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Old 07-24-2005, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Please let me know what you think of this photo.
I was playing around with some of the tools on Paint Shop and my wife liked this picture.
All comments are welcome! I learn something from every comment I read on here.
Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2005, 09:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think there is too much space above her head. I like to see a little space above a subjects head in most cases but this one has way too much in my opinion. The cropping near her knee does not look right as well as having chopped off her left hand. As for the manipulation in photoshop, if you like it then it is good.
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Old 07-24-2005, 09:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The pose and expression look nice. However, because of your composition her legs are chopped and cropped in strange ways. The missing right hand is a classic "amputation" problem. But the biggest thing that I notice is all the dead space above her head. Why not lower your aim and get all of her in the frame and reduce that negative space above her? I'm not a big fan of the effects, but if you and your wife like them that's all that matters.

I always as myself what am I taking a picture of and that helps me remove dead space from a picture. Filling the frame with what is important is one of the simple composition tricks that we all must learn, so don't feel bad.



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Old 07-24-2005, 04:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Aside from the other thoughts:

I would say the light was too low, almost goul lighting. It would have been better with the main light higher to produce more of a butterfly effect on the face. Butterly lighting is very flattering to facial features. Look at my example. The blue line is the actual angle of the light. The red is where I think it should have been. Imagine the angle of light such that the shadow of the nose goes from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth. That's butterfly lighting common to better portraiture. It would have improved the image.




Keep working! You have a nice looking model there. Practice more and you'll improve, probably faster than you though. Read what the pros say. Don't let mistakes discourage you. Even the most experienced photographers needed lots of trial and error to obtain their skills.
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the Great input.
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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"Too much free space," at the top of the image which makes for poor composition. There is too much pressure on model's right arm which causes an unattractive "bulge." Contrast is poor. Antiquated look of image does comply and mix with model's attire. Skin fold on the abdomen needs to PS'd out.

I rate this image one-half smiley out of five. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]

You may now step in line to beat me like a pinata with the two by four, but I believe Leah Marshall of Fotohighway has first dibs...



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Reese, that image is gorgeous!

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Old 07-28-2005, 05:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ditto!!! Reese Rocks!!!
 
 
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Matt gave the best break down on the lighting. If you follow the great Masters they did as much cropping with the lens as they could first. Empty space is a killer. If you want to bleed off the page it should look like you ment it, not as an oops. I think we have all made some of these common mistakes in our lives. Learn and grow.
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