- December 17, 2013 at 7:35 am #115915
- December 17, 2013 at 9:50 am #115923Ritesh SainiParticipant
Hi @gaganred, I am assuming it was not taken in a studio and hence the lighting may not have been under your control but the use of ambient light here kind of works, without any harsh shadows spoiling the portrait. That said, the face kind of hangs there in the middle by itself which is not very pleasing, if you get what I mean. Some lighting to accentuate the shoulders would be good. (Was the area around the face ‘burned’ in post-processing, btw? If so, you can do it much better by selectively doing it on certain areas). There’s a great article here: http://www.lightstalking.us/dodging-burning
The image can also gain by getting a boost in contrast and sharpness. Oh, and needless to say, that’s a beautiful kid there! The curiosity of the kid obviously gets conveyed in the photo, which makes an instant connect with the viewer.
- December 17, 2013 at 11:00 am #115926Lenny WollitzParticipant
Nice shot! I would like just a hint of light from the right rear to define the back of the head. Great catch light in the eyes.
- December 17, 2013 at 11:24 am #115933
Your best shot so far.
I would play with the contrast to have the white of his eyes white. That would add to the atmosphere.
- December 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm #115935
- December 18, 2013 at 2:49 am #115984
- December 18, 2013 at 3:01 am #115987
- December 18, 2013 at 3:14 am #115990
hey @riteshsaini thankyou for your time and for observing this work.
it was studio . only phone flash light was used and i did burned it in pp ..
and i need to ask one thing ! boost in contrast and sharpness for me is killing the mood .. i don’t know .. would you like to show me what according to you should be done ?
- December 18, 2013 at 3:56 am #115996
I just played a little with the levels adjustment.
- December 18, 2013 at 6:12 am #116000
I was going to suggest an exposure enhancement. @Pmarione did what I was thinking. This has revealed what looks like sloppy over burning to the left of her face (just at her face’s edge), or a very strong vignette, however.
If you were trying to conceal background objects, then that in itself is something you could do different the next time:
Black background, or a distant dark background, and a flash with a narrow grid so that it hits her face alone (I know, easier said than done!). So, better planning overall.
The photo, if it were done correctly, I think is very nice.
- December 18, 2013 at 6:42 am #116003
this was what was available to me .. i tried to get the background dark but could not justify i guess.. and about exposure i don’t know i still would like to keep it low .. i am not liking high exposure over here..
@pmarione @fredf .. feel free to complety redo .. i would love to see your effort on this :’)
- December 18, 2013 at 8:20 am #116011
Yes that’s better except for the highlight on her (his) nose that you can easily correct. The background is not really a problem as it’s blurred.
It’s not possible to work on a pic at that size and resolution 🙁
- December 18, 2013 at 9:11 am #116020
- December 18, 2013 at 11:52 am #116027
- December 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm #116055
- December 20, 2013 at 10:10 am #116159
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- December 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm #116167
I have sent you a file back on your email.
- December 21, 2013 at 6:42 am #116210DougParticipant
Interesting conversations. I like what I assumed was your original. I am unsure how you ended up with a RAW photo from what I though you said was a cell phone photo. I like the basic photo you started with. The reflection on the nose is something I noticed from the very beginning and would dodge it a bit to tone it down. I might have also tried to increase the lighting in the shadows on his head on the right side of the photo, but left the rest alone.
- December 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm #116227
Ok. Here is my shot. Not sure if it an improvement but here it is. I tried to keep that feeling of a divine light shining on his/her face. I felt the square crop worked, since in the original there is a lot of black on the sides of the frame that seem to add nothing.
The RAW file was very underexposed. You definitely needed more light.
- December 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm #116238
Here is my version, but variations are infinite, so it’s only my interpretation.
The original pic is good.
- December 22, 2013 at 1:03 am #116243
- December 22, 2013 at 1:07 am #116244
thankyou for your time and support, but in your version i did not like that much lighting on her face. i thought the best thing in this photo is the 3 soft spots of light (on eyes and on nose) , and that is why i do not want to expose this much 😀
- December 22, 2013 at 1:11 am #116245
i like it but that spot on nose is gone. i loved that part of pic. in this version teeshirt is making it much more beautiful . someone spotted out that error in mine. (hanging head ) but why din’t you try to make background black ? any reason ?
- December 22, 2013 at 3:58 am #116246
There was no reason to make the background black : the subject is very strong, and I like the lightest parts on the diagonal.
If you look at paintings they are very often composed along diagonals and triangles.
- December 22, 2013 at 10:17 am #116250
You’re right @gaganred . The brighter exposure does eliminate the sparkle of the reflections a little. The nose one was a little too hot. I agree with everyone who said this. The eyes are wet, so a strong catchlight reflection there looks natural and healthy, but the one on the nose feels like it needs to be toned down a bit.
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