Get rid of it in PS. Also, I was drawn to the red mark or bruise by her knee.
If you can, get rid of that too.




  
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