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Grin Thought the blue velvet dress and gold jewelry goes well with the red hairGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1000D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Jun 2011 - 1:55 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:BLUE VELVET
Username:jabe jabe
Uploaded:5 Jun 2011 - 8:10 AM
Tags:General, Nude / glamour, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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debu
debu  4 India
5 Jun 2011 - 8:24 AM

Nice portrait and a very pretty model.
debu

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johnnyboy114
5 Jun 2011 - 4:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

May I be so bold as to offer a couple of words of constructive criticism and advice?

You have a lovely model, lovely smile and like you said, the colours are really nice with the hair and the necklace to go with the dress....that all works really well. I like her smile and fun pose too....really lovely. The basis of a very nice image.

But, a couple of things. Firstly, the shot is very underexposed, probably by about a stop and a half I would say. Might be worth checking the histogram in your processing software as I would imagine that the curve is way down on the left or the middle. You have a white background, so the curve should be much further to the right.....bring this up and those colours would really scream off the page I reckon. At the moment, they are very muted and a touch grey and its a shame as they, like I said and you have yourself, are really nice.

Secondly, the image is focused in completely the wrong place. The focus with 95% of all portraits should be on the eyes and the focus on this is on the hand BEHIND her, so everything in front, including the face and eyes, it out of focus....which then in turn loses the detail of those lovely eyes and makes it look quite blurred. You have a nice camera there (the 1000D is a lovely bit of kit, I have its bigger brother, the 7D and most of the electronic internals are quite similar), so getting the correct focus point shouldn't be a problem. Either focus, half press and recompose or move the focus point around the viewfinder to the point where you want and shoot away. If you have a chance to shoot with this lady again, do so and recreate the image, but take into account the use of the histogram....never rely on the screen on the back as it will always give you a false impression.


This is the basis of a really nice, fun and lovely image, but with a few tweaks, you would have a killer shot. Hope you don't mind as I can see real potential in this Smile

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jabe
jabe  3 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 4:58 AM


Quote: May I be so bold as to offer a couple of words of constructive criticism and advice?

You have a lovely model, lovely smile and like you said, the colours are really nice with the hair and the necklace to go with the dress....that all works really well. I like her smile and fun pose too....really lovely. The basis of a very nice image.

But, a couple of things. Firstly, the shot is very underexposed, probably by about a stop and a half I would say. Might be worth checking the histogram in your processing software as I would imagine that the curve is way down on the left or the middle. You have a white background, so the curve should be much further to the right.....bring this up and those colours would really scream off the page I reckon. At the moment, they are very muted and a touch grey and its a shame as they, like I said and you have yourself, are really nice.

Secondly, the image is focused in completely the wrong place. The focus with 95% of all portraits should be on the eyes and the focus on this is on the hand BEHIND her, so everything in front, including the face and eyes, it out of focus....which then in turn loses the detail of those lovely eyes and makes it look quite blurred. You have a nice camera there (the 1000D is a lovely bit of kit, I have its bigger brother, the 7D and most of the electronic internals are quite similar), so getting the correct focus point shouldn't be a problem. Either focus, half press and recompose or move the focus point around the viewfinder to the point where you want and shoot away. If you have a chance to shoot with this lady again, do so and recreate the image, but take into account the use of the histogram....never rely on the screen on the back as it will always give you a false impression.


This is the basis of a really nice, fun and lovely image, but with a few tweaks, you would have a killer shot. Hope you don't mind as I can see real potential in this Smile

Thanks for the advice and info,perhaps you could help me decipher some of it ie( the curve )

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johnnyboy114
6 Jun 2011 - 12:16 PM

Yeah, no problem. Its very simple. Let me know, drop me a PM, anything, and I will help all I can Smile

Firstly though, go back to your manual on your camera and look up Histogram in there and find how you display it on your screen. When you have, then we can work out whats going on for you Smile

I would also say the same regarding moving your focus points too. The manual is something that many people overlook for information on how to take better pictures.....I always recommend people read it cover to cover....you would be amazed at the amount of good info thats in there you may normally miss just by diving straight in, or learning only what you think you need to know

Hope this helps? Smile

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