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Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's 2 versions of the same shot. First is straight out of the camera, and second is with the Elements auto levels, and some cloning to clean up the floor.

Is the adjusted shot better? Personally I think it is, I wanted an infinity wall effect, and I think that comes through better with the levels adjustment.

What do you think? Any comments and crits are appreciated.



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Re: Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I like the second better.
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Re: Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 12:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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#2, no question about it!
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Re: Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 12:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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#2 - her face is brighter!
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Re: Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 01:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Number 2.

Slightly better contrast and brightness, plus the background.

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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All of the above. #2...
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Re: Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 03:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Without question #2. I've done the same with many shots.
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's 2 versions of the same shot. First is straight out of the camera, and second is with the Elements auto levels, and some cloning to clean up the floor.

Is the adjusted shot better? Personally I think it is, I wanted an infinity wall effect, and I think that comes through better with the levels adjustment.

What do you think? Any comments and crits are appreciated.
Well, considering that the original shot is underexposed by a stop or more, I guess you could say that the second shot is better - but there's still a definite lack of detail in the shadows that makes me wish you had exposed this cutie (pardon the pun) better the first time.

Rescuing a mistake is necessary, sometimes - we all have to do it. Better, though, to get the exposure right the first time... and this image would have been worth doing it right the first time.
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Re: Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 06:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The secret to these sorts of shots is to get the exposure correct in the camera and then it makes it a lot easier once one gets to photoshop. I still think even in the #2 image, which is much better, that the face is too dark. In other words, the lighting is uneven. I am also never a fan of chopping off a small bit of the top of the head when it does not offer anything to the composition.

By the way, there is a much better way to correct this sort of exposure problem rather than auto levels. Just create a duplicate layer and use a blend mode of "screen" and then adjust the opacity of that layer to get the exact exposure correction desired. Works like a champ and doesn't damage the photo.



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Re: Which is better? Megan studio shots.
Old 10-19-2006, 07:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The secret to these sorts of shots is to get the exposure correct in the camera and then it makes it a lot easier once one gets to photoshop. I still think even in the #2 image, which is much better, that the face is too dark. In other words, the lighting is uneven. I am also never a fan of chopping off a small bit of the top of the head when it does not offer anything to the composition.

By the way, there is a much better way to correct this sort of exposure problem rather than auto levels. Just create a duplicate layer and use a blend mode of "screen" and then adjust the opacity of that layer to get the exact exposure correction desired. Works like a champ and doesn't damage the photo.



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