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21/11/2010 - 8:38 PM

Claire b

Claire bYou haven’t put any detail in terms of what you were trying to achieve though I like the shot. It’s well exposed with good colours. Pose, expression and crop works for me though the entire image looks little out of focus - not sure if this was intentional. If not, you could try playing with the aperture to get part of the image sharp, like the eyes and lips and throwing rest slightly out of focus. Lower / wider aperture depending on the distance between you and the subject will help you get the desired depth of field.

Sorry, if you know this already.

04/11/2010 - 9:11 PM

Intensity 2

Intensity 2Great shot…….previous upload was good but this is much better, I like it. Lighting in this is just right as the previous upload had strong shadows on right side of the face and the nose area. I think you can get away with the shadow on side but around the nose and edge of the lips was just too dark. Another key difference that I spotted, only slightly is the gaze in this one has more confidence, which for me gives this the edge.

I don’t know how to do it and not sure if you do but lighting the iris to bring out the colour of the eyes could really take this image to another level.

25/10/2010 - 12:54 PM

Skipton Woods

Skipton WoodsI agree with Frank (Focus_Man). The main focus point in this image is the waterfall and there is too much bank both sides of the stream and plenty of height. This only distracts the eye and yet you have a lovely line (stream) that leads the eye.

I have upload two different images with slight change to crops…..down to personal taste. Both however, have taken out most of the stream bank and some of the height.

In addition, using Lightroom 3, I gave it some fill light, sharpness and touch of saturation to bring out the colours of foliage and to enhance the water together with the bank on bottom left as this has nice texture.

Hope you find this useful…….either way, feel free to let me know your thoughts on this.

22/10/2010 - 3:15 PM


BewitchingGreat portrait…..all variants are well captured.

The only think I picked that would improve the photo (matter of opinion) is to lighten the model’s eyes. Perhaps you wanted to create this look, but in my opinion I felt the model’s eyes are little dark. I have uploaded a modification with minor changes. I used Lightroom 3 to brighten the eyes by increasing the fill light, slightly more brightness and reduced the exposure without changing the overall exposure level. In addition, slight noise reduction. During the process hair changed to lighter shade of blonde which I think compliments the skin tone.

I am new to all this so opportunities to modify other peoples image is helping me to improve my software skills. I realise lot of this is down to taste but I would be interested to know your thoughts on my mod.

22/10/2010 - 11:49 AM


PureLovely rose, I like the image and naming of it.

Only my opinion, but I think the focus needs to be a bit sharper and removal of two petals on top left corner as I found them distracting, probably because of their colour…..may be due to lack of light but to me they look slightly aged compared to rest of the flower.

19/10/2010 - 12:00 AM

Fall; A Touch of Orange

Fall; A Touch of OrangeNice composition but on my screen the image looks over saturated with some burnout on top right. Is this how you took the image or is this result of post processing?

In shots like this you have few options, use your auto exposure bracketing feature or lock your auto exposure to the brightest area and then adjust the dark area in post processing.

30/09/2010 - 11:49 AM

What are you reading

What are you readingIn my opinion getting the exposure is very important and we must know how and when to control it. In this instance, the subject is the most important aspect, so get it right here and rest of the picture takes care of itself. Little blown highlights are fine providing they are not falling on the model. Model right leg is getting very slight signs of blown highlights but for me this picture would be enhanced if the models face had more light (may be use of reflector) to accentuate the eyes. I think black & white would work well here.

I have uploaded your image with some changes, more light on models face, hair and shoulder, enhanced the colour of the skirt, taken down the blown highlight in the window (only slightly).

Let me know what you think.