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Baxter

By Dackj
I'm still working on my post production and I know this can be improved but not sure what the right adjustments should be.

Tags: Dog portrait Pets and captive animals Dog animal pet

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4020 Canada
10 Aug 2019 4:32AM
Its quite a nice shot as it is. I would love to know what it is that you feel it needs to improve it, or to make it better in your own eyes?

The eyes are sharp and in focus; the dog is looking at you; the detail is good. Depth is shallow which has the nose a little soft, but being close to the dog, and with a reasonable aperture, it wont get much better.


My own thoughts are that it needs the black level pulled down to pure black ( its not quite solid black, and has a slightly blue colour cast); the eyes are can have a little more light; I would tone down that bright blue patch behind, top left. I would also crop the bottom to exclude the zipper on the cushion.

Ive loaded a mod with this done. However, as I said, - its quite good just as it is.


I see you use Photoscape; you should try Affinity Photo, - its a free trial download, and its fully functional for a week. To purchase it is a one time charge, very reasonable price, no subscription, and its a lot more powerful than Photoscape.


Regards



Willie

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dudler Plus
16 895 1504 England
10 Aug 2019 11:22AM
I think Willie's covered it: work on the white balance, and on tones.

It's pretty good as it stands: but it's always worth looking at whites/blacks, colour, and crop in editing. With many subjects, though not htis one, making sure the horizon is level is an absolute basic.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2085 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2019 5:32PM
Baxter is relaxed and resting, Dack, giving you the perfect opportunity for a close shot.
You have carefully focused on the eyes, letting the nose blur, because it's closer to your lens.
If you would like the nose to also be in focus, you could take a side shot, a profile, and then most of the facial features will be in the same focal plane, or nearabouts. It's still the eye that needs to be focused on, though.

You ask about post processing. I wonder if this is cropped, or if you deliberately went in close and cut off the ears. Just because it's a portrait doesn't mean you have to use portrait format. With landscape format, the ear would be included. Even so, having cut them off, you could go further and cut off some of the top of Baxter's head, effectively removing the blue background that is showing. This extra cut-off makes it all look deliberate, and not a mistake. Willie has removed the zip, and that looks even better.

Baxter's nose is a little blue, so the image would benefit from some work on the white balance in post processing.

Have you applied any extra sharpening to the eyes at all? They do look extremely sharp. Or, you may have your camera set to sharpen a bit too much?

Well done for getting down to your dog's eye level. That engages the viewer. It makes for a much more dynamic and interesting shot.

HERE is an EPZ tutorial that you might find interesting reading.

Pamela.

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