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13/11/2009 - 2:27 AM

X Factors !

X Factors !The overall scene is quite pleasant, and I imagine very rewarding to be there. But a couple of small things spoil this image for me, the first is the horizon, which is off by a fair amount. The easiest way to sort this wuld be at time of capture, if you look at the far bank on the left hand side, if that was horizontal then it would add so much more to the image. It can be a difficult thin to judge at the time of taking an image, but as a guide a simple spirit level should help.
The second niggle is the amount of noise in the presented image. Can I ask what the original settings were, as I'm not sure if it was as a result of the camera settings or the post production.

Matt
11/04/2009 - 1:36 AM

I see, and do nothing

I see, and do nothingLooking at the image as a whole (just the first one, not the variants) something niggles me about it, I can't seem to settle on any one part of it.

The bright pillars keep dragging my eye to them, so competing for attention and moving the viewer to each side of the main subject. Ignoring them, the large spotted cow horn doesn't portray any of the sentiment you mention in the description, at least not to me. The lock on the forehead, doesn't look right, most likely my mind knowing it shouldn't be there, but partly due to the lighting on the lock doesn't fit with that of the main portrait. The padlock is well positioned, but again the lighting doesn't match the main subject, it's not got the key lights (sorry for the pun) on the metal work, it appears a little flat to me, also the metal loop in the shadow of the right hand side (lip area) should be darker than lower lip loop, and the shading would be angled differently.

The cuts and scrapes on the skin look very effective. Despite what I've said I do like the image, it's close to the finished product as far as I'm concerned, just needs a bit more work.
07/04/2009 - 3:13 AM

Lady in Waiting

Lady in WaitingI agree this has fallen short! Sorry to be blunt, but it's dark... too dark overall. The only bright areas look as if they have been pulled back using the burn tool (on the highlights).

The angle of the light is good, and one that can work well, but it needs a lot more fill from the left of the image. A reflector does help a lot, and can provide on most occasions enough light to make the image. However, looking at this I'd guess that it would need a touch more light adding in. Personally, I would use an off camera flash (with radio trigger) or a video light to create the spill of light from the back of the subject, and a reflector angled to fill the shadow so you can see more detail on the model, but not to fully light the subject.
06/04/2009 - 11:19 AM

Seductress

SeductressThis type of pose is quite common in Boudoir photography, and one that helps make the ladies legs look longer, one reason it is so popular.

For this particular image though, I would have preferred a lower shooting point, so you look along the body and then see the legs against the wall, by doing this it stops the models body looking short because the angle of view you see the shape of the breasts, you also gain much better eye contact.

The exposure of the image also looks quite dark, so you lose the model against the bed covers, if you want to keep the dark image style, I would suggest a flash bounced off the ceiling, with a light modifier to throw some forward to light the legs. This will light the models torso more, so define it against the covers. An alternative would be a reflector off to the side to throw some light back across the body.
29/08/2008 - 12:51 AM

Chris & Nic

Chris & NicSpot colour... Rodd! Sad

The colour of the window really detracts from the slightly darker bride & groom, my eye is drawn away from the centre point of the shot. Leaving it wavering between the colour, and the couple, with now where to go or rest.

A wedding shot should focus on the important elements of the day. i.e. the Bride primarily, followed closely by the groom.

Details and environmental shots do play a part, but such heavy colouring with the B&W treatment takes the spot light off the couple.
Matt
17/06/2008 - 8:27 PM

HDR Surrey Village

HDR Surrey VillageThe HDR is a little strong for my tastes in this shot, I would have considered layering the HDR image over the original, possibly with a soft light blend and then reduced the opacity. The idea would be to include the HDR effect, but leaving a more realistic result.

HDR is a difficult beast to tame at times, and often a lot of subtle tweaks are required.
Matt
01/06/2008 - 12:32 AM

Lozie

LozieThis is damn fine work Sharon, pose is bold and strong. The lighting is well controlled, although I would have added a reflector to lift a bit of the shadow on the left of the face but that is just my personal preference.

Cracking work, keep it up.
Matt
14/05/2008 - 10:41 PM

BOWLER HAT

BOWLER HATInteresting pose, good to see people willing to experiment with posing the model.

