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This was taken a couple of years ago or so. No flash used, and the stage lighting was not the best I have come across. Can't remember the name of the band.......

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:Tamron 70-300 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Apr 2009 - 11:03 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Drummer Girl
Username:ibayntun ibayntun
Uploaded:19 May 2012 - 5:18 PM
Tags:Drummer, Gig, Live band, Music, Portraits / people
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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 7271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 5:42 PM

Not an easy kind of photography. Difficult lighting and her face is not the most well lit element of the scene, so I would crop almost to the top of the left hand edge of the drum - this stops the drum dominating, I think, so we look at her face.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 5:46 PM

Not a bad effort considering, but the lighting was against you. You needed light on her face and without it actually being there, you had no chance. Flash would have ruined the effect.

Paul

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puertouk  21012 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2012 - 12:21 AM

Hi Ian, yes plenty to do to get this image looking like it should have turned out. First of all, you have plenty of noise in this shot, which you would expect at ISO 1600 with the camera you used. I put the shot into Photoshop camera raw, reduced some of the vibrance and saturation, as it had a red colour cast, especially over her face. I tried to reduce some of the noise in the dark areas by using luminance. I moved it into PS and copied the background layer. I then moved the microphone that was sticking out of her head with the patch tool, then went into the layers panel and added a new layer. I used the eye dropper tool to get the best area of skin that was not effected by the colour cast, set the blend mode to colour and painted over her face. In the layers panel > blend mode > screen > opacity 82%. Layers panel > new layer > eye dropper tool on part of her hair > painted the colour cast out. Finally I made a small crop. Phew! Hope you like the mod.
Stephen

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