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Nov 21, 2010 09:52 |  #1

I did a shoot and need some outside opinions....


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Nov 21, 2010 10:00 |  #2

Beautiful subject. The light is not flattering, the harsh light takes away from the subject matter.

There are several areas of the image that are blown out - shoulder, hair leg.

This image would glow in the soft light of the morning.


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Nov 21, 2010 10:12 |  #3

+1 ^^
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I am assuming the white streak from her hair to the bottom of the frame is a blade of grass?? I find it very distracting. When I first looked it appeared she dyed a white streak into her hair :)


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Nov 21, 2010 11:28 |  #4

the picture is beautiful but the white line on the left is kind of distracting


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Nov 21, 2010 12:08 |  #5

The photo works and although there are blown highlights, it works for this type of photo. The high contrast goes well with the ambience. Although, the white streak is distracting. Next time I would recommend using just a bit more fill flash/light towards her face.


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Nov 21, 2010 12:38 |  #6

+1 on the blades of grass in the foreground, otherwise the picture is decent and the model is nice.

Upon closer examination, her knee is really blown out and her blurry shoes are kind of distracting. If she was sitting in a different position might have been a little more flattering. Maybe knees down and to the side? But I am awful at posing people so take with a grain of salt.


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Nov 21, 2010 17:33 |  #7

Plus features-a nice smile and good bokeh.

Minus features- In addition to what was mentioned above, she is posed with her shoulders flat to the camera. A great pose for full backs. Not a good pose for a woman who wants to look like she is a size 3. The blown out shoulders, leg and hand are really distracting, and the lopped off right hand looks bad. The tree growing out of her head is another no no and the flat light does nothing to enhance her natural beauty.

Suggestions. Head for the shade from about 10 am to 5 pm to get darker backgrounds. You will also not have to worry about blown out areas in the shade caused by the bright sunshine.

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Nov 21, 2010 20:33 as a reply to  @ Benji's post |  #8

As you've probably noticed, there is a picture within a picture here. I think it's more flattering to the subject, but still suffers from blown highlights and the post behind her head. Still, I think it is a pleasant image.

(I just did a slap-dash job on her hair, but perhaps it is OK to illustrate the point.)

In the original I can't get past the boot and overexposed leg, both of which are very distracting.


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Nov 21, 2010 21:12 as a reply to  @ Rimmer's post |  #9

+1 on all of the above. My taste also is for closer cropping, less of the OOF surrounding still gives enough of the setting's mood. Also moves the face a bit off center. I also warmed the image a bit, especially the shaded shoulder. A subject as beautiful as this, with the warmth in the eyes, warrants a bit of cloning. The image is a pleasure to PP, thank you.


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Nov 21, 2010 21:24 |  #10

That cropped version looks much better than the original for a variety of reasons. One is that it hides her leg which is protruding into the foreground and is a distraction. The second is that it hides the unflattering shape of her arm as she rests on it, causing it to bend oddly. Cropping removes both those issues and our eyes can rest on her face, which is beautifully angled and nicely shot.


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Nov 21, 2010 22:14 as a reply to  @ suecassidy's post |  #11

Ahhhh... I appreciate all the input. Thank you very much. I can see it all clearer.
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