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My nan and grandad

an attempt at portraiture photography .
A little bit out of my comfort zone but i dont think its that bad or is it? any comments relay welcome truth please folks! might be able to sell this one!!! done a few shots at a friends childs christening last weekend, i did actually take it a bit serious tried to get a few nice shots for them.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
15 Oct 2012 9:49PM
You may well sell it if the buyer likes it, but it can be a lot better.

Theres way too much blurring on the grandparents; they are much too dark in tone compared to the boy; its an odd tone, - not mono?

I have loaded a mod, its a square crop with the man and woman about the same tone/brightness as the boy.

Hope this gives you an idea what Im suggesting.



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STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
15 Oct 2012 10:30PM
thanks willie like the mod see what you mean can i sell that one!! joking! and by the way its a girl!

thanks for taking time to comment willie i didn't do much to the original shot not to use to working with mono i didnt even use ps just a bit of processing in google picasa converted to bw and applied soft blur as we say a quick fix ill upload the color version for comparison your views on that would be welcome.
STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
15 Oct 2012 10:40PM
iv uploaded the original willie maybe i should have used ps to process it to mono? but im not to sure of the steps do i convert to greyscale ? is that the way to go?
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2012 9:56AM
Quite a nice shot. If I take pics at functions where I am invited as a friend, I always give the pictures away free, it seems odd to me to charge friends! Willie's mod really brings this to life.

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2012 10:45AM
Nice idea but you need some work. The blurring is not a good idea as it is very distracting. I normally prefer colour for such images but mono does work well here. However, your conversion is a bit dark with compressed tones. Lighten things up a bit and add a touch of contrast, then crop in tighter to the baby with less of grand parents heads, just faces.

You can often sell shots that are not technically great because the average punter looks at content, not quality. It is very likely that your poor quality images will be better than the ones they take if you see what I mean. However, that is no excuse. Nearly there with this one, just brush up on the technique.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2012 12:23PM
Paul made the point well. I just said to my wife 'what do you think to this photo'?
She said "its lovely, just beautiful".
My wife takes lot of photos, often artistic, interesting and great captures, nearly always they would be slated photographically in this gallery.
For me its ok. I don't like the thumb near the babies chin.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
16 Oct 2012 1:59PM
If using Photoshop, the best way to convert to mono is to use the Channel Mixer. Its gives you a lot of control over the finished product. Its a better approach that simply converting to greyscale, which provides no control over how it will look.

Ive modified your original, which is nice, with the channel mixer, and also worked a little on contrast. I missed that pink dress in the mono!


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