My Images Lack Punch

JohnDakin 11 33
20 Feb 2009 11:14AM
Ive recently bought a Canon 450d together with many different types of lenses, I would be grateful if someone could take a look at the picture of my daughter Anna in my portfolio and advise why it looks flat and lifeless, this was taken with interfit 2300k lighting setup, Canon 450d, no flash, 1/30s - f11 - 0.00ev - iso 800 - AV mode, the only way i can seem to make my images look really good is if I tart them up in Photoshop, any advise please as this is getting frustrating

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dougv 16 8.4k 3 England
20 Feb 2009 11:27AM
Have you had a look in the FAQ's John?
This has been asked quite a few times before.
andytvcams 17 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 11:34AM
Hi John.
You would be better off if you put the above info in your photo description and then resubmit to the Critique Gallery.

You will stand more chance of getting an answer to your question's.
Maddie 14 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 11:57AM
Hi John,

Couple of things strike me, first is your exposure because you chose AV Mode and F11, you ended up with a very slow shutter speed which is bound to effect sharpness and then your lighting is very flat. There is nothing wrong with the histogram on your photo it's just that your lighting set up is all encompassing and as such you end up with a tonally flat image. I would also forget F11 and go for the classic f5.6 and nail the focus on the eyes.
I would suggest getting a little more creative with your lighting. Try using one light and experimenting with light and shadow - it's not necessary for us to see the subject in full, try angling the light to give tonal changes across the face.

Another point is your colour correction. I'm guessing the background was white or close to white, yours is blue, in fact the whole image has a slight blue tone to it. By opening a levels layer mask in PS and taking the white dropper and clicking on the background, you immediately end up with a better photo in terms of colour correction and it even lifts the punch.

Hope this is more helpful and I'll also post this into your gallery image.

Maddie Smile

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