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10/03/2012 - 7:04 PM

Godfather

GodfatherVery nice work Prabh, 2 excellent portraits that work so well in mono. I have offered a mod with a crop to provide more of a diagonal composition. Also toned down the highlights in the jacket.
Not sure it is any better but I thought it worth a try.
Great mod by Martin by the way.
Phil
07/03/2012 - 9:24 PM

The Actress

The ActressMario, you have the basis of a lovely portrait here and I think it would be very worthwhile revisiting your original image. The oversharpening is very apparent though. For portraits I sharpen after resizing but mask out the skin so that it stays smooth. Using high pass filter has a similar effect.
I have offered a mod with a slight increase in exposure, some cropped from the top to place the eyes closer to a third and then cleaned up the skin.
I hope you approve.
Phil
09/02/2012 - 10:20 PM

In the name of the father

In the name of the fatherI think this is excellent overall. I hate cigs but it works really well here and the wisp of smoke is a great touch. My only niggle is the hood coming down over her left eye in a straight vertical line; it just doesn't seem quite right to me.
Phil
18/10/2011 - 7:22 PM

Her look

Her lookHi Sergey, this is a nice portrait with a lovely smile. Compositionally I feel there is too much space at the top and I think I would lose whatever is intruding on the rhs. Finally I feel the shot is a bit underexposed. I have attempted to address these issues in the mod though I am still not happy with the crop.
Hope this helps.
Phil
29/08/2011 - 9:07 AM

QB RUn

QB RUnHi Paul, the first thing that struck me with this shot was that it looked squashed so I agree with Willie there. You have filled the frame really well with the player making a strong composition but the shutter speed is much too slow causing the blur.
I am by no means a sports photographer but I have spent quite a bit of time shooting at football galas through the summer. This has given me the opportunity to play with different settings and find out what works best for me. I ended up favouring aperture priority as I nearly always wanted to be wide open to isolate the action. I would then adjust ISO to give a shutter speed of 1/500s: I found this was fast enough to freeze action but would often leave feet and the ball blurred giving the shot more dynamism. I later discovered I can set ISO in auto to achieve a minimum shutter speed so that it constantly changes ISO to maintain my desired 1/500s. I don't know if your canon can do this but certainly worth trying if it does.
Good look with the new lens and I expect to see some great results at f/2.8Wink
Phil
14/08/2011 - 4:02 PM

Laura 6

Laura 6A very nice portrait indeed but, as Paul says, it is under exposed. I have adjusted exposure in my mod and applied some sharpening as I felt the eyes were a little soft.
Good use of wide aperture though I'm sure it won't be to everyone's taste.
Phil
12/08/2011 - 6:41 AM

Little Leo

Little LeoI would probably have liked a bit more dof by using f/2.8 or f/4 but I appreciate you were struggling for shutter speed and already at a highish iso. Having said that it is well focused and I really like it. Great portrait making brilliant use of natural light.
Phil
09/08/2011 - 8:44 AM

Grooving to the Bass

Grooving to the BassRichard, I love the backdrop, lighting is spot on and the pink jacket works really well again. Her neck just doesn't quite look right or perhaps it's just me.
Phil
08/08/2011 - 8:52 AM

Louise

LouiseThis is a very good portrait but the blurring done in processing is a little too obvious. With a bit more care you could make it better but I agree with the others that using a wide aperture is the way forward although you have explained why. What about getting a 50mm f/1.8: these are very cheap and would achieve the desired result used wide open or stopped down a little.
Would be interesting to see your original shot actually.
This is a lovely model so I hope we get to see more of her.
Phil
07/06/2011 - 12:04 PM

Alex MacDowall at Druids

Alex MacDowall at DruidsThis is really good as I think you have captured the speed of the car well. I would just crop some from the bottom to lose the srtip of grass. You could consider leaving a bit more space in front for the car to move into.
Welcome to epz btw and a great start.
Phil
29/03/2011 - 7:08 AM

