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My niece Amy has just come back from a two week holdiay and is looking lovely and healthy!

I love Amy when her freckles come out (she hates it! LOL)

This is rather a test snap shot really. I have a new canon 70-200mm lens and have been trying it out today. I also brought a book by Annabel Williams which advises trying portraits in doorways. this is the doorway of Amy's house and I must admit I really like how the light turned out!

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sunshine Amy!
Username:HelenO HelenO
Uploaded:12 Jul 2008 - 6:33 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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Chrism8
Chrism8  7744 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 6:42 PM

Excellent Portrait Janey, Good eye contact and a relaxed model.

Chris

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Simon_Whitehouse

The eyes are shot on but I agree with Amy about the freckles. Copy your background layer then add gaussian blur between 3 & 6 radius. Knock the oppacity of layer 1 down to around 50% (so the freckles don't show). Use the eraser at 100% to paint detail back into the eyes, lips, hair, clothes etc anythingthing but the skin and background.

I tend to use the erasure on the following settings but it is image dependant;
Eyebrows = 100%.
Eyes = 95%
Lips = 75%
Hair = Between 70 & 60%.
Clothes = 55%.
Skin other than the face = 48%.

Hope this helps.

Si

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sketch
sketch  71469 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 - 6:45 PM

You really are getting the hang of that lens Janey, another love shot

sarah x

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HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 6:47 PM


Quote: The eyes are shot on but I agree with Amy about the freckles.
Si

Thanks Si! But I really, really like her freckles! I have spent years softening them out for her, but no more! I LOVE em! LOL Cheers J x

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 6:52 PM

I would be interested to know why it is good to use a doorway ????
This is really beautiful, and have to agree the freckles must stay Smile
ian

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HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 6:55 PM

[quote]I would be interested to know why it is good to use a doorway ????
Well apparently the cover of the door sheilds the harsh lighting and gives a nice soft result. I have to say a did a few shots out and in and the doorway ones produced such a lovely light!

I will definately be using this tip again! J x

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Simon_Whitehouse

Fair play Janey, go with what YOU like.

Si

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 7:04 PM

thankyou for that, I will give it a try ..
cheers Ian

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penguinjeff
12 Jul 2008 - 7:05 PM

Yet another superb portrait shot. I agree with you - keep the freckles.

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 7:27 PM

1st class portrait, shes a very pretty girl with lovely freckles and killer eyes
Stace x

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hamperium  7
12 Jul 2008 - 7:38 PM

great shot

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Dee73
Dee73  6 England
12 Jul 2008 - 7:57 PM

stunning portrait, love the doorway idea, its worked a treat.

Damon

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malum
malum e2 Member 10622 forum postsmalum vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 8:30 PM

I like the freckles too, indeed I've really brought them out in my mod.
Nice shot

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HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 8:31 PM

Thanks for all the mods guys...definately food for though! Smile J xx

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blackbird  7159 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 11:01 PM

Another mod for you......
I reduced the red tones and cropped just a little to enhance the blue of her eyes
A lovely portrait and a beautiful lass

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julesm
julesm  101698 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 11:29 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Glad youve discovered the doorway technique. I use it all the time for client shoots. The key is to simply meter of the face and the exposure will generally fall into place with these images.

I would say that the composition could do with tweaking a little though. I would have givin it a bit of an angle and certainly got her to tilt her head so her face wastn flat to the camera. The crop seems to leave a blank space at the top which draws my eyes to her foot sticking out of her head. A touch of vignette could finish it off...
Just some thoughts and hope you keep using this technique...

Jules

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HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 11:39 AM

Thank you very much for the excellent advice and comments. J x

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 3:35 PM

Lovely!

John Smile

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MarkT
MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 6:43 PM

Great capture Janey.

Freckles are a sign of beauty so my Auntie used to tell me - certainly true with this model Smile

Mark.

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Phantom7
Phantom7  829 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 - 9:29 PM

Hello Yummy Mummy.

Great shot.

Can you teach me lol .I havn't a clue when it comes to portraits.

Macro and Aircraft thats me lol.

Keep the freckles.i have them and im a bloke lol.

Jim

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JulieTinton
14 Jul 2008 - 10:36 AM

I too have this lens, it's great isn't it and I'm also a 'doorway fan', a top tip from Annabel I picked up!! It just works!

Lovely portrait, lighting is perfect!

Julie

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Mjhearne  7432 forum posts Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 12:22 PM

I dont know why on earth you would want to remover the freckles!
My mum told me they are angel kisses! I got kissed alot!

She is a beautiful young girl, and this is a great portrait!!

Matthew x

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