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my pretty daughter

By Basha
my daughter posing for a pic or two. Im finding it hard to come up with exciting poses for my childrens pics without them looking to set up if that makes sense lol

Tags: Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
9 Jun 2009 1:18PM
Hi Barry,

yes, - I know exactly what you mean!

If you have access to Ephotozine TV on this site, - there a number of really good tutorials and tips on photographing people, - one by Rick Sammon is especially good.

In this shot, - its exposed nicely, though your daughter seems slightly tense.

The beach line behind her head can be avoided by shooting from a slightly lower position thereby having the sky behind her and no line. It also makes it appear slightly crooked?

Try to arrange the pose so theres catch lights in her eyes, - looking at a light source, - or popping the flash on your camera would do it.

Shooting outdoors can be a good idea, - and in this case youve avoided direct sun, which is great, which also avoids squinting!

Try sitting your daughter near a bright window and having more light on one side of her face that another, - can also work well.

Ive loaded a mod with a couple of tweaks.

First is s crop that places her eyes on a third, - I will load a second mod shortly with the third lines superimposed so you see what I mean. Its also an 8X10 format for printing.

Ive sharpened quite a bit, - you need to do this after you re size for EPZ, - compression can cause it to be a little soft.

Ive increased contrast a little using a curves adjustment, - you can also use levels (all Photoshop tweaks btw).

Ive put catch lights in her eyes, - I did this by painting a one pixel white spot, and fading to 30%, - fake, but it gives you the idea what a big difference this makes.

Finally, I rotated it slightly to make the line behind level.

I hope you find this helpful and constructive,



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shorie7 9 23 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2009 3:32PM
The modifications you have explained are fair comment, going along with the rule of thirds to the letter. However, just two things really, we all know that children are fast little blighters, and to get a half decent shot of them at all can be a task just in itself. And secondly, the mod photos i think personally that the hair line on the top is too far up. I feel that if this were to be framed, would result in a cut off head from the original. Maybe the same crop,but just an inch lower perhaps? As regards putting catch lights in the eyes its a very good result. I suppose Barry could consider using fill flash for when the sun is bright, to eliminate those shadows you get under the eyes. This will also produce a natural catchlight in the photo as well. Any help as regards catchlight or fill flash Barry, just drop me a line, as i know your new here.
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
9 Jun 2009 5:35PM
She is a lovely young girl. I only have comments as to the photo in terms of brightness and contrast. The shot seems to be washed out in that it appears flat. The shot itself is fine. I would check you camera settings to make sure that the color adjustment is not set to neutral. Also it appears that you may have been using a higher aperture, maybe F4 as the photo seems to have no depth. If lighting permits consider shooting with an Aperture of F8 or lower. As far as editing I added a mod and explained what I did to enhance the photo. I changed the background as I thought it would further enhance your daughters features but it was not needed. I will let you decide on that.

Zonda 9 303 1
9 Jun 2009 5:46PM
Needed a nice big reflector low on the right. That would have put some light in the face, and solved the catchlight problem.
Basha 9
9 Jun 2009 6:34PM
Thanks guys .
all your comments and help is appreciated please keep them coming.
I will try what you sugest glazzaro and see if helps, if not its photoshop and you know how i think about that shorie7 lol.


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