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Terry Family - First Family Session in PA

 
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Oct 17, 2012 14:37 |  #1

Hey POTN'ers

Just thought I'd share some of my latest shots from a recent family session(my first since moving to a new state).

Would love comments and critique: I realize the watermark is obtrusive, but I'm uploading from a computer that only has access to my client proofs. Client loves them, by the way!

Pros. cons and suggestions for improvement would be great.

Thanks,

Mike Watkins

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Oct 17, 2012 16:23 |  #3

those are some super cute kiddos!
Im really digging that exposed brick background.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 16:27 |  #4

I like them but they are a tad overcooked in post.




  
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Oct 17, 2012 23:25 |  #5

Great set!


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Oct 18, 2012 02:45 |  #6

Nice pics....Your children are looking cute but you and your husband are looking overexposed!!




  
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Oct 18, 2012 09:42 as a reply to  @ rubyclaire's post |  #7

Thanks for the comments. Maybe I need to recalibrate my monitor, because I didn't notice them being blown out when editing.

Gonzogolf, Do they seem overcooked in general, or just the skin. I'm really going for rich bold colors, but perhaps Portraiture was a bit strong. The kids faces were a little splotchy, so I am trying to even it out a bit.

Rubyclaire, These are actually clients of mine, but their kids are cute.

The client wanted modern looking wall portraits. The kids will be printed on 20x20 metallinc paper "standouts", and the group shot will be a 20x30 metallic paper standout, if any of that matters.

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Oct 18, 2012 09:51 |  #8

shadow catcher wrote in post #15138111 (external link)
Thanks for the comments. Maybe I need to recalibrate my monitor, because I didn't notice them being blown out when editing.

Gonzogolf, Do they seem overcooked in general, or just the skin. I'm really going for rich bold colors, but perhaps Portraiture was a bit strong. The kids faces were a little splotchy, so I am trying to even it out a bit.

Rubyclaire, These are actually clients of mine, but their kids are cute.

Thanks,
Mike

This looks like it may be the result of a bad monitor. A few years ago when I first started doing photoshop work I was doing it on a POS hp laptop that had a very flat, desaturated, and dark display. As a result, my photos all came out very contrasty, over-saturated, and often too bright. I didn't realize it until I saw them on a better screen.




  
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Oct 18, 2012 09:54 |  #9

The individuals look good to me. Bright, but not in a bad way. The family one does look overcooked, especially on the parents' faces. Even more so on mom.


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Oct 18, 2012 09:58 |  #10

charro callado wrote in post #15138153 (external link)
This looks like it may be the result of a bad monitor. A few years ago when I first started doing photoshop work I was doing it on a POS hp laptop that had a very flat, desaturated, and dark display. As a result, my photos all came out very contrasty, over-saturated, and often too bright. I didn't realize it until I saw them on a better screen.

Any suggestions on a good monitor. Mine is about 5 years old and was a cheaper(+-$200.00) LG when I bought it. I'd like to stay around $1000.00. I'm currently calibrating with a Huey Pro, and did a fresh calibrate right before editing these, but maybe the monitor is due a replacement.

However, I do like contrasty and bold, so some of it could be my style as well. I'm really wanting the images to pop when printed on the metallic paper. I'm gonna run some smaller test prints before I order the wall hangers.

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Oct 18, 2012 10:02 |  #11

To me the colors are a bit oversaturated, I get what you are going for but maybe come back a bit. In the second shot the kid doesnt have any skin left, just a smudge with sharp eyes. All the faces are a little bright. Are you running portraiture on kids?




  
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Oct 18, 2012 10:03 |  #12

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The individuals look good to me. Bright, but not in a bad way. The family one does look overcooked, especially on the parents' faces. Even more so on mom.

Thanks for the specific feedback. I did do a little more on their faces. Dad's face was really red, so I tried toning that down. Mom's is actually a head swap done to get a better expression. I'll jump back in to this one tonight, and tweak a bit.

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Oct 18, 2012 10:04 |  #13

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To me the colors are a bit oversaturated, I get what you are going for but maybe come back a bit. In the second shot the kid doesnt have any skin left, just a smudge with sharp eyes. All the faces are a little bright. Are you running portraiture on kids?

I've looked on two separate IPS monitors and I don't see a smudge with sharp eyes...


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Oct 18, 2012 10:06 |  #14

gonzogolf wrote in post #15138206 (external link)
To me the colors are a bit oversaturated, I get what you are going for but maybe come back a bit. In the second shot the kid doesnt have any skin left, just a smudge with sharp eyes. All the faces are a little bright. Are you running portraiture on kids?


The kids were crying and had their faces a little splotchy, so I tried to even out some of the red areas, so Portraiture was used. The test prints may really tell the tale, especially about my monitor. They seemed to look like what I had envisioned on my screen, but I'll run the test prints to be sure.

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Oct 18, 2012 10:26 |  #15

cdifoto wrote in post #15138218 (external link)
I've looked on two separate IPS monitors and I don't see a smudge with sharp eyes...

I'm not really seeing any skin detail.




  
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