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How can I improve his picture? I know the background is distracting. I was paying too much attention to getting the horse in the frame as he kept trying to eat my camera! So in this instance I used one of the auto functions.

Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Kit Lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Rodger
Username:Kimmy1 Kimmy1
Uploaded:18 Dec 2010 - 8:36 PM
Tags:Horses. horse riding, Pets / captive animals
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Jestertheclown
18 Dec 2010 - 10:25 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Improvements?
Maybe!
The biggest fault with your original is it's composition. Your (overly) friendly subject is too close to the LHS and consequently facing out of the shot. I don't suppose he was likely to turn around for you so you needed to compose the shot to include more canvas on the left.
More easily said than done, I'm sure. (I used to keep a couple of horses).
I'm not sure that the background's really that much of a distraction; it's a horse in it's home so the background's what I'd expect to see.
The colour and exposure's in need of a little help though!
I've tweaked it a bit using the shadows/highlights tool, brightened it and pushed the contrast just slightly. I also de-saturated it a tiny amount.
All of these adjustments are really subjective and you could go on making those kind of alterations all night and not be happy.
I'm not sure that my mod's really an improvement but hopefully, it gives you some ideas.
It's a shame you can't see his eyes.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Davesumner
19 Dec 2010 - 1:38 AM

Kim,

I think that Bren has created a lovely image in his mod and his comments are very relevant. However for me the problem still remains in the two horses in the background and they would have been better not there. This is a thing that should be done in camera, the horses weren't going anywhere so it was a case of wait until the shot presents itself and take it. However the horses can be removed post processing and I think they should because they are in the worst positions that they could be really which is a little unfortunate.

I'm not sure about the low angle viewpoint either, I can't decide whether it should be right down at the ground, a little higher or much higher but as it is, it isn't quite right for me.

I've uploaded a mod where I've added some image to the left side (please forgive the crudely reproduced fence) to give the horse the impression that it is looking into the image rather than out as suggested by Bren. I've also cropped out the other horses, lightened the dark areas and sharpened.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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Kimmy1
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19 Dec 2010 - 12:01 PM

Thank you both for the comments and mod. My post processing skills are very basic at the moment, I'm using lightroom and awaiting photoshop. I'm going to see if I can attempt to recreate what you have done in lightroom. Thank you very much,

Kim

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banehawi Critique Team 10867 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2865 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2010 - 9:03 PM

Kim, lightroom has the so called adjustment brush, and you can use this to increase exposure on the horse by setting the amount of exposure increase and just painting it on the horse.




regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2010 - 6:49 PM

It all depends what you want this image for. The background sets the scene, so I don't mind it. The problem is lighting. The horse is lit so that far too much of it is dark - you need the light from a different angle - 3/4 front is usually good, and you should have been able to move the animal?

Also, use your flash. Even the weak inbuilt unit will throw a bit of light into the subject, lightening shadows and putting catch lights in eyes.

Paul

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katie9
katie9 Junior Member 5 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2010 - 6:38 PM

I just think the picture is great just the way it is you could of got more of the landscape in though, the picture is great though!!!
katie

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