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Dec 14, 2016 22:07 |  #1

Any comments - positive or negative with constructive feedback, is welcome as always!


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Dec 15, 2016 08:41 |  #2

Are you satisfied with the shallow DOF?


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Dec 15, 2016 08:50 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #3

Yes....


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Dec 16, 2016 07:35 |  #4

It's underexposed, the white balance is off, there's nothing about her hair except solid black, lighting is quite flat, and you can get a better pose that that. I think she either has to have her toes to her mouth (if she does that) and not her tongue hanging out. If not then altogether something different. I found that "middle ground" photography doesn’t work. It's either a studio setup or a lifestyle-type shoot. Keep at it. There are tons of resources on YouTube for lighting, editing and posing, with time you will be able to cull out the "oks" and select the best ones to edit, with more skill.


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Dec 16, 2016 10:00 |  #5

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It's underexposed, the white balance is off, there's nothing about her hair except solid black, lighting is quite flat, and you can get a better pose that that. I think she either has to have her toes to her mouth (if she does that) and not her tongue hanging out. If not then altogether something different. I found that "middle ground" photography doesn’t work. It's either a studio setup or a lifestyle-type shoot. Keep at it. There are tons of resources on YouTube for lighting, editing and posing, with time you will be able to cull out the "oks" and select the best ones to edit, with more skill.

Thanks atsilverstein, appreciate your feedback and would be great if you could expand further so i can develop. Can you further explain on what you mean by white balance is off ? how is it off and what do you think it should look like? Same goes with lighting being quiet flat, are you able to expand further as to what it should look like? The intention with the photo was to capture her trying to get her toes in mouth and I am satisfied that moment has been captured.


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Dec 16, 2016 10:27 |  #6

A sign that the white balance is off is the excessive bluish tone in the whites of the baby's eyes and in the white stripes in the onesie. The too-blue whites let you know that all the colors are similarly distorted in the blue direction. This is easily corrected in postprocessing.

I'd much prefer a deeper field, to get the whole figure in focus.

The busy print that the baby is lying on, I find distracting.

What's really good about this image is that the baby is looking at the camera and is actively engaged with you. She's alert and interested.


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Dec 16, 2016 10:46 |  #7

OhLook wrote in post #18214714 (external link)
A sign that the white balance is off is the excessive bluish tone in the whites of the baby's eyes and in the white stripes in the onesie. The too-blue whites let you know that all the colors are similarly distorted in the blue direction. This is easily corrected in postprocessing.

I'd much prefer a deeper field, to get the whole figure in focus.

The busy print that the baby is lying on, I find distracting.

What's really good about this image is that the baby is looking at the camera and is actively engaged with you. She's alert and interested.


Thanks OhLook, I will attempt to correct the white balance and repost. The print in the front was requested to be part of the photo and I kind of like it.


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Dec 16, 2016 10:48 |  #8

Take 2 ...with edits.


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Dec 16, 2016 11:20 |  #9

let me know how the second edit looks...I think i may have blown the highlights in trying to brighten the photo! Still looks acceptable to me.


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Dec 16, 2016 11:26 as a reply to  @ kid007's post |  #10

The histogram does show some data cut off at the right end. To my eye, this is an acceptable tradeoff for the added detail in the hair.


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Dec 16, 2016 11:48 |  #11

This is much better. I agree that the photo would be better if the DOF was deeper, but I like the printed sheet as it lends a fairytale quality to the storyline of the photo. Overall good job.


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Dec 16, 2016 12:31 |  #12

An improvement, but it's still off. She is definitely cool and desaturated. Warm the temperature, decrease the magenta, and increase vibrancy/saturation while keeping the highlights in the hair.


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Dec 16, 2016 23:50 |  #13

Thanks atsilverstein...i have tried the changes and I can see how the magenta was dominant previously but then i see her everyday and feel that is what she is like to naked eyes. I think toning down the magenta has helped.


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