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A Friends Daughter

By andykay1967  

Tags: General Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 11:20PM
You've captured a beatiful, happy expression here Andy, and with some great natural light.
The white of the window light distracts the eye from the face, so after rotating the canvas,
I cropped in tighter, and in doing so left the light on her hair, and removed the window.
This may be avoided by shooting from a slightly higher angle, so that the window is out of frame.
I also felt that the skin tones would be enhanced by making a curves adjustment to add more brightness.

Hope this helps.

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Jolemery 10 13 United States
19 Feb 2011 3:47AM
I love the photo! Nice expression and lighting. Job well done!
19 Feb 2011 5:20AM
Lovely image, capturing youth, beauty, happiness... you got it all.
I wouldn't touch a thing.

Grampy 8 507 71 England
19 Feb 2011 1:13PM
A lovely shot , lacking I feel in a lack of life in the eyes, you could have reflected a little light back in her face while shooting or as I have done used a mask in photoshop to achieve more lively eyes and lighter teeth. The rest I would leave alone , I should think that her parents are very happy with it.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
19 Feb 2011 5:47PM
This is a gorgeous shot, great use of a shallow dof, and a beautiful natural pose.

Shooting into the window, it would have been a good idea to increase your exposure to brighten her face, - but its easily sorted out post processing; the reflection of the colour of the bed cover is affecting her skin tone to some extent, - also easily dealt with. As it looks like a long shot, lacking height - i.e. if you went to have it printed and framed, it would need to be cropped and lose a lot of whats there, I have loaded a mod with the height increased, which allows for a 10 X 8 print with no subject loss, and while I increased the height I used the opportunity to straighten the window ledge only.

I have loaded 2 mods, the second with a diffuse glow to make the scene appear more dreamy. I have also attempted to make the eyes a little more lively, using a different approach than Grampy. It appeared to me that the pupils were washed out by reflections, so I focused on repairing this aspect.

I hope firstly that your model likes the mods, and secondly you will print this shot as modified, just because its a wonderful memory of a time of innocence.


glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
19 Feb 2011 7:03PM
I like how the Sun comes through and enhances her childish demeanor. This is a very warm shot and does bring a smile to ones face.

Editing Tips:

1. Consider replacing the hair where the sun light bleached out the detail.
2. Consider selecting the burnt areas on the shoulders and replace with healthy skin, blend it in.
3. Adjust the level, and bring up the brightness

Camera Tips:

1. Consider using flash to offset the brightness from the sun
2. Consider adjusting exposure against brightest spot on the skin, shoulders might have served this purpose
3. Consider adjusting ISO if permitted to 100 or below

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2011 5:04PM
Well, we have all these comments - most of which have not mentioned the burnt out areas which are the largest part of the image.

The basic shot is super - attractive young girl in a relaxed happy pose. Your exposure on the face is spot on, but the highlights are much, much too insistent.

Interestingly, most of the mods address this very fact!

You need to get the expose right for the highlights, then with flash fill or a reflector, balance the light back into the face. Even a large top and bottom crop does not remove all burnt out areas, but does improve.

22 Feb 2011 7:29PM
Thanks for all you comments and for taking the time to review and respond. Much appreciated.

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