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25/10/2012 - 12:36 PM

Andreea

AndreeaNow, I kind of like this shot. The subject is absolutely stunning. Even though the flash striking the white t-shirt distracts, the face and hair concentrate the entire attention. I also like the cardigan's details, but there is a problem. The road fades away as it should, yet the very strong contrast between background and foreground spoil the image. The photographer's comments make it clear she sensed that. This problem leads to some kind of artificiality. Even the subject's hand on the back of the neck seems artificial. There is also a distracting detail showing on the right side of the subject, from the arm to the belt.
Why the overall problem? I think it occurs because the intensity of the flash sculpts too much, and also because of the artificial position taken by the model. A remedy? It is possible to crop out as much as possible of the road, and to cut just above the subject's belt. This eliminates much of the problem. If you do this, you should also soften the skin colour of the forehand, otherwise it draws too much attention away from the face. Also, adding a little more hair detail on top of the head might help. You have the eye and a good sense. Happy photography, Daniela.
23/10/2012 - 5:16 PM

Alanna

AlannaCould become a great portrait with a few changes. As it stands, it is too posterized, thus creating very strong details and making the skin and clothing appear unatural. Flash photography is not easy if not controlled. Here, the flash catches the hair and creates a shadow in the chin region. Yet, it appears that hair, eyes and the child's expression are key features. Cleaning up the shadow with the clone tool in PS is simple. Leave out the ornamentation, no special effects. On the other hand, you must tone down the overall brightness. Hair sharpeness is just fine. Eventually, you will have an excellent portrait of your daughter. Good luck.
21/10/2012 - 4:37 PM

"Here's looking at you"

"Here's looking at you"There is indeed something very appealing in this portrait. I like the way you have captured skin and cloth, and particularly the model's expression. Overall, I'd say you are showing the softness inherent in the portrait as against the intensity of the model's eyes and gaze. This being the case, I wonder if a little more detail in the hair region would help clean up this shot. What do you think?
06/10/2012 - 10:35 AM

Holly

HollyProfessional studio lights, to be sure. The excellence of the shot, that is how light sculptures the model, is marred by what I deem an unnecessary accent on the model's head particularly in the ear and hair region. The elbow on the left also needs some slight retouching. In short, less light and a slight retouching might have corrected the flaws. Otherwise, the shot is classical and deserves praise.