The Matriarch

The MatriarchHi Prabh, V1 is certainly striking but I feel you may have got a bit giddy with the sliders in Silver Efex. Wink
The shot overall is not under exposed but she does need more light on her face. I wonder if fill in flash may have helped?
I have had a go at rectifying this in my mod and converted to mono using the channel mixers.
A good candid of a great looking character.
Phl
09/03/2011 - 9:22 AM

Wooden copycat

Wooden copycatThis is nicely set up, composed and executed. Maybe try adding textured layers to enhance it further and possibly tone down the highlights.
A great effort though, hope to see more.
Phil
26/02/2011 - 8:25 AM

Door knocker No2

Door knocker No2The door knocker is quite lovely but unfortunately it appears out of focus. Not sure why but you could try increasing the ISO for a faster shutter speed. The image is also a fair bit under exposed. If you look at the histogram, without the border and logo, it falls well short of the rhs. Dragging the slider in to meet the edge of the histogram resets the white point thus making the image brighter and adding contrast.
I hope this helps.
Phil
25/02/2011 - 10:22 PM

Just a Portrait

Just a PortraitA very nice portrait Prabh and mono was definitely the way to go. Thanks for uploading the original as it gives me something to play with.Grin
I felt the original was a little warm and the face under exposed so I have tried to amend in my mod. I converted to mono using the channel mixer, cropped to 10 X 8 and sharpened.
I hope the mod provides a decent alternative.
Phil
24/02/2011 - 8:21 AM

Dec 2

Dec 2It's certainly a lovely shot of the lad with a nice pose and cheeky little smile. Compositionally I agree with Frank's comment: cropping the lhs places him more on a third with his body facing into the image. The shot appears under exposed and I feel it benefits from more light via a levels adjustment.
You already have some good mods but I have offered mine anyway with a slightly different crop.
I hope you find this constructive and the mod is to your liking.
Phil
24/02/2011 - 7:43 AM

You name it

You name itI love the composition and subject here but it is rather under exposed and lacking in contrast. I have therefore offered a mod in an effort to correct these issues. I feel this would be better taken with some strong light from the side to really bring out the textures.
One other small point: if you do feel the need to display your logo it ought to be more subtle as it is too bright and distracting at present. In the mod I toned it down somewhat to give you an idea.
I hope this helps in some way.
Phil
22/02/2011 - 9:20 PM

Mel

MelI totally agree with Michael's comments and his mod is a good improvement. I have, however, offered my own interpretations: the first mod is cropped to lose the black in the bottom right and then diffuse glow applied; for the second mod I applied a curves adjustment to brighten her face further.
A lovely portrait of a beautiful woman nonetheless.
Phil
16/02/2011 - 7:00 PM

Memetik buak karsen

Memetik buak karsenWith a few tweaks this is a delightful shot of a gorgeous little girl. You have caught the moment well with a great expression and I just love the hat. The girl is a little central so a crop to the right places her on a third whilst leaving room on the left for her to look into. The blown sky doesn't bother me but it has left the girl looking under exposed so a bit of flash would have helped here.
In my mod I addressed this with a curves adjustment and I do hope you see this as an improvement.
Phil
15/02/2011 - 2:19 PM

My Hero

My HeroI like this Paul and I am impressed with the performance at ISO 3200 (this is better quality than I get at 800 so some serious camera envy on my partSad).
The shot seems to be pushing the dynamic range of your kit so this is one where shooting in RAW may have yielded a slightly better result?
I love the expression and gaze but I do find the object bottom left a bit distracting.
I have done a simple mod with some noise removal. This made the guy's face too smooth so I painted some grain back in with a layer mask.
Nobody else seems to be commenting Paul so I hope this is useful.
Phil
15/02/2011 - 8:04 AM

Julie and Beckie

Julie and BeckieI think this is really nice and I can see why they would like it. The lighting is quite harsh resulting in blown highlights but I can't offer any advice on the lighting as I have never done studio work. In any case I think Miptog has offered some great advice in that respect.
What I have done is offered a mod to tone down the highlights and lift the shadows to try and even out the lighting on the 2 ladies. If you shot this in RAW you may be able to recover more highlight detail.
Good stuff though and I look forward to seeing more of your studio work.
Phil