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Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
Old 10-14-2007, 01:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A very good friend of mine, who does gospel/christian music. Did a shoot with me on the 11th. It's the first of a few shoots we plan to do together. Anyways, as I am still learning, I would love to get some critics on how I did with these.

Oh, I used my HP PhotoSmart 735 digital camera to take these.




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Re: Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
Old 10-14-2007, 01:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice compositions, good lighting, decent color. But, Sarah, why is the subject such a small part of the image? And in both cases, plopped down in the center of the frame? That usually generates a pretty static composition. Try cropping the first image to cut out everything to the subject's right (about through the split of the small tree), and everything below her feet. Doesn't that image look a little more "alive," dynamic?

Keep at it. Good start.
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Re: Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
Old 10-17-2007, 02:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^ Thanks for the tip. I did a crop attempt on both shots posted. How do they look now?



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Re: Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
Old 10-17-2007, 07:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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FWIW, I think both are improved. Hopefully, others will give you more input.
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Re: Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
Old 10-17-2007, 11:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice job with the crops! Now your subject stands out above the other elements better.

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Old 10-17-2007, 12:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have to agree with jford but would like to add that since you gave us background regarding the subject, I would venture to say that she is the most important part of the composition. Your crops are 'better' but I would try some extremes. Go in close. Think about how the background 'brings out' the subject.

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Re: Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
Old 10-18-2007, 02:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the input and comments. Here's a couple more from the shoot, what do ya think?


IMO - With this first one, I must admit, I don't like how her necklace and earings are blown out. However, I am hoping her smile draws more attention then the blown out jewelry.


IMO - I just thought this would make a cute and flattering shot of her.
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Re: Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
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I can see the second one from the revised first posting as the cover (or back cover) of a introspective kind of music CD, with some adjustments of the histograms or gamma. Either of these two would be better for the artist's web site or promotional materials than the earlier images, IMO.

I also think you need to switch to manual control of the exposure and to practice more. In the first, her cheek and chin are overexposed, probably because of the large area of dark suiting material making the "average" tone seen by your meter too dark. Not badly overexposed, but it's noticeable.

Good work. Keep at it.
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Re: Cheryl Ann (Oct 2007)
Old 10-21-2007, 09:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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#1 has good composition. The photo is definitely about your subject (whereas in others posted before she was swallowed by the scene). The details of her teeth, earring and necklace are probably lost to over exposure. You might have the detail in the original, but likely only if you pushed exposure in post.

The lighting in #2 is much better -- but I'd say the purse competes with your friend a bit too much.

Since you're using a P&S with limited zoom and aperture control (roughly equivalent to 37mm - 111mm focal length and auto f-stop range of only 5.0 - 9.0 at the telephoto end) you are a bit at the mercy of your camera. I looked, but didn't see a histogram capability on the camera (it might have one and the sites I hit just didn't mention it). That further limits your ability to evaluate things like the overexposure on the first frame.

Unfortunately, you'll find that without the control of an SLR your photos won't quite be right in many lighting conditions -- but that's no reason to stop shooting. Everything you learn now transfers to the SLR once you decide to take the plunge. For now, concentrate on framing and composition. Especially composition. Make it a habit to look at everything inside the viewfinder before you click the shutter -- and ask yourself why it's there.
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