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Feb 08, 2008 13:05 |  #1

Hi there,

I am a little nervous about posting but I really would like some feedback and critique. These pictures are from back in October.

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Feb 08, 2008 13:40 |  #2

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Feb 08, 2008 13:43 |  #3

whoadude wrote in post #4878077 (external link)
pics?

You can't see them?


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Feb 08, 2008 14:20 |  #4

Other than the subjects seeming a bit...nervous/tense, they are good photos. I do have a few opinions but please don't take these harshly, only trying to help.

Photo#1 - The guy looks a bit uncomfortable and I would've liked to see them both on the other side of the stairs (away from the rail).

Photo#2 - Seems a bit overexposed/soft. I do like the pose and such though!

Photo#3 - The horizon bothers me some, and again..they look uncomfortable?

You probably hate me by now, I'm sorry....=( I suck at photos of people so I really shouldn't be saying anything...

I really like #5 even though it's a little soft. The angle of the photo ^_^ they look more natural and relaxed.


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Feb 08, 2008 14:24 |  #5

1. Can't see her face at all b/c of the shadows.
2. Seems a little soft but has potential with a lil pp work. Maybe crop in a little closer as well.
3. My favorite. I like it.
4. Can't see his face b/c of the shadows and she looks annoyed ;)
5. To me looks like the focus is on the cement edge not on the couple.
6. Hmm, not sure. I kinda like this one except the big red building is distracting.

Good start though!




  
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Feb 08, 2008 14:36 |  #6

CTScrivener wrote in post #4878306 (external link)
Other than the subjects seeming a bit...nervous/tense, they are good photos. I do have a few opinions but please don't take these harshly, only trying to help.

Photo#1 - The guy looks a bit uncomfortable and I would've liked to see them both on the other side of the stairs (away from the rail).

Photo#2 - Seems a bit overexposed/soft. I do like the pose and such though!

Photo#3 - The horizon bothers me some, and again..they look uncomfortable?

You probably hate me by now, I'm sorry....=( I suck at photos of people so I really shouldn't be saying anything...

I really like #5 even though it's a little soft. The angle of the photo ^_^ they look more natural and relaxed.

I don't hate you at all! I absolutely love the feedback!

Your speculation on the mood of the couple is dead on. They asked me to do them, but were both very uncomfortable throughout the day. I did spend a lot of time directing them as they were constantly hiding behind eachother.

Do you have any tips on how to get them relax?

Again, thank you so much for the feedback!


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Feb 08, 2008 14:38 |  #7

bndgrl wrote in post #4878324 (external link)
1. Can't see her face at all b/c of the shadows.
2. Seems a little soft but has potential with a lil pp work. Maybe crop in a little closer as well.
3. My favorite. I like it.
4. Can't see his face b/c of the shadows and she looks annoyed ;)
5. To me looks like the focus is on the cement edge not on the couple.
6. Hmm, not sure. I kinda like this one except the big red building is distracting.

Good start though!

Thank you so much for your feedback. I am off to do some pp work on these photos with some of your suggestions. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond!

Anyone else?


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Feb 08, 2008 15:26 |  #8

Hello, I see you haven't posted much so welcome to the forums, officially.

I think that these photos so a good creative eye, it's good to see that right off the bat you are looking for cool ways to compose the photos.
What time of the day did you shoot these? It looks like you were battling some pretty mean sun. I generally suggest outdoor shoots be in the last couple of hours before sundown, so you can find more places with softer light.

I think all of the images could stand an unsharp mask to sharpen them up a little bit, particularly after being resized for web viewing. On a full size image I do a defog which is 20%, 60, 0, and then when i resize for web, I do 150%, 0.3, 0.. sometimes I do less than 150%, sometimes more, you have to feel it out for the image, but I find 150% is pretty safe without over sharpening.

Also, watch your white balance. #3 and #5 are very warm. #3 is a little over exposed as well. But it is still my favorite, I love the composition. You may want to clone out that truck in the background thou!

I know these seemed like generic tips but I feel like they applied to almost all your photos. I would say you did really well for a first go, and I think with some tweaking you will have really phenomenal stuff in the near future.


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Feb 08, 2008 16:41 |  #9

I'm no pro but #3 I think is a cool shot.


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Feb 08, 2008 16:47 |  #10

mrsblondie wrote in post #4878390 (external link)
I don't hate you at all! I absolutely love the feedback!

Your speculation on the mood of the couple is dead on. They asked me to do them, but were both very uncomfortable throughout the day. I did spend a lot of time directing them as they were constantly hiding behind eachother.

Do you have any tips on how to get them relax?

Again, thank you so much for the feedback!

The only thing I can really say is to try joking around with them and goofing off to try to bring out some of thier personality a little more. I don't know if the locations were thier choice or yours but also get with them on places they go to often/like to go (ofcourse if the lighting and layout of the location permits) in hopes that they are more comfortable with the location and will act more....open? themselves?

I really don't know what I'm saying....:D :oops: :cry:


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Feb 08, 2008 17:32 |  #11

Hope you don't mind..

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This really needs to be edited in Lightroom, but I did shadow/highlight and recovered a lot of the blown spots on their faces, it still looks too harsh.. But it looks better.
I also did an USM for web sharpen, I cloned out all the vehicles (sloppily but hey they were in the distance) and I did a color pop action and erased back their faces to keep them looking natural. I also applied a cooling photo filter.

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Feb 09, 2008 03:21 |  #12

WOW .. the edit makes all the difference.

but look at his face.. Directing them isn't bad. You just need to joke around with them to get them relaxed.


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Feb 09, 2008 06:35 |  #13

On number 3 if you had moved just a little to your right and shot the picture i think you could kept the power line/pole out of the shot. other than that i think they are good...

just me thinking out loud here ... i know you wanted the train rails in the last picture but the big red building in the background takes away from the couple. I know this crop is tight but it keeps the couple at the center of attention.... everyone else may feel differently about it... and welcome to the forumn


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Feb 09, 2008 09:29 |  #14

William, I have to disagree. When you crop it down to the couple like that, it becomes pretty boring. If I was going to crop it, I'd crop it to even more move the couple toward the right of the image. It's a good idea for a shot, just needs to bring back some of the blown spots.


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Feb 09, 2008 10:48 |  #15

The rail idea is a good one. Two comments, there is just too much junk in the background of the scene, and I think the rails should go off into the distance as a metaphorical statement. The angle of the shot does not allow it.


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