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This is my friend Nikolina, ready for prom, she is beutiful.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:prom time
Username:MyOwnWonderland MyOwnWonderland
Uploaded:3 Jun 2013 - 11:24 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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derrymaine
4 Jun 2013 - 6:23 AM

amazing POV

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pablophotographer

hello!

it is unfortunate that you have not given the data of the picture with the settings used, but based on thet it gives me a good chance to focus on the image itself, rather than on the camera.

I do like you have shot from a lower point of view and you have used vertical framing. You have managed to used natural background, the beautiful blue sky, as professionals use blue backgrounds in studios. The composition creates a triangular shape following the dress from bottom and leading to the head. Unfortunatley, that is the area which contains most of the points of criticism for your beautiful picture. I do not think you have used wide lens or wide setting, this makes the points that are more away from the centre of the lens to appear more far away and thus smaller than the parts that are closer to the centre of the lens. as a results of this, the head appears small.
I suspect you have worked with your camera only and you do not have a reflector, or a external flash that responds to your camera commands. The direction of the light has caused a big dark area under her face. You could had attempted to shoot with the flash on. which would add another source of light from below and would have "erased" - or correst some of the effects of the direct sunlight. But lets suppose that your camera does not have a flash, Olympus Pen E-1 doesn't for example, and discuss how you could correct the shadow and work with your camera and model, only. As you see, also from the shadows created by her eyelashes, the white of her eyes is not visible. Some people would say that is good you have eye contact with your subject, but given the strong sunlight conditions, is it a clear "eye to eye" contact? If I was in your position, set with my camera from that exact low point, I would have asked my poser to tilt her head slightly upwards,
or turn it to the left a bit, just a bit, not to look at the lens but to the open space in front of her, metaphorically as if facing gracefully and bravely to what comes to her way in future. I do not have any tools to make any corrections on your picture right now, I could only suggest you if you want to cut some space around her and make the bottoms of the dress the starting points of the width of your picture, some cropping from the top would be needed. That would bring your friend a little bit closer to the viewer.
Summing up you have done a good job overall and i think with what I have recommended you could have an even better final result. That is not a reason to stop me from congratulating you for what you have done. Bravo.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2013 - 2:25 PM

This is a composite image, with the model cut out and placed on a sky shot. This is why we have no exif data.

The cut out is reasonably done, but needs more practice and attention to small details. There are areas where halos are visible; the area under her left arm where some sky is visible has had a soft brush used, leaving a visible line, where a harder brush would have been better, - or a much smaller soft brush; There are visible jpeg artifacts in the upper right sky taht are a clear indicator that we have two different shots compressed at two different rates;


The shot of the girl itself needs to be somewhat sharper. More practice, making sure you have the image zoomed very high to see small details, will improve the technique. You have the basics.



Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 4 Jun 2013 - 2:27 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2013 - 6:57 AM

With Willie, pretty well, although the image is quite effective. Just type the basic data into the text field. We do need to know what you have done or there is no point using a critique section. I would crop the top a nd right a bit to put her figure to the right side.

Paul

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 7:46 PM

Lovely image as are the rest of your folio.
Regards John.

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