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Dec 31, 2013 11:58 |  #1

I've been in the mood to look through old files and have done a couple new edits.


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Dec 31, 2013 12:06 |  #2

Your subject is too bright for that background, makes it an obvious crop-job. Get your lighting to match and blend better.


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Dec 31, 2013 12:15 as a reply to  @ Boone13's post |  #3

She was actually photographed on location in the park with off-camera flash. I don't do "crop-jobs", I'm sure I wouldn't be able to pull it off.


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Dec 31, 2013 12:45 |  #4

I agree with Boone. It looks overly processed.




  
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Dec 31, 2013 12:48 |  #5

You've worked it so hard that it looks like a composite. Could you post a previous edit? Sometimes you start improving a image here and there incrementally and by the time you are done you realize how far you've gone.




  
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Dec 31, 2013 13:40 |  #6

i agree kinda looks like a back drop


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Dec 31, 2013 13:43 |  #7

The skin is over processed, the eyes are too white and she is about half a stop too bright on the face


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Dec 31, 2013 13:47 |  #8

I appreciate the comments, guys. This was shot after sunset in the woods so my two flashes were doing most of the lighting. I'm not sure if I ever presented this image to the client, but here is an earlier version I saved on this edit.


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Dec 31, 2013 14:04 as a reply to  @ amber j2010's post |  #9

I too think the first one looks processed to the point of looking fake. I like the second one a little better though. Did you put a filter on the background? It looks hazy.

Anyway, I know this is a pain unless you save versions as you go along but I feel like the skin is too perfect and the lighting doesn't match. Maybe you can play with curves and masking a bit to even the lighting out?

I think it's a great shot, the colors, composition work well for me. It just needs a little more (or less, as the case may be) tweaking in post.


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Dec 31, 2013 14:42 |  #10

gsouder- I decreseased the contrast in the background, lightening the darker bits. I didn't apply skin smoothing, she was a teenager, so there were a few blemishes to remove. I think Trevor is right about the face being too bright, I will darken it a little. What do you mean exactly when you say the lighting does not match?


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Dec 31, 2013 14:45 |  #11

amber j2010 wrote in post #16567296 (external link)
gsouder- I decreseased the contrast in the background, lightening the darker bits. I didn't apply skin smoothing, she was a teenager, so there were a few blemishes to remove. I think Trevor is right about the face being too bright, I will darken it a little. What do you mean exactly when you say the lighting does not match?

When you decrease the contrast on the background but not the subject it makes for a disconnect between the two, hence the idea that the lighting doesnt match or that your photos look like composites.




  
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Dec 31, 2013 14:58 |  #12

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When you decrease the contrast on the background but not the subject it makes for a disconnect between the two, hence the idea that the lighting doesnt match or that your photos look like composites.


I think I agree with this- The background is what's throwing me off on this. Looking over the other photos you posted, they all have a composite or backdrop feel to them. I know we are moving into a style choice as opposed to technical feedback, but IMHO there's a disconnect that is taking away from the stunning shot you took of a stunning person.

I hope I'm not being too hard here, but I feel that this could be an amazing image if that issue is addressed.


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Dec 31, 2013 15:00 |  #13

Looking at a couple of your other recent posts its a little more clear what you are working toward. The only thing I would caution is trying to apply the same formula to every image.




  
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Dec 31, 2013 16:27 |  #14

Quick edit trying to take in some of the advice here.


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Jan 01, 2014 10:31 |  #15

what every you are doing to the background doesn't match the style of how she is lit/dressed, and the white outline around her (especially her front) is a giveaway that you've processed the background.


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