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The Player

By alexandral  
working on my sport/action shots,
it's nice to shoot things either then hockey once in a while.
anyway's this is my younger cousin playing one of his season games.

Tags: General Portraits and people Sports and action

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Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2012 12:56AM
Good effort to isolate the subject. It is underexposed though...his shirt appears blue-grey, whereas I'm guessing it should be white? If you address this and lighten it, the colour balance will come back as well (very blue ATM).

Then all you need to do is trim the edges left, right and top and get rid of the intrusions (half bodies and roofline with the white blob).


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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3528 Canada
17 Oct 2012 3:27AM
Ive uploaded a mod as Nick suggested. If you are familiar with Photoshop, heres a link about how to do it:

Scroll up the page to the Modifications tab.

Its a nice shot, - like the way hes looking one way and walking the other.


Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
17 Oct 2012 3:35AM
Hi Alexandra,

This is great attempt at picking out and isolating a player from the field but the image has several issues as mentioned by Nick above. There is an definately an overall blue cast to the image and this is probably due to the white balance not being correct. Also the image is underexposed and the image is a little flat (lacks contrast) Compositionally the subject is looking out of the image which is sort of a no no so a bit more space around them would be better so you can get them on the right hand third and looking into the image. The two people in the background and the boundary fence are also causing some distractions and probably shouldn't be there. One other thing is the top of the building right at the top of the image, this causes a distraction once you see it because it is lighter than other colours around it and attracts peoples eye to it.

I would suggest cropping in to this image and clone out the person on the left side. I have uploaded a mod where I have cropped the top and right sides off the image, altered the white balance and lightened the shadows using Adobe Camera RAW. I then opened up into Photoshop CS5 and cloned out the fence and person in the bottom left. I then added some canvas and created more image on the left using the content aware fill. I adjusted the levels to get the whites white, added a little colour and then sharpened.

If you are unsure about any of this software, send me a personal message and I'll explain it more for you.

I hope it helps you.

KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
17 Oct 2012 7:13AM
You've had some brilliant advice above, nothing I can add! Smile

You have caught your cousin well though, a little tidying up would improve the image. Smile

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