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A smile is great

By Gedi
A happy looking model, a real joy of a day

Tags: Portraits Fashion General Smiling Portraits and people

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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2011 10:44AM
Could have been nice - model and setting great, but it is very unsharp everywhere. The tree is marginally sharper than her face, but you must ensure focus is on the eyes in such images, and that the camera is not moving.

You give no details, but this looks like both focus error and movement to me. I use a monopod or tripod for most set piece work, but even if this were spontaneous, you must get it sharp.


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Gedi 5 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2011 10:56AM
Paul Thanks for that think the auto focus might have got confused, with the tree, can see it on here hadnt seen before
CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2011 11:02AM
Welcome to the site, Gerald

I agree with Paul that you have missed an opportunity here. Lovely smile and nice composition with the tree but nothing is sharp. It's difficult to work out what might have gone wrong as you have given us so little information to work on. I am not sure what you mean by Canon D series - we get people on the site who use everything from camera phones to top of the range SLRs. So it helps us to tailor our advice if we know what kit you are using and your camera settings - aperture, shutter speed, focal length etc if you are using an SLR.

You will find a community here only too willing to help you get more out of your photography. Enjoy the site!

Best wishes


PS Wrote this before I saw your posting!
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
5 Jan 2011 2:52PM
Hi Gerald, welcome.

A few more comments that may be helpful.

Autofocus doesnt get confused; the camera will flash a red square on the location it has locked focus on, and beep, so you can tell if it isnt where you want it to be.
To make sure though, your camera has a number of focus points, and you can select ONE of those points only to be used. In this case, select one on the left of the viewfinder; then position this point on her eye, then half press, ensure the focus point flashes and beeps while on her eye, and press. You will have a good sharp focus where it needs to be.

Try to avoid situations with direct bright sunshine as in this shot, - better to have diffused light filtered through trees or light cloud, otherwise you end up with blown highlights which can be seen in her hair, and the main focal point, her face, a little underexposed.

White balance, - in this her face appears a little too red, so rather than using auto white balance, try to set it according to the actual light conditions, - you may get a better result. The best results are always obtained if you shoot in RAW, and adjust white balance in post processing. This is further helped if you have a reference, such as a gray card (cheap cardboard item you can buy in a photo shop) in one of the shots which you can use in RAW processing for your while balance reference, as it is neutral.

Last note is that when you re size an image for EPZ, check the new image for sharpness. You will often need to sharpen after you re size.

I have loaded a mod with sharpening, colour balance, crop, and brightened her face a little.

Hope this is helpful,


Gedi 5 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2011 10:21PM
I thank you all for your comments,
I hadnt noticed I also was unaware of what information to place on the page so the comment are of great help and I can see I am going to enjoy myimages being seen , so sorry for not fully understand how to help the comments , I am after a good honest comment and see the points made, so will happily place more images on site, as I am a nutter when it comes to my photography and welcome good comments, so a big thank you and please come back and comment on others I will enjoy place on here, just very concern about copyright It is my problem I now but will do my best to be more polite, by the Logos being left out

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