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    Default Lurkers Unite! - Assignment #2

    Elizabeth - yellow.rose.of.canada
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    Okay, ladies! It's time to see what you've learned! What I want to see this week from you are some head shots. The focus of a head shot is the face of your subject, so let's not go below the chest for this assignment. We'll work on half and full body shots in coming weeks.

    You are welcome to post one photo a day, or just one photo for the entire week, but please at least share one. I'd like for you to post by Thursday morning, as I will be leaving for vacation and won't be back until October 1st. Don't forget to share your SOOC. Feel free to post your edit as well, but it's not necessary if you're unfamiliar with editing at the moment.

    I can't wait to see what you come up with!
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    Oh yea! This one makes me excited b/c I just did my son's 'school' pics last night.

    Edit to add pics:

    SOOTC
    PR1
    f/2 ~ 1/500 ~ ISO400 w/ 50mm 1.8

    Edit in B&W
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    D6FB
    f/2 ~ 1/250 ~ ISO400 w/ 50mm 1.8

    On the two color versions, I am not sure what to do processing wise. :/ I *think* the color looks ok but seriously, processing is a struggle for me bigtime! Also, the B&W isn't as strong as a LOT of the conversions I see on here. I just don't get it, maybe? I edit with GIMP and love it, but conversions and color are still, eh......
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    One question, does the face have to be human?


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    Exposure looks good on these, Marie! Great job! I'll give some CC on each of them:

    #1a - LOVE the bokeh! I'm missing the eye contact here. I think that the lack of eye contact could work if he had a shy little smile and look on his face as he was looking off. Also, be careful about where you're chopping the head. You could have benefited from backing up slightly to get his entire head in the frame. Head chops CAN work, don't get me wrong. It's just that you want it to be intentional. So just cutting off the top of the head looks like you made a mistake (I do this all the time, so don't feel bad!). One other thing you might want to do when you edit this, is make sure his eyes aren't dead center. So, I would crop it with the rule of thirds in mind. Bring in the crop on his head to near his forehead. You might still have room without cutting into his chin.

    #1b - The thing with b&w's is that you have to have the right kind of photo in order to pull it off. B&W's are all about the light. You have to have lots of different shades in order to create the contrast that you need to not have it look grey and flat. I think that you're having trouble with this one because there's just not enough contrast of light and dark on the face. I bet that if you converted your second photo, you'd be happier with the result.

    For conversions, I will create a gradient map. Then I'll either play with a levels layer or I'll do a brightness/contrast layer and mess with that to get it where I like it.

    #2 - I really like this! The lighting on it is fantastic! And because of the great lighting, you have great catchlights and even looking skin. When you edit this one, I'd warm it up a tad, since it looks a little cool to me.

    I encourage everyone else to give a little bit of CC on all the photos that are posted. If you're having trouble, just try to say one thing you like about the photo, and if it applies, one thing that you don't like, or what you think could be improved. This is an important step in learning, as you are looking with a critical eye, which opens you up to looking at your own photos with a critical eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddee View Post
    One question, does the face have to be human?
    No, you can use an animal...or even a doll, I suppose
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    Stephanie, that is just GREAT CC. I will def work on the edits tonight/tomorrow and post the results. Thanks.
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    Here's my conversion (private on Flickr) for your #2, Marie:

    Gradient map and brightness/contrast layer at +27 brightness and +22 contrast

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    Marie, I LOVE your second picture of Drake. Great connection and catchlights.
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    Okay, just a reminder to get your photos in by tomorrow morning. I'm finding myself pretty busy getting ready for the trip. I'm hoping to have a bit of downtime in the afternoon, but I can't commit.
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    Ok, here are my best tries... I had a little trouble getting cooperative subjects!! (all are 50 mm)


    SOOC-1/15, 7.1, ISO 1600

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    a conversion I played around with not great but I like the mood

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    SOOC-1/25, 2.5, ISO 1600 (this one isn't great quality but I love it...)

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    SOOC-1/500, 3.2, ISO 200

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    SOOC-1/10, 6.3, ISO 1600

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