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Friend's daughter

By milligan1  
I realise the crop is wrong. Her hair covers part of one eye. BUT I'd like to know what people think of this type of cropping abd a general critique of this picture.

Tags: Portraits and people

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 3:14PM
Well you have used self-critique. I don't like the crop as it is too drastic. I also believe the horizontal crop so popular these days is fine for stock shots as it permits text to be added which can be of use to purchasers of images.

I mean here you have a super portrait of a pleasing young lady and you go and crop off her chin of all things. EXIF is fine as your BG is dark you are able to stop one down. I don't m ind too much her hair falling over her eye as her head is at an angle that will cause that. Good eye contacta s well, well done.


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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 3:57PM
Nothing wrong with the crop as far as I'm concerned. This is where things are subjective. I often pull in really close to faces cropping top in particular and using landscape format. I do think you are slightly over lit. The image needs to be a little darker. There are two catchlights in the eyes, a spot and a square one. I think I would clone out the square ones.

One catchlight is natural, two or more say, studio. Nice strong image over all.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
21 Jan 2013 4:47PM
For me the crop is fine John, though in the mods Ive cropped a little tighter, removing space from the left for a 10 X 8 aspect ratio.

Paul is right about exposure, - slightly over bright in a few areas, though not bad. What I do find needs some attention is the colour tone. The image has a strong yellow cast that can be addressed. Its aparent in the pearls, which should be white. If you used a gold reflector, this is normal, however, Im assuming you didnt.

Removing the square catchlight makes a difference also, and is easily done with cloning.

Ive uploaded 2 mods. First is cropped, catchlights reduced to one, exposure altered, colour balance altered, and slightly sharpened; the second has a diffuse glow applied for a softer look.

Hope this is helpful,



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