need some help on some photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Sven Vandermaas, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Goodmorning y'all.... last night I had my first "real" shoot with a model. I
    posted some photo's online and I was hoping if somebody wants to take a look
    and tell me what they think of these photo's. I did a little Photoshop to
    crop, or to brighten up some colors.

    http://www.pbase.com/vandermaas/image/62831186
    http://www.pbase.com/vandermaas/image/62831188
    http://www.pbase.com/vandermaas/image/62831195

    Or just the entire gallery : http://www.pbase.com/vandermaas/chad_lizzy

    The first 3 photo's are my favorites.

    Thanks
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    Sven Vandermaas, Jul 3, 2006
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    dj_nme Guest

    Did you mean something like this?
    <http://members.iinet.net.au/~therealm/dj_nme/new-1.jpg>
    Retouched using Corel Photopaint V12, with Contrast Enhancement and a
    low-pass filter effect on the skin tones.
     
    dj_nme, Jul 3, 2006
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  3. No, not really... I can't hardly recognize here anymore....

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    Sven Vandermaas, Jul 3, 2006
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    dj_nme Guest

    It is realy what I'd call "over-shopping", rather than "photoshopping" :)
    I'm not usualy quite so heavy-handed.

    I suppose that the pictures were taken around sunset?
    That would explain the yellowy-red skin colours.
    If you don't like that, you could set a custom white ballance.
    Just get your model to hold up a piece of white foamcore under her face
    and set the WB off that.

    I've got a Pentax ist-DL, which has a pentprism viewfinder.
    Do you find the ist-DL viewfinder bright and clear?
    The reason that I ask is because the new Pentax DSLR cameras (the K100D
    and the K110D) due to be released soon both have pentamirror, just like
    your ist-DL.
     
    dj_nme, Jul 4, 2006
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    Pat Guest

    It's the battle of the sharpeners. You sharpen it and he takes it out.

    One is realistic and one pay homage to the days of air-brushing.

    Personally, I think they make "soft" lenses for portraits for a reason.
    People don't want to see each and every freckle.

    I don't mind the soft light. So I guess the white balance doesn't
    bother me.

    It boils down to: are you trying to take a picture of her or are you
    trying to interpret her. If you are just trying to take a picture of
    her, her driver's license picture is fine. But if you are trying to
    interpret things and you want to keep the picture on the wall for the
    long haul, the think the retouched one is better. But also, I
    generally don't like sharpening (at least very much of it)

    But, just one guy's opinion.

    Pat.
     
    Pat, Jul 4, 2006
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    Richard H. Guest

    My two cents (if it's even worth that)... Pretty good for a first
    outing. And since you asked for opinions:

    Photo #1 - I like the backdrop (character, color variety) and shallow
    depth of field. I'd suggest a more bold-colored top to complement her
    hair - say, blue or green, but not so dark it makes her skin look pale.
    Add a reflector for fill (center, below); the nose shadow is a bit hard.

    FWIW, I'm a fan of sharp photos, with selective softening - e.g.,
    softened hair & jewelry looks poorly focused to my eye.


    Photo #2 - Same as #1, but I like the tight crop and the greener
    background. Perhaps a little more turn toward the camera (more face,
    less hair).


    Photo #3 - step back and zoom in. The wide angle distorts the image (a
    la fish-eye). Recommendations tend to fall between 50mm and 100mm.
    Shallower depth of field might improve this shot too.

    Leave headroom on full-body shots so the eye isn't drawn to odd spots
    (in this case, center-frame). Through trial & error I find that
    centering the frame around chest-height & cropping the extra headroom
    later gives better results - and don't aim down; squat so you're
    shooting level.


    Just one person's opinion, and we all know what that's worth. :) Keep
    shooting!

    Cheers,
    Richard
     
    Richard H., Jul 4, 2006
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    Ric Trexell Guest

    last night I had my first "real" shoot with a model. I
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    Sven: I only looked at the first three pictures and they are good with two
    exceptions. In the first picture her head makes a shadow on the wall behind
    her. If you move her out from the wall about two feet, you will get rid of
    some of that shadow. The best way to get rid of it completely is to shine a
    light on the wall to lighten it up. The other thing is that when people
    look at people pictures, they are drawn to the eyes. Her eyes were a little
    dark. If you could use a white sheet of cardboard to cast a little light in
    her eyes, it would improve things I think. The other thing I would suggest
    although I don't include this as one of the exceptions is that the
    background is almost the same color as her hair. It makes it a little hard
    to see where the hair begins and the wall ends. Perhaps you wanted that
    affect so I'm not saying that was wrong. I would say that is a great
    background for a blonde but you might want a more colorful background. For
    her color hair, maybe green? Ric in Wisconsin.
     
    Ric Trexell, Jul 4, 2006
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