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Friend's daughter

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I realise the crop is wrong. Her hair covers part of one eye. BUT I'd like to know what people think of this type of cropping abd a general critique of this picture.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 May 2012 - 2:53 PM
Focal Length:116mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Friend's daughter
Username:milligan1 milligan1
Uploaded:21 Jan 2013 - 12:28 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2013 - 3:14 PM

Well you have used self-critique. I don't like the crop as it is too drastic. I also believe the horizontal crop so popular these days is fine for stock shots as it permits text to be added which can be of use to purchasers of images.

I mean here you have a super portrait of a pleasing young lady and you go and crop off her chin of all things. EXIF is fine as your BG is dark you are able to stop one down. I don't m ind too much her hair falling over her eye as her head is at an angle that will cause that. Good eye contacta s well, well done.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2013 - 3:57 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nothing wrong with the crop as far as I'm concerned. This is where things are subjective. I often pull in really close to faces cropping top in particular and using landscape format. I do think you are slightly over lit. The image needs to be a little darker. There are two catchlights in the eyes, a spot and a square one. I think I would clone out the square ones.

One catchlight is natural, two or more say, studio. Nice strong image over all.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10866 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2862 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2013 - 4:47 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

For me the crop is fine John, though in the mods Ive cropped a little tighter, removing space from the left for a 10 X 8 aspect ratio.

Paul is right about exposure, - slightly over bright in a few areas, though not bad. What I do find needs some attention is the colour tone. The image has a strong yellow cast that can be addressed. Its aparent in the pearls, which should be white. If you used a gold reflector, this is normal, however, Im assuming you didnt.

Removing the square catchlight makes a difference also, and is easily done with cloning.

Ive uploaded 2 mods. First is cropped, catchlights reduced to one, exposure altered, colour balance altered, and slightly sharpened; the second has a diffuse glow applied for a softer look.


Hope this is helpful,



regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 21 Jan 2013 - 4:48 PM

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