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Dec 22, 2017 13:22 |  #1

In first pic, I know it could have been centered better, and I couldn't figure out how to take the glare off the glasses on the grandmother. But would like some critiques about what I could have done to make it a better shot and/or what I could have done to make it better in post. Same with second pic. I removed background because it was very busy and added the bokeh. This is the first time I have done a family portrait or an infant.


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Dec 22, 2017 18:09 |  #2

On the first picture...
As you mention, center up better.
Bounce your flash, it looks direct which is giving you the reflection. To remove reflection you can have people wearing glasses tilt them a bit to change the angle but still hard to do w/ direct flash.
The image is a bit soft, faster shutter speed would help as it's most likely motion blur.
It's over exposed for my taste.

Second image...
No to the blurred background...just looks way to fake.
A reflector to cam left and bounce your flash into it.
Expose for the background and adjust flash to make the baby properly exposed.


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Dec 22, 2017 19:57 |  #3

I thought the first one was a bit underexposed in the flesh tones. The histogram also shows a bit more exposure towards the left. If a picture looks soft and under-exposed, one trick I'll do is duplicate the layer and apply a smart sharpen filter. Then I'll make that layer "screen" mode and adjust opacity. For this photo, I have such a layer at 30%, and also have a curves adjustment layer. For reducing glare, sometimes you can duplicate the other eye that doesn't have a glare and then flip and align it to the other eye. I tried painting in some other sampled colors to diminish glare further:

For the second, there is an abrupt border around the real photo vs bokeh background.


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Dec 22, 2017 22:59 |  #4

I took a shot at it.


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Dec 22, 2017 23:09 |  #5

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I took a shot at it.


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Clever, but her right eye is not placed well, it is too close to her nose.


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Dec 22, 2017 23:31 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #6

I know. I couldn't make frames match up right in a 10 minute edit.


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Dec 22, 2017 23:53 |  #7

In the second image, the background got blurred because of the flash which seems like artificial so basically, you need to work on flash for this. And for the first image, she can avoid wearing glasses while the picture is captured so the changes for the flash and angle of capturing the image should be adjusted.


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Dec 22, 2017 23:56 |  #8

The first one is OOF. Looks like you used the flash so you could have shot it at 1/250.


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Dec 23, 2017 08:54 |  #9

Adjusted on Camera Raw
Reduced highlights, opened shadows and added some clarity
In PS I clone stamped out the worst part of the reflections around both eyes
I added an extra layer and lightened the skin tones slightly on each person.


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