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Apr 10, 2013 19:12 |  #1

I am a beginner, around 6 months, and I am worried my eyes are not as sharp as they could be. Any critiques are welcome, although I was only worried about the eyes and not so much composition and lighting when I took this photo. I used back button focusing as I've read it's preferable to maximize sharpness. Thanks in advance.

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Apr 10, 2013 19:20 |  #2

Way over-processed and sharpened, IMO. They look fake.


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Apr 10, 2013 19:26 as a reply to  @ NinjaKix's post |  #3

Just looked at the large size on flickr. Looks fine to me :)


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Apr 10, 2013 19:29 |  #4

Yep, viewed in full size they look quite normal.


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Apr 10, 2013 19:35 |  #5

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Apr 10, 2013 21:52 |  #6

Sharpness is great, the photo looks a tad HDRish to me though.


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Apr 10, 2013 22:54 |  #7

Looks great on flickr


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Apr 10, 2013 23:30 |  #8

Agreed! I think the sharpness is perfect. What gear are you using? I'd say it's performing perfectly.


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Apr 11, 2013 08:43 |  #9

The sharpness is rather impressive, but the eyes look sort of.. plasticky? I dont know, but something just doesnt seem natural to me.If that was the intention though, you sure did a hell of a job ;)


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Apr 11, 2013 08:48 as a reply to  @ bberg's post |  #10

Thanks to all for taking the time to offer critiques! I definitely don't want it to look HDRish or oversharpened, so I will be watchful for that.

bberg, I'm using a T1i and this was with my nifty fifty.


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Apr 11, 2013 08:52 |  #11

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The sharpness is rather impressive, but the eyes look sort of.. plasticky? I dont know, but something just doesnt seem natural to me.If that was the intention though, you sure did a hell of a job ;)

Thanks for the critique! I appreciate the honesty to be received in this forum. I definitely wasn't trying to go for a fake look. I have been frustrated with my eye sharpness, or lack thereof, so I may have overcompensated in PP. It seems that I can obtain the correct sharpness, though, so I can probably scale back the steps in PP I used for this.


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Apr 11, 2013 08:57 |  #12

kacebelle wrote in post #15815447 (external link)
..., so I can probably scale back the steps in PP I used for this.

Keep in mind that there's no "rule" that everything in the image has to be sharpened the same amount? And besides keeping the noise down, you'll also get a smaller file size.
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Apr 11, 2013 10:29 |  #13

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Keep in mind that there's no "rule" that everything in the image has to be sharpened the same amount? And besides keeping the noise down, you'll also get a smaller file size.
A few words on SHARPENING:

Thanks for the link; that has some great info! I don't remember doing anything but a slight sharpening of the other parts of the photo other than the eyes, but I'll double check it.


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Apr 12, 2013 02:09 |  #14

I like it. The lighting looks good to me and the image is sharp. It would appear to be very close to over processed without crossing the line. I would not worry much about the sharpness aspect as it's easy to get consumed by sharpness. It's a good and necessary thing but as Frank said, there is no hard/fast rule that everything in the image has to be of equal sharpness. Quite the contrary would be more the norm.

And my general rule would be to do as little processing on an image as possible, having gotten it as near perfect as possible in the camera.


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Apr 12, 2013 08:55 |  #15

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I like it. The lighting looks good to me and the image is sharp. It would appear to be very close to over processed without crossing the line. I would not worry much about the sharpness aspect as it's easy to get consumed by sharpness. It's a good and necessary thing but as Frank said, there is no hard/fast rule that everything in the image has to be of equal sharpness. Quite the contrary would be more the norm.

And my general rule would be to do as little processing on an image as possible, having gotten it as near perfect as possible in the camera.

Thank you for the critique. I think I am borderline obsessed with the sharpness, so I will keep this in mind during PP going forward.


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