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Mar 13, 2012 12:05 |  #1

The kiddo has been extraordinarily cooperative with portraits lately and I managed to get this while tinkering with some white seamless paper.

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Mar 13, 2012 12:14 |  #2

Cute kid, slightly oof, nose/lips seem sharpest looks like too wide aperture, blends into background, over exposed on the left side...

WB looks good, but need boost in contrast, crop is too tight....




  
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Mar 13, 2012 13:56 |  #3

I agree with the above. I'd add: I see blue tinging in the background e.g. around both ears.



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Mar 13, 2012 14:09 |  #4

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Cute kid, slightly oof, nose/lips seem sharpest looks like too wide aperture, blends into background, over exposed on the left side...

WB looks good, but need boost in contrast, crop is too tight....

Here's a 100% crop of the left eye...

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Pretty sharp... the nose/lips were just a touch softer but I do agree with you that that it seems slightly OOF. I was shooting at F3.2 at 70mm fairly close and was going for a very shallow depth of field but this might have been overkill. I might step it down another stop or two and try again to give a little more facial detail but still have some blur to the rear of the head.

The crop was done in camera and it is what it is but again, not sure it was the best choice. I tried playing with the contrast and black levels a little bit but was losing too much detail in the hair and eyes. I'll play with it a little more in LR... appreciate the feedback! ;)

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Mar 13, 2012 15:08 |  #5

Well it sure doesn't look that in focus in the original :) how did you save upload it? The other critiques still stand based on what is shown in the original...




  
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Mar 13, 2012 15:10 |  #6

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Well it sure doesn't look that in focus in the original :) how did you save upload it?

RAW converted to JPEG(highest quality) in Lightroom 3 and uploaded to Photobucket.

Photobucket might be part of the problem... :confused:


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Mar 13, 2012 19:05 |  #7

Did you resize it to 1024 on the longest edge? I've personally found that .png's work better




  
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Mar 13, 2012 22:07 |  #8

I'd clean up the background a bit. If you're on a Mac I've noticed it's too contrasty so you won't be able to make out what I mean, but I can still see some of the background in quite a few spots.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 22:21 |  #9

I don't know if Lightroom is similar to photoshop, but in photoshop I have noticed some very major differences between selecting bilinear or bicubic, best for smooth gradients, best for sharpness etc etc. For resizing. You may want to see the differences for yourself.


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Mar 14, 2012 00:58 as a reply to  @ mattmorgan44's post |  #10

Since he has such a pale complexion, I think he'd look better with a different background. He blends into the white too much for me.


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Mar 16, 2012 20:18 as a reply to  @ Frugal's post |  #11

Alright... second attempt. Closed down to F5 to keep a little more detail in the face.

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Mar 16, 2012 20:45 |  #12

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I'd clean up the background a bit. If you're on a Mac I've noticed it's too contrasty so you won't be able to make out what I mean, but I can still see some of the background in quite a few spots.

I see what you're talking about now...

I pulled it up on my iPad and was shocked to see how bad the background looked. My monitor (15" MBP) is calibrated but I still missed it... I can see it now that I'm looking for it but it's so subtle that it's easily overlooked. Is this a correctable problem?

I'm having to cheat and shoot pretty dirty because I'm only working with two lights which translates into a not so pure white background... two more AB's for dedicated background lighting are on order. ;)


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Mar 16, 2012 20:48 |  #13

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I see what you're talking about now...

I pulled it up on my iPad and was shocked to see how bad the background looked. I've calibrated my monitor(15" MBP) but I still missed it. Is this a correctable problem?

I'm having to cheap and shoot pretty dirty because I'm only working with two lights which translates into a not so pure white background... two more AB's for dedicated background lighting are on order. ;)

To be honest, I have no clue. From my experience newer monitors have better resolution leading to better contrast (or I'm probably making that up), but I know my laptop has a much less resolution than my iMac, and basically no contrast. So basically while you can see stuff on that computer you can't on the iMac, what I do is just upload realize what I need to clean up, make the changes, re-upload and see if on my PC if I need to do anything more.

This is if I'm removing a background, and I just repeat until the background is finally clear.




  
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Mar 16, 2012 20:50 |  #14

laxlife1234 wrote in post #14100419 (external link)
To be honest, I have no clue. From my experience newer monitors have better resolution leading to better contrast (or I'm probably making that up), but I know my laptop has a much less resolution than my iMac, and basically no contrast. So basically while you can see stuff on that computer you can't on the iMac, what I do is just upload realize what I need to clean up, make the changes, re-upload and see if on my PC if I need to do anything more.

This is if I'm removing a background, and I just repeat until the background is finally clear.

24" IPS display is also on my REALLY short list... this editing on a laptop crap is for the birds. :|


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