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Old 01-17-2007, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a shot I took this last weekend that I like a lot, but I would really like some other opinions on how might might be able to improve the next time I shoot.
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Not to shabby at all. No odd cropping or harsh shadows that I can find. The only thing that I could say on the bad side, and it's not even a really big deal, is that it might be nice to have her smile, but I've had that same problem in the past. But a good image either way.

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This is a shot I took this last weekend that I like a lot, but I would really like some other opinions on how might might be able to improve the next time I shoot.
While some folks may prefer a more dramatic lighting style, I think you nailed it (in this shot and the others of Heather in your portfolio). It seems like you've managed to capture a bit of her spiritedness ( Izzat a real word?) in your images.. In this shot, though, her expression is a bit like "is this OK?" - not as confident in her pose as in the other shots.

But, a question.... "whydja cut off her head"?
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Cutting off a ....little bit of head..... might not work, but I do a lot of tight head shots where I cut into the head. Maybe this should be cropped tighter to be more dramatic.. try that maybe and see what it looks like. Definitely an image to keep and work with.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is a revised version of the orginal shot as suggested by BenE.
Is this any better???
Thanks to all for their comments. I really appreciate them...
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This version works better than the first since the original version made her look a bit heavier than she probably is. I find that the shadows are a little harsher than I generally like. If you were using a softbox or umbrella, then should have been moved closer. Also a little more fill on the right side of the photo would help soften the shadows there.

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Old 01-18-2007, 10:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for your comments. She actually only weighs 106 lbs. I see what you mean. The first version does make her look heaver than she really is. I had actually turned off the fill in this shot to try and make it a more dramatic shot. But I guess I failed in the attempt. I'm sure I could bring in some fill in Photoshop, so I will play with that.
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Lonnie,
I don't have any problems with the lighting myself. I think the amount of shadow looks fine to me. I do like the crop better. Her arm looked a little big. I have had the same problem when I shoot seniors. I usually ask them to wear long sleeves to cover it or hide it with the pose. That doesn't work so well in glamour.

But Mr. Smith has some outstanding images so his input is worth paying attention to.

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Lonnie, I agree...I also do not see anything too much wrong with the lighting ratio... for a nice portrait ratio, I mean. The shadow that is in her hair, is a result of the placement of the light more than anything else. This would be considered (for those who like to name lighting styles), a broad light, however the shape of her face will accept that light more than someone with a very wide face or large chin.

The ratio is good in my opinion, just the small traps of shadows next to her eye and in her hair. And the crop works well.

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I like the photo and the sharpness of the eyes...but, it looks like the clone brush was overused on the left side. Is is very wavy as compared to the right side. For me it is distracting. But given all the prior posts I guess I am seeing something that isn't an issue.

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