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Andy Jones Gig

By squelcher  
Taken with High iso & no flash, tweeked in CC
Want to achieve as natural look, no flash

Tags: High iso Reportage No flash Portraits and people

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2015 8:43AM
Hi, it's good to see you back in the Critique Gallery!

The site isn't picking up your Exif, it will probably have been stripped from the file when you saved it for uploading to the web. Could you add it please, either by editing the upload or simply as a comment in this section? This is a type of shot where we really need to know the camera settings!

Also could you upload the original, you can put it under Modifications.

Just looking at this as it stands, it's a nice sharp picture, the shutter speed was fast enough for the job; but I'm seeing high ISO, original image underexposed, lightened in post processing. The result is rather dull and flat, two-dimensional. I think this did need flash!

I'll check back later.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1840 England
4 Mar 2015 10:39AM
This is territory I love working in, and I recognise all the usual problems, and the way that you've over come almost all of them!

Beautifully sharp, and pretty well composed: the poster gives context, and the microphone is not concealing a slight smile. Microphones are the curse of the gig photographer, except for the odd occasion when the singer makes a prop of them - more common in rock than folk.

I've done a mod (using layers! Recently learnt how to do this!), raising contrast and brightness in the face, and then erasing everything else from the modified layer.

If I was working from a RAW file, I might try pulling back the highlights in the poster and light, and possibly the edge of the book, just to reduce the competition with the subject. They need to be there, but slightly less bright would be good.

A fine shot, under what must have been very difficult circumstances, especially with a compact camera, albeit a really nicely specified model.

And I shall look out for Andy Jones...
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2015 4:15PM
This probably serves the purpose but the ISO is very high indeed and the image is breaking up. It is sharp enough but the house is tremendous and the chap is rather dull and flat.

Basically, the lighting is very much against you and in the wrong place. You probably could have done nothing else without extra lighting. Flash would destroy the effect, so difficult but you really needed some light on the figure.

Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 5:39PM
I have had a go at a mod for you. the image seems a bit grainy....most likely the high ISO.
I had a play with the light and shadow, removed some orange and yellow. Added some clarity and then during sharpening I removed some noise, both luminence and colour noise.
With the light behind the man, I think you have done really well.
Oh I also cropped a tiny bit away from the right to remove the slight gap.
squelcher 17 23 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2015 8:08AM
Fefe, like what you've done, looks better than my effort.
squelcher 17 23 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2015 8:15AM
dudler, ISO way up at 10000 I was impressed with what turned out, last time I ever used a high ISO was with some Ilford B&W 3200 way back!
Andy has a facebook page & four self funded albums, the latest is available on iTune "Golden" OR TRY SOUNCLOUD.......
Thanks for the feedback.

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