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05/11/2008 - 3:21 AM

Chris and Becky

Chris and BeckyIt is a bit tight Lee. If I were you I'd gone much tighter to make the "close crop" deliberate and put the subjects a bit off centre. Other than that, you did very well.
19/05/2008 - 12:15 PM

Kelsi

KelsiFirst the noise. I think it came up when you brighten the background. In so doing the face also brighten up and exposed the noise. it also over exposed the highlights. There are ways to avoid this in PS but I think it is better to show you how to avoid the problem during shooting.

To brighten a white background, you will need another light source on it. I personally use another softbox as background.

I can see that the main light source is on her back. i personally like this set-up. But It is best to put fill light from the front to brighten the face. OR you can also use a reflector to bounce some light to her face.

I suspect the sharpness or the lack of it is because of the noise reduction that you did on it. Try and sharpen after you are done with all the PS work. Also try to have a smaller aperture when taking the photo. This will give you more detail.

You dont really need a tripod if you have enough lighting. If I were you I'd master lighting more than anything else. It will solve most problems in photography. If you do this you will have less work on editing.

Version 2

Same problems. Try using a higher ISO setting. Use a reflector to brighten her face. A white cardboard will do. Up the contrast a bit to get some more details when post editing.
15/05/2008 - 6:51 PM

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry BlossomsI agree with you regarding the composition. It is just not quite right. The problem is the piece of tarmac at the front. It goes from the bottom to the right of the image and ending nowhere. It creates havoc in the picture. It leads your eye outside the frame and not to a particular point of interest. There are two many things to see, It is too busy. It would have been better if you concentrated on one tombstone and on a different angle of view.

The tree occupies a very large part of the picture. it makes the viewers eye naturally look for details on it. But it is too far to have details so you tend to think it is out of focus. It also add to the chaotic effect.

The good points, I like the colours and the depth of field. It is focus all the way.

My piece of critique KT. Not sugar coated cause I know you like it better that way.