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Sunshine Amy!

By HelenO  
My niece Amy has just come back from a two week holdiay and is looking lovely and healthy!

I love Amy when her freckles come out (she hates it! LOL)

This is rather a test snap shot really. I have a new canon 70-200mm lens and have been trying it out today. I also brought a book by Annabel Williams which advises trying portraits in doorways. this is the doorway of Amy's house and I must admit I really like how the light turned out!

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Chrism8 10 824 16 England
12 Jul 2008 6:42PM
Excellent Portrait Janey, Good eye contact and a relaxed model.


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Simon_Whitehouse 12 769 5 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 6:45PM
The eyes are shot on but I agree with Amy about the freckles. Copy your background layer then add gaussian blur between 3 & 6 radius. Knock the oppacity of layer 1 down to around 50% (so the freckles don't show). Use the eraser at 100% to paint detail back into the eyes, lips, hair, clothes etc anythingthing but the skin and background.

I tend to use the erasure on the following settings but it is image dependant;
Eyebrows = 100%.
Eyes = 95%
Lips = 75%
Hair = Between 70 & 60%.
Clothes = 55%.
Skin other than the face = 48%.

Hope this helps.

sketch 9 1.5k United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 6:45PM
You really are getting the hang of that lens Janey, another love shot

sarah x
HelenO 10 46 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 6:47PM

Quote:The eyes are shot on but I agree with Amy about the freckles.

Thanks Si! But I really, really like her freckles! I have spent years softening them out for her, but no more! I LOVE em! LOL Cheers J x
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 6:52PM
I would be interested to know why it is good to use a doorway ????
This is really beautiful, and have to agree the freckles must stay Smile
HelenO 10 46 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 6:55PM

Quote:I would be interested to know why it is good to use a doorway ????
Well apparently the cover of the door sheilds the harsh lighting and gives a nice soft result. I have to say a did a few shots out and in and the doorway ones produced such a lovely light!

I will definately be using this tip again! J x

Simon_Whitehouse 12 769 5 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 7:04PM
Fair play Janey, go with what YOU like.

imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 7:04PM
thankyou for that, I will give it a try ..
cheers Ian
12 Jul 2008 7:05PM
Yet another superb portrait shot. I agree with you - keep the freckles.
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
12 Jul 2008 7:27PM
1st class portrait, shes a very pretty girl with lovely freckles and killer eyes
Stace x
12 Jul 2008 7:38PM
great shot
Dee73 8 England
12 Jul 2008 7:57PM
stunning portrait, love the doorway idea, its worked a treat.

malum 12 622 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 8:30PM
I like the freckles too, indeed I've really brought them out in my mod.
Nice shot
HelenO 10 46 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 8:31PM
Thanks for all the mods guys...definately food for though! Smile J xx
blackbird 10 159 15 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 11:01PM
Another mod for you......
I reduced the red tones and cropped just a little to enhance the blue of her eyes
A lovely portrait and a beautiful lass
julesm Plus
12 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 11:29AM
Glad youve discovered the doorway technique. I use it all the time for client shoots. The key is to simply meter of the face and the exposure will generally fall into place with these images.

I would say that the composition could do with tweaking a little though. I would have givin it a bit of an angle and certainly got her to tilt her head so her face wastn flat to the camera. The crop seems to leave a blank space at the top which draws my eyes to her foot sticking out of her head. A touch of vignette could finish it off...
Just some thoughts and hope you keep using this technique...

HelenO 10 46 1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 11:39AM
Thank you very much for the excellent advice and comments. J x
13 Jul 2008 3:35PM

John Smile
MarkT 12 119 2 England
13 Jul 2008 6:43PM
Great capture Janey.

Freckles are a sign of beauty so my Auntie used to tell me - certainly true with this model Smile

Phantom7 10 29 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 9:29PM
Hello Yummy Mummy.

Great shot.

Can you teach me lol .I havn't a clue when it comes to portraits.

Macro and Aircraft thats me lol.

Keep the freckles.i have them and im a bloke lol.

JulieTinton 11 39 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2008 10:36AM
I too have this lens, it's great isn't it and I'm also a 'doorway fan', a top tip from Annabel I picked up!! It just works!

Lovely portrait, lighting is perfect!

Mjhearne 9 432 4 Scotland
15 Jul 2008 12:22PM
I dont know why on earth you would want to remover the freckles!
My mum told me they are angel kisses! I got kissed alot!

She is a beautiful young girl, and this is a great portrait!!

Matthew x

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