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Old 06-24-2007, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Re: First One
Old 06-24-2007, 01:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i like the way you've "seen" the light in this image. framing/cropping kinda works altho I, personally, would crop a bit tighter so the right, vertical, edge was closer to her left arm. DOF is great. the model is naturally pretty and quite engaging. i think there's a lack of contrast in the image but that can easily be adjusted in post. nice job!
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Re: First One
Old 06-24-2007, 02:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Jimmyd's remarks. The other thing I wonder about is the whites of the eyes. They seem to have picked up a color cast and don't seem very white (maybe they are just bloodshot). Just to see what a little contrast change would make for the face and eyes, I did this comparison:



I made the eyes a little whiter and tweaked the curves a bit. You can get better results on this with the original full size image, of course.

After comparing the two, I have mixed feelings. I think there is a certain "moody" atmospher to the contrast setting on your original. What's your take on the difference?

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Re: First One
Old 06-24-2007, 02:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mr. Smith & Jimmy D:

Thanks for your comments.

As to the comments from Mr. Smith I like your version better but to me (being the inexperienced person that I am) it looks more as if you have tweaked the Hue/Saturation rather than adjusting the Contrast and Curves. I do like your version better. It "pops" more and I think the facial tones are better.

I have heard a lot of good things about the Photoshop Curves function but it will take me quite a while to get it figured out. It seems to be a bit complicated in its nature and I don't yet understand all of its intricacies.

What I used on this photo are: Levels, Contrast, Unsharp.

Again, thanks for the critique and I'll keep trying but even now I am seeing positive improvements in the quality of my photos and that keeps me going.
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Re: First One
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Mr. Smith & Jimmy D:

Thanks for your comments.

As to the comments from Mr. Smith I like your version better but to me (being the inexperienced person that I am) it looks more as if you have tweaked the Hue/Saturation rather than adjusting the Contrast and Curves. I do like your version better. It "pops" more and I think the facial tones are better.

I have heard a lot of good things about the Photoshop Curves function but it will take me quite a while to get it figured out. It seems to be a bit complicated in its nature and I don't yet understand all of its intricacies.

What I used on this photo are: Levels, Contrast, Unsharp.

Again, thanks for the critique and I'll keep trying but even now I am seeing positive improvements in the quality of my photos and that keeps me going.
Actually all I did was to take advantage of the fact that you had a known white and black in the shot (I was guessing the head band was white and the sweater black). So I called up curves, clicked on the black eyedropper and then clicked on a part of the sweater that I wanted to force to be the black point. I then chose the white eyedropper and then clicked on the headband. The image took on the new appearance you see now. I then slightly nudged the curve up a little in the center to pump the mid-tones a little. That's all. Then for the eyes, I just made a duplicate layer, and then did a curves that made the photo much lighter (and looking way too light). I then clicked on the the little Add mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette and held down the Alt key at the same time. That made the whole layer black and thus it now had no effect on the image. I then took a soft white brush and lightly stroked the whites of the eyes. The white paint lets the lighter eyes of the duplicate layer show through. Here is a full tutorial on the subject:

http://www.glamour1.com/forums/digit...ask#post217556

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Re: First One
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I actually kind of like the lower contrast version in a way. It really has that old "scanned from film" look. Sometimes its refreshing to imagine some people are still using film
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Re: First One
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i agree with the discussion so far but my critique is the huge area taken up by the black sweater which has after adjustments no more texture or life. A crop will create the greatest difference in improving the shot in my opinion.
both images in R_Fredrick_Smith example are an improvement- although i think a final crop would be a different shape.

I struggle with larger areas of black all the time myself so i am sensitive to it in any image.


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