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Nov 07, 2013 10:21 |  #1

I posted this in the kids and family section by accident so maybe a mod can delete that thread for me. This was my first "senior" portrait. The client wanted it outdoors, next to a tree, somewhat centered composition, and made for an 8X10 print. This is also the photo they chose to print. All C+C welcome. I would like to do more stuff like this in the future.

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Nov 07, 2013 10:25 |  #2

He is a bit yellow, but otherwise its nice work.




  
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Nov 07, 2013 10:29 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #3

Thanks, I don't see it on my end. I edit on a lap top which is bad. I really need to get a nice calibrated monitor to edit on.


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Nov 07, 2013 10:31 |  #4

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Thanks, I don't see it on my end. I edit on a lap top which is bad. I really need to get a nice calibrated monitor to edit on.

It might be on my end too, even so, its pretty subtle.




  
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Nov 07, 2013 10:50 |  #5

I agree that he's a little bit yellow/orange but it's not that big of a deal. I think his shirt choice is terrible. It makes me dizzy looking at it. The tilted tree isn't helping the photo. The crop is a little weird. It's like you can almost see his arms but then you can't. I'd crop this tighter. You got a good rim light on his left. It's not a bad portrait IMO.


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Nov 07, 2013 13:44 as a reply to  @ HiepBuiPhotography's post |  #6

Thanks for the comments. I had no control over the shirt but you're right, it is very distracting. As for the crop, long story short, the mother originally had the school did the photos (which I thought were very good by the way) and she wasn't happy with the crop. She wanted to see more shoulders and arms. I'm not really sure why but that's that. I would've like to have gone tighter and bring more attention to the face. I might send her one anyway.


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Nov 07, 2013 13:47 |  #7

I think you did a nice job on this. I'd crop it tighter too to eliminate the light area (lake?) in the bottom left corner. Here's a rather quick edit to show what it would look like with a little color adjustment and the tighter crop.
It looks like he may be leaning against the tree and that combined with the tie and the vertical stripes on the shirt make the image look a little tilted.


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Nov 07, 2013 13:53 |  #8

like greg's better




  
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Nov 07, 2013 15:12 as a reply to  @ 12Rock's post |  #9

I do like the tighter crop. I'm not sure about the color adjustment. I tend to process on the warm side. Sometimes I think I do go over board.


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Nov 08, 2013 01:45 |  #10

Nicely captured with a great background.

I normally like a warmer image but in this case I really prefer bob_r's. Crop can go either way for me.


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Nov 08, 2013 02:03 |  #11

GregoryC wrote in post #16432569 (external link)
Thanks for the comments. I had no control over the shirt but you're right, it is very distracting. As for the crop, long story short, the mother originally had the school did the photos (which I thought were very good by the way) and she wasn't happy with the crop. She wanted to see more shoulders and arms. I'm not really sure why but that's that. I would've like to have gone tighter and bring more attention to the face. I might send her one anyway.

I usually avoid terrible shirts by telling them it'll be terrible long in advance. But I'm also heavily involved in wardrobe selection during the planning stages, giving them suggestions. They then MMS or email photos of what they plan to wear in plenty of time for me to tell them whether it's a good or bad idea and make adjustments. I can then choose/find locations best suited to their look.


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Nov 08, 2013 07:27 |  #12

Titus213 wrote in post #16433973 (external link)
Nicely captured with a great background.

I normally like a warmer image but in this case I really prefer bob_r's. Crop can go either way for me.

Thank you. I'm on the fence about the colors though. Unless I'm not seeing it on my monitor I don't think the warmer white balance is too much.

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I usually avoid terrible shirts by telling them it'll be terrible long in advance. But I'm also heavily involved in wardrobe selection during the planning stages, giving them suggestions. They then MMS or email photos of what they plan to wear in plenty of time for me to tell them whether it's a good or bad idea and make adjustments. I can then choose/find locations best suited to their look.

Thanks for the tips. I will definitely take more control over the situation next time. This was a last minute thing and I didn't have any input on this.


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Nov 08, 2013 07:36 |  #13

GregoryC wrote in post #16434291 (external link)
Thank you. I'm on the fence about the colors though. Unless I'm not seeing it on my monitor I don't think the warmer white balance is too much.

It looks better than the edit posted later on. It might be a wee bit too yellow but it fits with fall and it isn't offensive. I still strongly suggest getting a good monitor and calibration tools to make sure it's accurate.


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Thanks for the tips. I will definitely take more control over the situation next time. This was a last minute thing and I didn't have any input on this.

You bet. Understandable.


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Nov 08, 2013 07:47 as a reply to  @ cdifoto's post |  #14

I am definitely looking at getting a monitor for Christmas. I've asked a lot of people about them and get different answers on which one to go with. I would like to keep it under $500 (if possible) Can someone tell me if this would be worth it?

I would also be running this off my lap top so do I just need an HDMI cable to do that?

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Nov 08, 2013 07:58 |  #15

GregoryC wrote in post #16434333 (external link)
I would also be running this off my lap top so do I just need an HDMI cable to do that?
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Just depends on what output your laptop has and what input the monitor has. The HDMI should do it if your laptop has HDMI ports, though it's overkill since sound isn't required. But the HDMI is relatively small compared to the other cables so it just depends on what ports you have/like to use.


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