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01/05/2013 - 9:46 AM

I choose to be

I choose to beI like the natural feel to this and I find the background curiously suitable in that it has just enough to say "outdoors" which goes with her natural candid look, but is blurred enough not to contain detail which holds your eye. I might have cloned out the bright splodges just to remove what ever detraction that they might cause, but on the whole I like this.
01/05/2013 - 9:38 AM

Lena

LenaI think for me this is just a little harsh and a little tight. her hair tucked in behind her head then flowing down makes a natural diagonal line which, if she had just a little more space around her, could be used as a lead up to her eyes and given the picture a slightly more complete feeling.
Portrait Test for the millionth time!The bright spot on her shoulder could probably be fixed, especially as you shot this in RAW. You could either use what ever RAW converter you use to make a separate version just to bring the light on the shoulder down, and layer it under the normal version, then erase over that shoulder with a large soft brush in Photoshop to allow the darker layer to show through... Or... use the original version and create a duplicate layer, then once again use curves or levels to bring the bottom layer highlights down and blend in with a soft erase brush on the top layer.

Will post a modified version with the shoulder toned down using curves and layers, and some parts of the face tones down just a little.

To me personally the background looks cluttered and distracting, it might have been an idea to close the curtains to give a uniform background without the lines caused by the window frame.

Otherwise every one else has pretty much covered it.

Miles
13/09/2006 - 10:49 AM

My Little Girl

My Little GirlNice natural shot. Expression is good, nice eye contact, good colours and exposure. It's a shame you cut the hair clip on the right off the edge. I think I'd also crop some of the empty space off the top as well. Can't really offer anything on the lighting as I like it, maybe a tiny touch more light in the shadows to the right... but just a tiny bit, which could be done in PS using layers. Might also be tempting to brighten the eyes up just a touch as well, again using layers.