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Another shot from the studio/outdoor night at our Camera Club. This is one of my favorites from the evening. Jessica obviously has a natural beauty so I wanted to try and capture that. It's a shame the light was so low and that I had to sacrifice some sharpness at the full size print but on here it doesn't look so bad.

ISO 400, 1/40, f5.6 @ 154mm

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Tamron 28-300mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Jessica
Username:RobJJ RobJJ
Uploaded:11 Jun 2009 - 9:06 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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patman
patman  8 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2009 - 10:13 PM

lovely shot...patman

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2009 - 10:17 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

She is a beautiful young lady. The shot is a bit dark, could probably benefited from some fill flash. Consider next shoot to setup a flash, I would go manual then adjust power output of flash to about 1/4. The tamron lens you used I believe is at 4.5 on the outside. I would make sure that your Aperture is set at a higher value say F9 and increase ISO to compensate. If you know what your camera settings are it makes it easier to suggest if you post them.

In terms of editing all the elements of the photo are there and it is easy to take this up a notch. Simply reduce shadows by about 10%, increase levels and adjust brightness and contrast. Take a look at the mod I posted. Hope this helps.

Greg

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banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2897 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2009 - 10:55 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a nice pose and a decent shot overall Rob.

Greg has provided some good feedback above, - and in addition theres some more things to watch out for.

Provide the shot settings when you are looking for critique, - aperture, speed, focal length, ISO. This will make sure you receive a better critique.

Sharpen after you re size your image down from the original before you upload, - it loses sharpness as youve noticed.

Crop to place one of the eyes on a third.

In the mod Ive sharpened using USM at amount = 110%; Radius = 0.8, and Threshold = 3.

Ive brightened using a curves adjustment.

Ive cropped to place her eye on a third, - this is also a 10X8 crop for printing.

Ive used a little skin softening, - one useful add on you can check out if your interested in portraits is Portrait Professional, - you can download a free trial.

Ive also applied a slight diffuse glow, - in Photoshop its inder filter>distort>diffuse glow, - this also tends to lighten and soften for a slightly more glamorous look.


Hope this is helpful,


Regards



Willie

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oneill  6155 forum posts Ireland
11 Jun 2009 - 11:24 PM

a fantastic portrait,,,,

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RobJJ
RobJJ  5 England
12 Jun 2009 - 3:17 PM

Hi guys, thanks for the comments so far. I'm in a bit of a rush but just wanted to check something- you mentioned about me putting the shot settings on there; on my screen I can see them so I'm not sure why you can't. Regardless, here they are:

ISO 400, 1/40, f5.6 @ 154mm handheld

I'll comment on your other comments when I've got a little more time. Really pleased to see the mods you've posted too so thanks, portraiture is very new to me.

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2009 - 4:04 AM

Sorry, I looked right past them and did not see it. I do now, not you fault its my bad.

Looking at the settings I would be afraid of getting camera blur as your shutter speed is slow. Also I would have tried a higher aperture like I said early as the Tamron at the higher end will give you better performance then at its lower end.

Where you set in auto mode, aperture mode or manual mode. Your settings seem to imply that there was not much light available?

Greg

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RobJJ  5 England
13 Jun 2009 - 10:43 AM

Hi Greg, I was set in shutter priorty but realise now I was lucky mot to get more blur. Your thoughts are correct- the photo was taken late evening in very overcast conditions with occasional drizzle, not the best conditions for shooting I grant you!

I'll definately experiment with a higher aperture next time, light permitting.

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BigSausage
13 Jun 2009 - 5:48 PM

Super image great pose and love it.
Paul...............

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JeremyTrickett
17 Jun 2009 - 7:43 PM

Fantasic photograph, and a beautiful subject, all the best Jerry.

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Zonda
Zonda  5303 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2009 - 7:49 PM

The smile of a beautiful girl is simply.................priceless.

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Zonda  5303 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2009 - 7:51 PM

A lot of the amateur models on here scowl, or look like they would rather be elsewhere. Yours do not.

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elowes
elowes  102832 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 - 10:42 PM

Doing group shots like this it is important to get the attention of the model (in a friendly way) which you have done. The result is good.

You could weaken or strengthen it by using the techniques in the modifications. I would suggest a little less warmth and very slight sharpening. You have used RAW so you have a lot of leeway.

Using a greater depth of field is not always the answer in portraits. Focus on the eyes and use a wide aperture, as you have done. Over smoothing skin looks artificial if taken too far. Any adjustments on such a lovely model should be subtle and not obvious.

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