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Jan 04, 2015 13:04 |  #16

Don't care for the sun glare in the first one. And in the other teo, her face is darker than other parts of the image. I feel the subject's face should be brightest.




  
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Jan 06, 2015 09:31 |  #17

MrJack787 wrote in post #17346945 (external link)
What about this one? Other than I should have kept her arms in the shot.

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Alveric wrote in post #17346989 (external link)
The head on angle is better for her facial shape; however the background didn't help you there. Those branches are way too in focus and thus, distracting.

Also, your light is too low: you don't want ghoulish lighting. Go for open loop: place your light @ 45° above her head and 45° towards the side of her.

I don't have the $$$$ for fast lenses, so I was recently looking to see how to fake DoF background blur with photoshop and stumbled on http://phlearn.com/fak​​e-depth-field-photoshop (external link)

I tried it once so far just to get the steps down and it did a reasonably ok job. I think I just need to work on the details such as the amount of feathering and such; it was a rush job. It's definitely something I'd do for a keeper going forward. Most of my shots are family snapshots, though. I hope to get back into the art of photography.

I'd probably get frustrated with the selection tool and her hair in your shot, though. Regardless, it doesn't hurt to play around; you may like the result.


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Jan 06, 2015 12:03 |  #18
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jc1350 wrote in post #17368808 (external link)
I don't have the $$$$ for fast lenses, so I was recently looking to see how to fake DoF background blur with photoshop and stumbled on http://phlearn.com/fak​​e-depth-field-photoshop (external link)

I tried it once so far just to get the steps down and it did a reasonably ok job. I think I just need to work on the details such as the amount of feathering and such; it was a rush job. It's definitely something I'd do for a keeper going forward. Most of my shots are family snapshots, though. I hope to get back into the art of photography.

I'd probably get frustrated with the selection tool and her hair in your shot, though. Regardless, it doesn't hurt to play around; you may like the result.

I don't use fast lenses either. My 'fastest' is the 100mm f/2.8L macro, but I normally use the 70-200mm f/4; I also do lots of portraiture with wide angles which, even at 'fast' apertures, won't give blurry, ethereal, creamy... out of focus backgrounds. You can almost always, however, place your subject farther and farther from the background to throw the latter out of focus. I don't resort to PS trickery either.


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