A few for CC - Portrait session /w sister (Another pic added)

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A few for CC - Portrait session /w sister (Another pic added)


Edit 2
Nikon D80
f 7.1
1/100
ISO 1000

Nikon D80
f 5.6
1/100
ISO 1000

Nikon D80
f 5.6
1/200
ISO 800

Any CC would be great! (Composition, PP, anything is helpful) This was the first time that I actually went out with a plan in hand and a model to cooperate. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot while out. I'm still going through my pictures and will post more later.

This is my younger sister btw! Smile

Thanks!

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Joined: 10/20/01
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I like the middle one best. The limb chop bugs me on the first, I'd go for a different crop on that one. Her skintones look different in all three though, not sure which is most natural. She's definitely on the magenta side on the last one though. Actually, probably so in the second too. I bet it's hard to PP a redhead! Glad you had a cooperative model, that's always great for practice. Wink

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You always have such good clarity in your photos! The color looks a bit cool. And the poses aren't the most flattering for her. I have been told that you never want to shoot a women standing square with the camera but rather have them turn slightly so that they look thinner. The second pose makes her arm look bigger than it should and she is doing something with her fingers. It would probably look better if she leaned against the fence with her arm on her hip. Someone on here told me to think triangles when posing people and to avoid straight limbs.

Hope that helps!

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Joined: 02/15/07
Posts: 1831

My favorite is #3, but if you have it...a lens with a reach of about 100mm is much more flattering for portraits.

The PP is off on the first two...they're very bright. The first one has a strong green cast on her face, and she's glowing white. The 2nd looks too cool, and she's glowing here too. #3, she looks close to blown on her forehead, but the rest of her face looks pretty good.

I look forward to seeing more from the session.

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Posts: 214

I added a second edit of the first picture. I know someone mentioned they pose wasn't good and to try a different crop but I really wanted to work on the other things mentioned first

- it was said it had a strong green cast, has my last edited helped this?
- Glowing white? Is this gone if not, what exactly do you mean Amber?

I've got to get to bed it's 1:30a.m here and I have to get up for work in the morning, but those photos were really bugging me. I'll work on them again tomorrow night and post more! Smile

Thanks ladies for the CC! Any more is totally welcome!

AmberBella's picture
Joined: 02/15/07
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Sorry for being confusing. Her skin is just much too white. Her skin is blown in spots in all three images...but the first and 2nd are blown a lot in the red channel. She's just far too bright in the first two images...whe don't have any definition of her facial features and it's very distracting.

The 2nd edit hasn't really fixed the problem...the coloring on the 2nd edit looks uneven...and she's now darker on her left side then the her right. Because of the blown skin, these really need to be re-worked from the RAW image if possible to try and recover the skin. The blown skin is more important than the color cast, so I'd work to fix that first.

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Stephanie and Amber said everything I was thinking--the poses aren't the most flattering to her, and there are some color issues. I see a lot of magenta in your latest edit.

But, I think you have come such a long way since you started here! Your focus and clarity are very consistent. And what a great learning experience for you--someone to look at the camera is so great to work with!

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Posts: 214

Ugh, I'm on an uncalibrated laptop here at work and I really notice the magenta!! I noticed it a bit at home (on my brand new iMac also uncalibrated) on the second picture but definitely not as much as I see now in the last one. When I get Hannah into bed tonight, I'll give it another shot with the pp. Wish me luck! Thanks everyone for the CC I really appreciate it!

BTW, the first picture was even suppose to be anything other than her standing there to get my settings right, but I kind of liked the expression on her face and the nice greenery behind her. The pose does suck though.

I have a lot more photos to look through and edit so please bare with me while I ask lots of questions and show lots of picture of my sister. I also have a few of my mom and sister that I'll be edited from the same day, so be prepared for them too!

I hope I don't get to annoying, but I'm really really trying to do this this time and I know you ladies are a wealth of information and honest criticism. So thank you for that! Smile

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Posts: 3396

You're off to a great start. I don't have much to add except to say that if you move her a little further away from the backgrounds (especially the fence in the last shot), you will get more of that nice blur (bokeh) that really makes a portrait pop.

Keep up the good work and keep posting!

Take care,
GiGi

Joined: 05/02/07
Posts: 214

Alright so I'm having a horrible time with skin tones. I just can't seem to get it figured out on the previous pictures, so I decided maybe a start on a fresh photo would help. My sisters skin is SOOOO pale to begin with and I find that the light in all the photos just seems to bouncing off of her. Grrr.. Please help me!!!

Nikon D80
f 5.6
1/400
ISO 800

What do you think of this one? Are the skin tones better? Does anyone have any tips for me? I'm using PSE and I can't seem to find anything to help with skin tones. I'm VERY new with PSE, I was using a very old version of photoshop but with the new computer I just haven't purchased a new copy of photoshop.

Thanks again for taking a look, any and all CC is welcome! Smile

EL2
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First off, I wanted to say you are doing great for posting and asking for CC. I agree with the previous CC.

On your new picture, her face looks a bit gray compare to her arm which is a bit bright but not blown. My eyes definitely go directly to her arm instead of her face. I would have tried and pose her differently.