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    Cool JMK - my random appearance for the month :)

    Lilly was cooperative! She's finally coming into her own as a "model" and is take direction A LOT better. She's getting past the painful fake smiles and I was able to get some okay shots of her in less than 15 mins. Light was low and all these are at ISO 1600 on a D50. There's some noise, but it's not really bothering me.

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    4. This one is from a failed shoot shot attempt from a few weeks ago.


    Thanks for looking!

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    Love #2- the expression, the eyes, everything! I love her freckles!
    (I have a red head, but she doesn't have that many freckles yet- I know they're coming...)

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    She is soo cute! I love em all. I don't see any noise at 1600. Great job.
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    they are great and I can't see much noise either, great for 1600
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    Love everything about #2
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    Cute picture! I don't know if you're asking for CC, but here's some anyway.

    I love her expressions on these. It must have been so much fun to have such an adorable willing model.

    #1 is WAY too magenta. Don't know if the crop is in camera, but I don't love it. I feel like her ear is crowded and I don't like where her eyes are hitting in the frame. I'd put them a bit higher...and it might work better if you actually chop part of her ear, not sure. If the crop isn't in camera, I'd like to see just a touch more room on the right hand side of the photo.

    #2 is really cute. Did you add a texture to the background or is that the noise? I like it whatever it is.

    #3 is a bit too magenta. I really like the composition here...she's so sweet.

    #4 is way too magenta in spots and her face is seriously blown. Again, her eyes are in an uncomfortable part of the frame...I wish they were about an inch higher.
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    The over-magenta is thanks to a nicole van color pop action. I realize it's magenta heavy, but I liked it. I don't think everything has to be 100% balanced all the time. Sometimes a slight tint heaviness can lend a different feeling to an image. I interpret these as fun, flirty, and girly. I actually considered making them all heavily tinted, but opted against it for now. I really didn't do anything to these snapshoots beside crop, run the action (a rarity for me), save - except for that last one. it was a challenge and was the only one out of the set that was salvagable. I could get the color "just perfect" so I left it. I'm not liking my current monitor either. Even with calibration I don't feel it's accurate. It's also at a fixed angle and the brightness doesn't stay consistent depending on what angle you're looking at it. It was a free 24" LG LCD so I can't complain, but I'll def be in the market for a new monitor when I get a new PC this Fall. I'm not digging my Pantone Huey lately either. I think it's just old tech and the newest Spyder is more advanced.

    I don't remember if the crop on #1 is 100% in camera, but I know it's not drastically different. Some of the limitation is coming from trying to maintain the aspect ratio in the 5:7. I took these snaps to go into a desktop calendar template from shabby princess and I knew I needed that aspect. I didn't end up using that first one in the template either. I just liked the catchlights.

    and yes, that is noise giving it that texture. I was bummed to be shooting at such high ISO on such a ill-equipted sensor. I knew I had to get the exposure and focus spot on so I wouldn't have to make any post exposure or brightness adjustments so I wouldn exacerbate the noise. Until I can upgrade my body I'm trying to "play nice" with my "noise machine" for now. It's really frustrating to know there are much better sensors out there now. I can't even shoot any higher than ISO1600 or lower than ISO200.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauren.groom View Post
    The over-magenta is thanks to a nicole van color pop action. I realize it's magenta heavy, but I liked it. I don't think everything has to be 100% balanced all the time. Sometimes a slight tint heaviness can lend a different feeling to an image.
    I totally agree with this, but I think for the unbalanced color to make sense, there need to be other things in the photo as a point of reference. In the first image, it is just her face, so the magenta doesn't add to the feeling of the photo...it just makes her look too pink and takes away from the beauty of her hair. It's not like a beach scene that has extra cyan or blue to make it look more beachy...there is just no frame of reference and the magenta isn't the most flattering skin tone.
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    Here it is recropped and the skin tones done by the numbers.

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    that edit is MUCH nicer...she's beautiful

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