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this photo was taken at the local park, i then used exposure and gamma correction, i wanted the modern look studios do recently.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Mar 2012 - 9:12 AM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:360
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Mia
Username:pjplant pjplant
Uploaded:31 Jan 2013 - 4:11 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2013 - 6:38 PM

My daughter in law had some pictures done by a new local professional. I use the word loosely. They were like this. I'm a bit old fashioned, and I appreciate you are trying to copy a style. It just looks over lit and over exposed to me. I would much prefer a correctly exposed, by my standards, shot because this looks potentially really very good.

Attractive shot, super composition, but, for me, grossly over exposed/lit. Purely a subjective comment.

Paul

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pjplant
pjplant  6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 - 7:41 PM

hi paulbroad, thanks for your comments, i agree this is over exposed but it was fun getting there, and i quite like it, i prefer taking impromptu photos rather than posed for people, this is the original untouched photo, it was a cold day but she still had fun.






thanks
pete

Last Modified By pjplant at 31 Jan 2013 - 7:44 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2982 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 2:55 AM

Hi Peter. Thanks for uploading the original too.


Its not a bad effort at High Ket photography. Look up some tutorials both on this site, and Google to see techniques for a better result.

This for me is not bright enough for high key, and it has a pinkish tone to the face. So yes its overexposed, but its supposed to be, but you need to correct the colour cast, sharpen, and retrieve some details.

So lets start with the original, get that right, then try the high key.


The original is underexposed quite a bit. You might wonder why that matters if youre going to make it very bright anyway, - and the reason is colour accuracy, and sharpness, and a better outcome.


Ive applied a mod to the original, mod1, and then used this as a basis for the high key shot. Your shot has lost sharpness, and a little too much of important facial details. You can go a lot brighter, and still retain the essential elemenrs using a layer. I used an overall brightnedd boost using a curves adjustment, removed most of it from eyes, nose and mouth, and then applied a diffuse glow distortion filter, - again removing it from the same areas.

This result is mod2.


Hope this is helpful, and you like the mods, and see the thought process.



Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 1 Feb 2013 - 2:57 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 7:51 AM

Willie's first mod, the corrected and re-composed image is a cracker. That's how it should look. High key, to me, is studio oriented and everything is light and bright, thus usually requiring a blonde model.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2982 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 2:59 PM

Thanks Paul.

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pjplant
pjplant  6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 - 3:51 PM

Hi there banehawi, thankyou for the mods, I must say the high key one is better than my own, I also like the b&w one, would it be possible for you to provide me with a more detailed description of the process, I am only a beginner with photoshop cs6, many thanks
Pete

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pjplant
pjplant  6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 - 3:57 PM

Hi again banehawi, I meant to also say that both my wife and I are very impressed with what you have done, and to thankyou as I hope it will much improve the way I aproach the way I do these sort of photographs in the future.
Thanks
Pete

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pjplant
pjplant  6 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 - 8:56 PM

hi stu8, the mods look good, they have a sepia look to them.
thanks
pete

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