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Young boys, big dreams!

By Stefan_L
Boys from the fishing village were excited be photographed.

Great young energetic people!

Thanks in advance for your critique...

Tags: Fashion Boy India Wedding and social Kerala Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


Barbaraj 11 450 England
31 May 2008 8:34AM
Well captured grins.

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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
31 May 2008 12:17PM
You might consider cloning out the oof people in the background as they do catch the eye. Also lighten up each face a little then apply a bit more sharpening. See my mod.

NickParry 12 1.0k 79 Wales
31 May 2008 5:25PM
A great capture with good expressions.

I have removed the background in my mod so that the image concentrates on the boys.

I have also done a little dodging and burning to 'lift' the faces and bring them to life.

Also very slightly cropped the image

Did a slight 'Orton effect' to soften in places.

Adjusted saturation, highlights and shadows.

My second mod shows a black and white version, as I think this image would also suit that treatment.

1 Jun 2008 6:57AM
Albert and Nick,

Thank you for your critique and modifications. It offered me the opportunity to learn and am trying to make similar adjustments in Photoshop.


culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2008 5:15PM
Interestintg ... everyone has gone for the option of cloning the OOf people in the background out of the shot ... for me I actually like the addition of them.

Serves to mark this a something a little bit different and maybe adds a touch of that all important context which a good travel shot needs.

At the time of posing these kids I would have tried to move the boy on the left a bit further around to get ssome more even light across the faces and reduce the shadows. That one thing is probably the tweak that would improve the shot the most. The other thing that owuld help is just a touch more depth of field ... remember you can use your depth of field preview button to check how much depth of field you have at any aperture .. give your eyes a little bit of time to adjust if you have time.

The shot also needs a little sharpening too as its just a touch soft at the moment. If you have Photoshop CS2 or CS3 then a good way to do this is to duplicate the layer, set it to luminosity in the layers palette and then run smart sharpen against the new layer. Once this is done use the eraser tool to remove parts of that layer that dont need sharpening .. such as the OOF (out of focus) background.

Then flatten the layer and convert to srgb colour mode for web upload.

One good thing in this shot is how youve got some nice catchlights in the eyes.

Hope that helps.


PS I'd make a couple of tweaks to the sharpness and then post this in the main gallery to see how it does on votes btw ...

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