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    • #115915
      gaganpreet
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      improvements?

      mannat by gaganpreet on Light Stalking

    • #115923
      Ritesh Saini
      Participant

      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.

      Good luck!

    • #115926
      Lenny Wollitz
      Participant

      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.

    • #115933
      P Marione
      Blocked

      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.

    • #115935
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      HI, @gaganred, you know the drill….a bit of info, please? ta…

    • #115984
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      @tersha hey , sorry i always forget that !
      its
      iso 400
      f 5.6
      shutter speed 1/90
      focal lengh 49mm ..
      the only source of light available was flash light on my blackberry.

    • #115987
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      @pmarione thankyousomuch 🙂
      and and i din’t understand your point.. can you do that for me . ?

    • #115990
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      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 ?

    • #115996
      P Marione
      Blocked

      I just played a little with the levels adjustment.

    • #116000
      Fred Furze
      Participant

      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.

    • #116003
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      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 :’)
      regards

      _MG_6202_1.jpg by gaganpreet on Light Stalking

    • #116011
      P Marione
      Blocked

      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 🙁

    • #116020
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      @pmarione give me your mail id .. i shall send RAW file to you ?

    • #116027
      P Marione
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    • #116055
      Fred Furze
      Participant

      Would love to give it a shot as well.

      furzedesign@aol.com

    • #116159
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      i have mailed it to you guys . got it ? @pmarione @fredf

    • #116162
      Fred Furze
      Participant

      Got it. Thanks @gaganred . Will try tonight.

    • #116167
      P Marione
      Blocked

      I have sent you a file back on your email.

    • #116210
      Doug
      Participant

      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.

    • #116227
      Fred Furze
      Participant

      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.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/fredvf/11485436354/

    • #116238
      P Marione
      Blocked


      Here is my version, but variations are infinite, so it’s only my interpretation.
      The original pic is good.

    • #116243
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      @douglsmith i never said it was a cell phone photo . i used cellphone flashlight as the only source of light.
      and thankyou for your time. i would like to do those settings and see .
      regards 🙂

    • #116244
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      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 😀
      regards

    • #116245
      gaganpreet
      Participant

      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 ?

    • #116246
      P Marione
      Blocked

      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.

    • #116250
      Fred Furze
      Participant

      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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