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Took this as part of my college work, feel free to comment Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 May 2011 - 2:04 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Portrait
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
Title:Engagement Ring
Username:Steviefawcett Steviefawcett
Uploaded:9 May 2011 - 11:14 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Rings, Specialist / abstract, Weddings
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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8869 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 3:29 PM

I presume this is a project about product photography, so I'll aim my opinions at that level given my limited experience of the subject.

I think the photo loses impact because of the lightish tones throughout the image and the lighting doesn't seem to be very well controlled imo. The ring itself is too contrasty.

If you used something to modify the light to diffuse it and to bounce some of it where the ring is very dark, then I believe the photo would look better. Be aware of shadows made by the flash which are rather obvious, the one on the left having a pronounced yellow/orange colour to it. This is caused by another light source filling the shadow with yellow light.

I like the shallow DOF but I think the stones should be focused better. Although they look OK I don't think they're as sharply focused as they could be. It maybe down to the lens you used. A quality macro lens would yield a pin-sharp focus if used correctly.

In the mods ( both are the same except the second has cheesey highlight star effects added ) I darkened the b/g and surrounding areas so the eye is drawn to the ring and doesn't just wander off. I reduced the contrast of the ring and reduced the noise in the red and blue channels. I sharpened and set the blend mode to Luminosity.

The use of a fine silk-like material adds to the impression of a luxurious product but the lighting and quality of the focus needs improving so the ring becomes a 'seductive item' for the consumer to purchase.

This is only an opinion and not meant to offend.

Alan.

Last Modified By Paintman at 9 May 2011 - 3:30 PM

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Steviefawcett

I like the first one, bit more interesting and not as plain. Im doing wedding photography at the moment, I used a friends engagement ring..as shes not quite married yet hahaa.

The angle was awkward so it looked dull at first, i added 100% vibrance to give the colour, as there was no colour at all before.

Thanks for the comment

Stevie

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ianrobinson e2 Member 41108 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 8:13 PM

Hi steve well done for trying i think though there is too much dead space around the ring, question, are you emphasising the ring or what it is on?
i tried to do a mod but to be fair it was a struggle with a very soft image even at it's sharpest point but i will go through what i have tried to achieve.

1. cropped to emphasis ring
2. tried to sharpen not successful
3. to away noise created from sharpening and what was already there
4. brightened the diamonds a little as not much can be done with a soft image
5.added your name back but made smaller, your name is not as important as the image its self which in this case is what the title states "Engagement ring".

The biggest issue i see with this image is the lack of sharpness and that is one of the most important things to get right in an image, if this is not correct it is extremely hard to process right if at all.
Your shutter speed is the first thing you should be worrying about next aperature to get the shutter speed up and finally iso if the other 2 do not give satisfactory results in shutter speed.

Hope this helps

Kind regards

Ian.

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Steviefawcett

Hi thanks, its the ring i want to emphasise, but i wanted space around it. I didnt want it too big or in the middle. I prefer it with darkened edges, but i dont think il crop it very much

Stevie

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Paintman e2 Member 8869 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 8:28 PM

I think your mod's fine Steve but I do like the detail in the material showing where it's in focus.

I think Ian's done well, although the vignette may be a little strong. All down to personal tasteSmile

Alan.

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