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a quick snapshot of my daughter just before we went to a family meal,

Camera:Nikon D40X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:jessica
Username:pjplant pjplant
Uploaded:24 Mar 2009 - 12:42 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Portraits / people
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John_Frid
John_Frid  8514 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 1:12 PM

The thing with snapshots is that you often gain "the moment" at the expense of perfect composition and exposure.

When considering a snapshot in terms of overall excellence, sometimes the moment is strong enough to overcome other shortfalls, othertimes it is not. However, you have described it as a snapshot and it should perhaps be judged as such.

I don't know what post processing you have done, but assuming that it is minimal then I think this is pretty good. The composition is nice and tight, the exposure is good, the aperture has diffused the background whilst leaving the eyes nicely sharp.

Although your daughter isn't looking towards the camera, you have managed to capture the eyes nicely. The colours are a bit muted, but I have no reason to think they aren't accurate.

As snapshots go I think this is rather naice.

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nickhawk
nickhawk  7 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 4:51 PM

As above, I think its a great snapshot and should take pride of place in the family album. Technically it is also very good, although I am not sure that the eyes are the primary area of focus, which they should be in any portrait. Anyhow, I would be proud if this was my photo.

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pjplant
pjplant  5 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 - 5:04 PM

thanks john and nickhawk for your comments i agree that the colours could be boosted, i have only had my dslr for a year and so to say i am very much a beginer

Last Modified By pjplant at 24 Mar 2009 - 5:04 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 8:35 PM

Welcome to EPZ Peter.

Its a lovely intimate shot, - great candid.

It can benefit from some more contrast, and some tweaking of the overall colour balance which Ive done in the mod. I found her skin colour needed a little more warmth.

Remember to sharpen also after you re size, - the image can lose some detail in compression.

She has a nice expressions also, and Ive used the shadow tool in CS3 to lift the eye detail a tad.


Hope you find this helpful,


Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 24 Mar 2009 - 8:39 PM

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 11:32 PM

A beautiful young lady. The shot seems a bit soft on color and contrast. Maybe caused by the lighting used during the shoot. consider dropping the exposure a stop or two. Also adjusting White Balance can help, for example setting the WB to Daylight or Shade. Also some camera provide the ability to set the photo saturation levels, neutral and vivid come to mind. Consider using the vivid image to gather more color and contrast out of the camera.

Post editing consider the following:

1. Increased saturation
2. Adjust levels, darken shot slightly
3. Adjust brightness and contrast

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iyunk_cruise
27 Mar 2009 - 2:54 AM

hope you like it, i enclose the 4rh modification for u

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