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02-21-2010, 03:20 PM
Oops for some reason this did not rotate for me
These are a couple of shots I took in the studio as part of my HND.
02-21-2010, 05:58 PM
wow! really nice - the second one looks like an old painting - except for the leathers! ;)
02-21-2010, 11:23 PM
Great job, Cathy! I really like the one of the boy but the old guy is a wonderful image too!
Cathy, I love them both, but particularly the old guy.
02-22-2010, 05:42 PM
Awesome effort, but I want to help motivate you to do better, because I know you can. :)
- aperture selection is great
- lighting is subtle and if anything a touch dark for that mystery look
- background colour well chosen (well chosen location)
- The eyes are the path to the soul and the key to every portrait. If they are not tack sharp, often there goes the entire shot. The closest eye (the most important one) is visibly off.
- You have a lot of negative space above and to the right of your subject, that takes away from the center of attention, which is your subject.
- I'm never a fan of the cropped body part. The shoulder and arm are 1/2 missing. Crop above or below a joint, not in the middle of any important body part.
- The WB is off a little, but in your favor, it is a little warmer and that is usually better than if your subject's face looked blue or green... lol
- Compositionally, I did not like that jacket, though perhaps if I new the gentleman, I would change my mind. He has an amazing face FILLED with character, and that is something that should be the center of attention.
I hope you don't mind, I spent a couple of minutes on your shot to see what I could do and perhaps show you how I would handle this kind of situation. I burned in his jacket a little, and worked on the colours some as well as the detail a bit.
Your first pic is equally nice, but again, your focus is off. Perhaps it would be a good idea to use a single focus point and learn where to place and control what the camera focuses on yourself, not let the camera do this for you.
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