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Oct 18, 2011 09:18 |  #1

Been doing a bit of photos lately but there is nothing I feel it's presentable, until now...

Done a portrait session for my friend Monica.... and the following are couple of pics I feel confident to present.

Looking forward to your C&C, it will help me to improve and inspired. Thank you very much in advance.

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Oct 18, 2011 09:26 |  #2

Color seems off, green tint at least on my monitor.

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Oct 18, 2011 10:37 |  #3

The poses are actually very good, but seem a bit contrasty.

But, to me, the backgrounds are distracting in the last two and the little flowers off to the right in the first one really don't add to the shot. She is supposed to be the most interesting part of the picture, not fuzzy statues, white fences, or little flowers.


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Oct 18, 2011 10:43 as a reply to  @ Jon C's post |  #4

The white balance is off - she looks green in 1 and 3, pink in 2


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Oct 18, 2011 11:32 |  #5

#2 has a bit of promise....not sure about the cut off hands.

The first and the third images have horrible green casts to them....if you were going for the zombie look...you have a winner...if not, you might want to reprocess them.


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Oct 18, 2011 12:10 |  #6

#2 - If the statue is going to be in the background, crop wider.
The sunglasses are are not helping in #1 and #3.
Like #2 the most.


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Oct 18, 2011 13:23 |  #7

Agree with color issues. I like the poses and you have a terrific model but your blacks are blocked up.

And what's with this tilted image fad? Canon goes to the trouble of putting leveling capability in their latest body and angles seems to be the current fad. Is that a Nikon conspiracy or something? ---End rant---


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Oct 18, 2011 18:39 |  #8

Thanks guys.

With the green cast - I was using some of the "Lightroom Preset" I have downloaded from "preset heaven".

At a glance it looked very cool.... it looks like "highway to get stylish" for me.... and my recent addiction to the iPhone app "Hipstamatic" isn't really helping.

Now you guys have mentioned, then I realize I have a total screw up re this!

I should have stick to the tradition and forget about those hippie color! Sigh!

And what's with this tilted image fad? Canon goes to the trouble of putting leveling capability in their latest body and angles seems to be the current fad. Is that a Nikon conspiracy or something?

Just out of curiosity, (consider most of you guys have be a member here for a long time which I believe you both have extensive amount of experience) tilt angle is also another taboo?

Funny thing: before I went to the photo shoot, a very experienced phototog just said to me the road of learning photography is a very twisty and usually have steep curve... a lot of people will actually gone for the completely wrong direction.... and I was hoping I am not one of them....

Look like I am :(


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Oct 18, 2011 18:51 |  #9

Andy - that was just my opinion. I've seen a bunch of it lately and it does wear thin quickly. But I'm considered an old fart so I should make way for the new guys. Just don't over use any technique - 2 out of 3 of your posted shots were tipped.


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Oct 18, 2011 20:10 |  #10

The first image would be might favorite with a little cropping. The second has that white framework that extends into her head and she doesn't seem to be the dominant subject in the third image.
Here's a quick edit to crop the first image and I did auto-color and auto-tone adjustments to help get rid of the green tint.


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Oct 18, 2011 20:37 |  #11

It does look better without the green tint! Thanks bob_r :)


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Oct 19, 2011 09:21 |  #12

Here's my second attempt.

Tried to fix the skin tone and white balance. Lose the presets and bring back more details in the dark/shadows

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Oct 21, 2011 00:50 as a reply to  @ andylo's post |  #13

Nice work Andy.

At a glance it looked very cool.... it looks like "highway to get stylish" for me.... and my recent addiction to the iPhone app "Hipstamatic" isn't really helping.

Now you guys have mentioned, then I realize I have a total screw up re this!

I should have stick to the tradition and forget about those hippie color! Sigh!

Styles are fine - you just have to be selective so that it's one that adds the image. The "green tint style" just looks like you were aiming for "normal" colors and missed the mark. But don't give up on all styles - B&W is a style.


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Oct 21, 2011 09:10 |  #14

Thanks for the encouragement :)


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Oct 21, 2011 20:43 |  #15

couple of quick comments:
Beautiful model.

white balance is off.
#1 I would crop off the flowers on the right- they are not framing her but are distracting
#2 and #3 personnaly not a big fan of the tilt shots, plus the statue's coloration competes with her skin tones.

She is beautiful, something to keep in mind when shooting a portrait - She is THE subject, include only things that accent her or draw attention to her, exclude anything that competes with her for your eye's attention.


Your photo # 2 has examples of both.
first the statue in the fountain distracts the eye from your model.

Now place your hand over the statue/crop the left side of the photo
notice the leading lines -
The latice work guides the eye to her,
The edge of the fountain dish guides your eye to her
Her arms, and lines of the dress pleasingly bring the eye up to her face and eyes.

You have some nice shots of a beautiful lady, keep shooting!




  
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