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Nov 19, 2012 22:02 |  #1

Hi guys, I would like to ask for some feedback or tips. This was my first portrait session . I didn't use any lighting tricks, reflector, speedlites etc. It was just the sun on a overcast day. Thanks in advance!

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Nov 19, 2012 22:07 |  #2

focus needs to be on the eyes, needs to be level


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Nov 19, 2012 22:28 |  #3

The first one is a bit flat. Skin a bit too airbrushed. Nice pose.

The second doesn't work. She's squiting and the pose isn't very femine.

The third is really nice. Still a bit flat though. Could be killer with just one off camera flash.




  
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Nov 19, 2012 22:29 |  #4

stanclark wrote in post #15266400 (external link)
focus needs to be on the eyes, needs to be level

I really tried to aim the focus points at her eyes. Its just that her eyes are small and are like squinted a bit. =/

I guess on the leveling I could've moved higher a bit on #2.

Thanks for your feedback.


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Nov 19, 2012 22:32 |  #5

CactusJuice wrote in post #15266473 (external link)
The first one is a bit flat. Skin a bit too airbrushed. Nice pose.

The second doesn't work. She's squiting and the pose isn't very femine.

The third is really nice. Still a bit flat though. Could be killer with just one off camera flash.

Appreciate your reply.

Extra lighting would be the solution to flatness? Would extra PP remedy that?

So for the third, where would the off camera flash be angled at?


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Nov 19, 2012 22:35 |  #6

First a minor clarification - reflectors and speedlites are not lighting tricks. They are quite often necessary to get proper light on the subject.

In the case of your images, it looks like the face was over exposed and brought back.

The B&W conversion just isn't working - perhaps as a result of the exposure. Her face looks a pasty grey on my monitor. And the vignette isn't helping anything.

Did you shoot raw? And can you post an original out of the camera?


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Nov 19, 2012 22:41 |  #7

Really like #3, looks great on my monitor.


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Nov 19, 2012 22:43 |  #8

maverick75 wrote in post #15266516 (external link)
Really like #3, looks great on my monitor.

Thanks! :)

Titus213 wrote in post #15266490 (external link)
First a minor clarification - reflectors and speedlites are not lighting tricks. They are quite often necessary to get proper light on the subject.

In the case of your images, it looks like the face was over exposed and brought back.

The B&W conversion just isn't working - perhaps as a result of the exposure. Her face looks a pasty grey on my monitor. And the vignette isn't helping anything.

Did you shoot raw? And can you post an original out of the camera?

I did shoot in raw. Do you need the metadata from the out of the camera pics (sorry if that sounded dumb, I'm still new to this =/)?


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Nov 19, 2012 23:08 |  #9

grfft3r wrote in post #15266526 (external link)
Thanks! :)

I did shoot in raw. Do you need the metadata from the out of the camera pics (sorry if that sounded dumb, I'm still new to this =/)?

No, I was more interested in the image out of the camera with no editing.


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Nov 20, 2012 06:24 |  #10

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No, I was more interested in the image out of the camera with no editing.

Sir, here are the out of camera shots. In the same order.

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Nov 20, 2012 07:44 |  #11

She's a lovely girl. Try to get those eyes open next time. if you get the camera a little higher than her eyes she will have to look up just a little and that might help. Also shoot with the sun behind her and/or without any big bright objects in front of her, like a big white building. And I think I'd clone out that spike in her nose.


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Nov 20, 2012 11:45 |  #12

Number 2 is way blown out. I wouldn't have cropped the pictures I think as far as composition they were good.
I didn't know if it's ok to edit your image but I came up with this one, I hope you don't mind


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Nov 20, 2012 11:52 |  #13

^^ I went to red on the face :/


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Nov 20, 2012 12:12 |  #14

I don't mind the edit at all. How did you sharpen the image?


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Nov 20, 2012 12:15 |  #15

Qbx wrote in post #15267512 (external link)
She's a lovely girl. Try to get those eyes open next time. if you get the camera a little higher than her eyes she will have to look up just a little and that might help. Also shoot with the sun behind her and/or without any big bright objects in front of her, like a big white building. And I think I'd clone out that spike in her nose.

I was aiming for the eyes all the time. Though I wasn't aware of any technique to get her look natural with eyes wide open. Everytime I would make her laugh she squints. :confused:

I will keep in mind your tip for shooting with the sun behind her. And that spike, are you talking about her nose ring?


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