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Feb 15, 2014 16:24 |  #1

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I took these a couple of days ago. They were meant to be used as a basic portrait/headshot. Please give me some constructive feedback on these and let me know what you think can be improved.

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Feb 15, 2014 17:31 |  #2

Love the sharp focus on the eyes. My monitor shows the necks to have a somewhat green hue. Very nice work overall.




  
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Feb 16, 2014 03:50 |  #3

i agree skin tone is a little off and might even be too shallow for my taste


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Feb 16, 2014 10:56 as a reply to  @ Pixil Studio's post |  #4

Just my 2 cents. The brightness of her skin at her shirt's neckline takes my eye there and competes with her eyes. You could dodge that area, but maybe a little tighter crop would be better?? Otherwise, lovely work!




  
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Feb 16, 2014 11:23 |  #5

Nice shots. A little too heavy with the sharpening tool on the eyes. And the forehead needs some cleaning up. Otherwise nice.


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Feb 16, 2014 14:50 |  #6

StanNJ1 wrote in post #16693663 (external link)
Nice shots. A little too heavy with the sharpening tool on the eyes. And the forehead needs some cleaning up. Otherwise nice.

Talk to me about sharpening on the eyes. Why do you think they are too sharp? Not a challenge, just trying to define your observation.


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Feb 16, 2014 14:52 |  #7

GrendelKhan wrote in post #16692046 (external link)
Love the sharp focus on the eyes. My monitor shows the necks to have a somewhat green hue. Very nice work overall.


I see the green hue now, thanks for pointing it out! One of things where I didn't notice it and now I can't unsee it.


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Feb 16, 2014 15:18 |  #8

I love the models look, the lighting is good really vibrant. But as mentioned color a little off, a little too shallow, and would like to have it go to the top of the head and less to the bust.


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Feb 16, 2014 23:15 |  #9

Her eyebrows seem blurry to me. I'm not sure if that was a makeup choice or a post processing choice, but I noticed it before I noticed her beautiful eyes.
My eyes have a hard time finding a place to rest in these photos because only her lips and eyes seem to be in focus, with all the extra blur happening. I think the blurring is having the opposite effect than desired. My eyes go straight to every wrinkle or pore that hasn't been airbrushed.
Lighting wise, I think this is lovely. With a softer hand on the blur, I'd be happy to call this my headshot!


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Feb 16, 2014 23:33 |  #10

it must be over sharpening thats making her skin almost look pasty and her nose looks wider to to the blurring


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Feb 17, 2014 19:03 |  #11

First - Both are nice shots.

I am not really sure about the sharpening comments. I am guessing it might not be a sharpening issue rather than a blur issue. Did you use the blur tool to try and increase DOF effect? I ask that because in the first image the eye is well in focus but the eyebrow seems quite blurred, yet the cheek bone which should be close to the same depth as the eyebrow seems in focus.


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Feb 18, 2014 12:08 |  #12

No, the DOF on both shots were done in camera. One thing that I noticed is that on the first one the eyes are crisp but the tips of the eyelashes are blurred. I think this is a case of me working the aperture too much. If I was a little further away, or I notched up the DOF a stop or two I would have gotten a crisp image of the eyebrow through the inner face making it a more engaging photo.

Also, the post on color I completely see, it does have a vague green cast to it.

I don't see a sharpening issue however. On the second one her eye lashes and eyes are crystal clear, I just looked at the original, full res image and I don't see any distortion at 100%. Can anyone help me understand where the sharpening issues are?

By the way, this is really helpful. I love shooting wide open, but this is a lesson on control and taste. These could have been better images with some aperture discretion.


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Feb 18, 2014 14:53 |  #13

i agree with the other comments. burn down the chest area so it doesnt steal attention and work on smoothing the skin just a bit, it looks blotchy.


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Feb 18, 2014 14:55 |  #14

I'm not loving the super shallow DOF. Its thin enough to detract rather than add to the image.




  
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Feb 18, 2014 20:13 |  #15

gonzogolf wrote in post #16699548 (external link)
I'm not loving the super shallow DOF. Its thin enough to detract rather than add to the image.

This. :)

It's a head shot. I'd like to see her facial features nice and sharp not just her eyes. :)


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