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Jan 05, 2011 20:05 |  #1

These are my girls, and this is what we used for our Christmas pic this year (although the Christmas pic was cropped closer and a was "darker" sepia treatment). It is my favorite pic that I have ever taken so far to date. This was shot on an overcast day with a 4x4 Lastolite Skylite panel reflector for a little warmth, but no other lighting. Some post processing, although not a lot. Mostly some work on the eyes to make them pop a little more (they were a little dark with almost no catchlight) and a little layer blending with overlay. Comments? Critique? Suggestions?


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And one with a little texture overlay. Anyone prefer this over the non-texture? I'm printing the first one large (36"x36") on aluminum from ImageWizards with their white aluminum glossy finish so kind of excited to see how it turns out.

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Jan 05, 2011 20:17 |  #2

Not a fan of #2, but #1 is lovely.


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Jan 05, 2011 20:17 |  #3

Prefer the non texture... Nice job!


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Jan 05, 2011 20:18 |  #4

I prefer the color / contrast of #2 ... but not the odd textures


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Jan 05, 2011 20:26 |  #5

Love #1! Not a fan of the weird texture.


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Jan 06, 2011 04:42 |  #6

Thank you all for the feedback. Kind of what I anticipated with the texture, but I'm trying to broaden my PS skills (which won't be hard as I'm not that well versed) so I'm experimenting a little.


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Jan 06, 2011 04:59 |  #7

Even minus the texture I still like how the first one is processed so much more, the texture is a drag imo. If you're going for a lens flare effect I could work but I don't think you've executed it properly here. #1 is pretty good.


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Jan 06, 2011 11:02 |  #8

This is why I like overcast days to shoot in. No heavy shadows or streaks of sunshine ruining the image, but there is one problem with overcast days, raccoon eyes and both of the girls have them. An off camera flash at camera right at about one stop more than the ambient aperture reading would have popped some light into those dark sockets and made a nice catchlight in addition.

Posing. Virtually any time you shoot someone standing, you should tell them to place all their weight onto the back foot then tell them to shift the weight of their body onto the rear hip. This will tilt the hips and shoulders and make the subject look 10 pounds lighter!

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Jan 06, 2011 11:31 |  #9

Very nice...I like #1 best




  
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Jan 06, 2011 11:37 |  #10

You've got pretty girls.
Pic #1 is nice. I wish you could have a pic somewhere in the middle of 1 & 2 (minus the textures). 2 is too warm, but I like the processing of it (if it were done at about 50%). I hope that makes sense.


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Jan 06, 2011 18:18 |  #11

I really like #1. I would avoid these textures...


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Jan 06, 2011 19:28 |  #12

I like number 1. Great pose and composition.

If you want to explore textures, a sunflare might look nice. Your profile says photo editing is ok so I made a quick edit with a flare, hopefully you don't mind. If you like the idea your girls would need to be white balance to make the photo warmer to match the rest. I used a plug in for this that I could try to find a link for if you would like

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Jan 06, 2011 23:03 |  #13

#2 colors are much nicer than #1 but I agree I do not like the texture


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Jan 07, 2011 07:15 |  #14

Benji wrote in post #11585133 (external link)
This is why I like overcast days to shoot in. No heavy shadows or streaks of sunshine ruining the image, but there is one problem with overcast days, raccoon eyes and both of the girls have them. An off camera flash at camera right at about one stop more than the ambient aperture reading would have popped some light into those dark sockets and made a nice catchlight in addition.

Posing. Virtually any time you shoot someone standing, you should tell them to place all their weight onto the back foot then tell them to shift the weight of their body onto the rear hip. This will tilt the hips and shoulders and make the subject look 10 pounds lighter!

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@Benji - Although I didn't really see it until you mentioned it, you're right on the money with the raccoon eyes. I knew they were dark as the catchlights were almost non-existent and I spent some time editing their eyes. Perhaps I should have used the dodge tool a little in PS so maybe I'll experiment with that a little. I almost always shoot with supplemental lighting (couple of Speedlites on a DIY bracket into a smaller softbox) but didn't this time as I was trying to do "more with less" just using the reflector. Probably should have brought the softbox along.

And thank you for the posing tip too! Posing is something I am working on for this year. I am keeping a "pose book" to show clients but your tip is a great one that I'll put in the file.

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I like number 1. Great pose and composition.

If you want to explore textures, a sunflare might look nice. Your profile says photo editing is ok so I made a quick edit with a flare, hopefully you don't mind. If you like the idea your girls would need to be white balance to make the photo warmer to match the rest. I used a plug in for this that I could try to find a link for if you would like

@Silverstang - Nice edit and nope, don't mind at all. I wasn't really going for the sunflare thing here, but I love sunflares.

@ everyone else: Thanks for all the love! Clearly the texture version is a big FAIL on my part :oops:. I actually kinda liked it, but that just goes to show you that your own opinion is really just that - 1 opinion. So, I'll go with the "majority rules" concept and chalk that up to experience.


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Jan 07, 2011 07:24 |  #15

@benji. OCF at +1 stop on ambient? wow. I've always kept it at or just below ambient and it's always enough to fill the eyes and provide a catchlight... BUT then again, I hate OCF shadows and the obvious flash look. Not to jack the OP's thread (and yes, I know there's an OCF thread by Phamster and he's great with it!), but I'd love to see an example of yours... ;)

OP: 1st shot is great. Don't overthink it. Just your girls on a neutral but interesting background with a lot of depth. Great shot and I love that you're printing it square! As a former 6x6 shooter, I LOVE square images! Great job!


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