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In the right place at the right time

By Adrianhalliday
This photograph is a picture of my little sister who is nearly four and is quite exited and you can tell because it is nearly her birthday the iso on this photo is so high because I was in a very dark place is their a way to reduce the grain by any chance? Thank You
Shutter speed-200
Focal length-28

Tags: Close-up and macro Sisterly love

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2228 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2018 5:54PM
A really delightful portrait, natural, joyful, beautifully timed, well focused.

The light was dodgy, you used quite a wide angle which helps with light-gathering, that creates some distortion in the face. But it does give an up-close-and-personal feel. I'm not good at dealing with colour noise, but someone will come along with advice there!

My only suggestion would be to try cropping a slice off the top, to place the eyes at around 1/3 down the frame. That places them on the viewer's eye level, it makes for a sense of direct communication.

And again, cut down on the frame. It's a bit overpowering on a small screen.


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25 Sep 2018 6:20PM
please see mod.4
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
25 Sep 2018 6:21PM
Nicely timed shot. One thing we dont know here is which MODE you used for the shot? Manual, Av, Tv, etc, - let us know.

With an older camera, you will find that noise occurs at around ISO 800 and up, so one approach is to shoot at a lower ISO. You could have chosen ISO 400 here, and slowed the shutter speed, and opened the aperture wide. This would reduce the noise level to start with.

A well exposed shot contains less visible noise that one thats underexposed, and this is underexposed a little.

You can indeed reduce noise, - its always at the expense of fine detail as noise reduction is simply smoothing, but in this case here, it works well. Ive reduced noise as much as I could in both images. If an image is very noisy, try mono, - it can work well.

Take note of Moiras point about placement of her eye, - it will look better on a third intersection; I have cropped the image and added empty space on the right to achieve this.

Again, as before, for critique, less frame = larger image.


Robert51 11 7 101 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2018 7:57PM
As Willie said the real problem is the lost of detail.

I started playing and trying some various ways that are simple. What I came up with that I feel works well without the loss of skin detail.
Done in PS: -
Open image and duplicate layer. now click on move tool and using the keyboard arrow keys. Move the top layer one press down and one to the right. Now change blend to "lighter color". Now use a layer mask and paint over the eyes, nose and mouth. This stops the blur in these detailed parts. Thats it.
I also sharpened the image a little.

I have posted the results that I feel still keeps the detail of the pores of the skin.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1664 England
25 Sep 2018 9:36PM
A high-key look works nicely, as in the mods.

And one way to approach things is to embrace the noise: make it a feature of the picture. See THIS for more detail.

And a really good grainy portrait is a beautiful thing.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 675 England
25 Sep 2018 9:47PM
It's a wonderful moment you've captured. It's sharp too, which is good as it's not an easy shot by any means and something where you're likely to have a lower successful hit rate.
So let's be able to appreciate the image with a smaller frane. As I said before, that presentation would be ok for a wall.

Noise is there but it's not intrusive. Do you have noise reduction enabled on your camera if it has it? What software do you use? If you shoot RAW you have more control over noise during conversion. You should have Canon's Digital Photo Professional on a disc that came with the camera. That should help, especially if you download the most recent version. It should cope with jpgs effectively too.
You could also consider softening the image slightly to, using Layers so you leave the eyes sharp.

KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
26 Sep 2018 7:04AM
This is a brilliant photo, you've captured the moment brilliantly! Everyone has given you some brilliant critique/advice and the 'mods' are brilliant too!

You have to be really careful when processing a person, too much and they can start looking artificial and doll-like - nobody is perfectly smooth and wrinkle free!

I'm afraid I do agree with the comments about the frame............less is better! Smile

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