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Charlotte

By EKMitchell
This is my first upload in over a year due to being so busy with college. Thankfully in my time away I have improved my photography as I'm studying it at A2, I'm still a complete amateur who hasn't a clue on most things but at least my Photoshop skills are a tad better than what they used to be.

I didn't originally intend on taking this shot of Charlotte today; I was supposed to be doing simple headshots! But I couldn't resist having a rummage in the prop cupboard and consequently found this long piece of scrap fabric. I wrapped it around her to make a scruffy dress/sari and put my necklace I was wearing at the time on her head. To take the photo I stood by the side with a wireless shutter remote, throwing the fabric into the air before releasing the shutter, as a result of this "hit or miss" method I got many good photos, a lot more bad photos, and a few great ones; this was one of the few I'm proud of Grin

Thank you for any votes, comments, views, or positive thoughts you have towards my image; and a bigger thank you to any advice or constructive criticism you may have for me so that I can get better at this. I'm only a student after all so I'll always be grateful for any wisdom from other photographers willing to help me learn and improve Smile

Tags: Digitally manipulated Fabric Portraits and people

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Comments


11 Jan 2016 10:04PM
Hi Eloise,
I think you have done a great job in capturing the "moment" with the material. I like the shape it has created.

Tim

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Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2016 11:04PM
Fabulous outfit from a piece of material and nice touch with headdress accessory.
the only quibble I have is the background had a pinkish tone - perhaps it was intentional
or maybe you boosted the reds - you could process again making sure b/g is white in levels
then if boosting the reds use a mask and erase any pinks which emerge.
the skin tones are all important as you know.
Perhaps best to refer to Critique Team who will give lots of advice.
KateGrin
Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2016 11:16PM
I've done a mod for you and even just clicking the bottom dagger in levels in Photoshop or elements makes the background a lot whiter.
Good luck with your course.
Kate Grin
12 Jan 2016 6:17PM
Thank you for the good comments and advice, the pink background wasn't intentional, I was trying to get the colour of the fabric to look the shade of red it is in the photo but didn't know how to do that without affecting the background, I'm going to open Photoshop in a moment and try out what you've told me. Your modification is exactly what I was aiming for but couldn't achieve so thank you so much for your help! Grin

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