Taking on board your comments about lack of editing facilities at the moment, I would suggest warming the studio up, as it is fairly apparent from the mottled legs that it is a little cool for her.

By doing this, there will also be a lot less editing on the skin tones.
06/05/2008 - 11:13 PM

Wheat Fields

Wheat FieldsInteresting shot, balances the environmental aspects (green shoots) against the harsh industrial backdrop.

For me Mr Wilson, you have been caught between two thoughts... the first, maximum depth of field, have it all sharp and in focus, all the way through the shot... the second, use the foreground as the interest, and keep it sharp, then throw the background out of focus, but keeping enough there so we know what it is.

You appear to have gone for the middle ground of the two, which is a nice shot, but doesn't have the impact or social comment the sharp or out of focus options would carry.

The towers also look a little anaemic in their colour, was it hazy out tonight?

Matt
06/05/2008 - 8:57 PM

Pipedreams

PipedreamsFrom the forums, it's my turn.

Well done, you've shot a nude model and got many clicks for the (one full) breast you can see.

This idea although not original in the world of photography, it is to this site. The pose looks natural, and well formed, but the lighting here falls a little short of the mark.

I can appreciate that the pipe running down the body is set to mimic the models body, but it's positioning hides detail due to the lighting, making it slightly unbalanced. If this was to be reshot, I'd make sure the lighting covers both breasts to balance it better. In fact, by having the model push the tube slightly higher, this would make it tuck closer to her chin and between the breasts.

Overall the pose is good, the lighting subtle and well worked, as is the processing of this shot, I would certainly like to have this hung on my wall (oh, I have Wink)
06/05/2008 - 8:46 PM

Maria

MariaFrom the forum thread...

The model looks great, she's relaxed as can be seen in her face, she has great eye contact and has a natural smile. Although her pose doesn't convoy this. She looks contorted, her arms are squashing her breasts, and the curvature of her back (see left of photo) looks awkward.

The lighting seems a touch underexposed, and maybe opening up a stop or increasing the lighting would help. I would also be tempted to punch up the lighting on the background or remove it altogether, as it is the background is a dirty grey neither light enough or dark enough to really make the model stand out.

Just a small tweak on the lighting and a little more direction, and I know you're not shy, and this would be an outstanding portrait. I can understand that it's not always easy to do this at a club, others are pushing you for time, messing with the lights, but overall you have a good start towards a fine portrait.
15/04/2008 - 1:34 AM

Village Inn

Village InnThis image looks false to me. Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like it, overall I do...

But, The sky looks overly false, one problem with HDR images if you are not careful. Although, this does look like another sky has been converted to black and white and layered into the shot (I can see a thin strip of blue sky along the roof line, which doesn't fit with the rest of the sky) . Again, the lighting of the main image doesn't match that sky in my opinion. (edit: on closer inspection, I can see some repetition in the sky, which I assume is cloning)

Now, purely on the HDR technique, I assume there is some movement in the shot, either by parts of the subject moving, or the camera moving slightly as there is a blurred effect on fence and trees/bushes.

I would suggest working on the tonemapping, then some additional processing in Photoshop to produce a more realistic result, especially in the sky. For examples, look at KeithH or Ade_Mcfade portfolios.

I hope you take this comment as a fair critique on how to improve the image.
Matt
28/02/2008 - 11:20 PM

Twilight

TwilightThis is a good subject and time of day for HDR, the actual composition works really well with the angle of view.

Did you do any photoshop work on the image after the HDR and tonemapping? The reasoon I ask, is the image looks a little flat overall, which is not a criticism, but many people finish the HDR process and do nothing more. A quick tweak in PS with a curves layer throws so much more depth into the image. Basically, it creates a little more contrast, but keeps the detail the HDR process creates.

Matt
24/10/2007 - 5:17 PM

The Meeting Place bw

The Meeting Place bwThis shot has bags more appeal in the black and white format, thanks for adding the original shot.

The highlights in the clouds look blown to me, but do not distract too much, in fact helps to balance the shot as it is weighted to the left hand side. I personally would have rotated the shot about 0.75 degree anti-clockwise as it does slope slightly and the verticals of the bench accentuate it.

I still like the shot though.

Matt