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fudgy 7 48 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2011 9:51AM
lovely portrait

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Grampy 8 507 71 England
30 Jan 2011 11:19AM
Well I'm sure you are wanting more than the critic above !!
Basically the picture is sharp and well exposed but is lacking totally in light and atmosphere, try the next time if you have no lights taking her next to a window with daylight falling on half her facethen fill in with anything white on the other, this will give some shape and moulding to her face, also it's a little hard , if you have a retouching program you can soften it a bit or if not a fine black nylon stocking will do the trick, I also sujest that you study the better portraits on this site and take note of the poses this is everything in portraiture . Also try to capture the personality of your subject , this takes time and it would seem you have just asked your subject to stand against a wall and quickly taken the shot with little thought to pose.
I hope you don't think this too harsh but that is what the critic section is about.
All the best.
Phillip Smile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2011 11:34AM
Hello Andy, as promised Your mods..
V1 I have cropped, used some contast to lighten and given a softer look to the portrait.
V2 went off to Portrait Professional (brief stay!) and gave a smotth feel to the skin and as above also.
V3 again used a crop a little contrast and very gently lightened her eyes, a beautiful lady to have the pleasure of doing a Mod for...thank you and have also marked Philip as Constructive critique above as think he has provided some good advice for you.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3849 Canada
30 Jan 2011 5:47PM
Hi Andrew, - looking at your portfolio you have gone from calling your wife "my gorgeous wife" to "the wife"

I hope things are going well with your family!!

Its basically a good shot. The exif data suggests you used a fill flash? You shot settings are spot on for this type of shot.

My main suggestions are composition withing the frame, lighting, and a small niggle about pose. Then some suggestions about presentation and post processing, and "glamorizing" a shot.

Its important in portrait composition to pace the eyes, - or the near4est eye on a third. it simply looks better. That involves cropping a lot of space from the bottom. and moving the subkect to the right by cropping space from the right, snd adding canvas to the left. The balanced composition then provides an 8 X 10 format suitable for printing.

When I checked colour balance, I found that the background was likely white, or less yellow, so that was corrected.

Mod 1 has this done, in addition to sharpening of the eyes hair, jewelry; and Ive removed that crease in the dress just under her arm, - its a distraction. Ive also tried to emulate lighting coming from the right, having the left slight darker to give tome definition.

Mod 2 is more of a glamour shot that your gorgeous wife may like. It has skinn softening ( or air brushing), a soft diffuse glow applied to further soften her appearance.

Hope you both like the mods, and that you find this constructive and helpful.


30 Jan 2011 7:16PM
To you all.......many thanks for the feedback and no offence taken. I have a lot to learn and know that. Wish I had some appropriate software though. Really appreciate it.
paulbroad 10 123 1234 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2011 9:21AM
This is a fine record image, sharp and correctly exposed with no shadow on the wall. Bounced flash from the camera I guess. For me, it is nearer a superb passport image than a portrait.

It is flattering and 3/4 rather than full face, but the lighting has given a very flat effect. The real answer isn't software, it's better lighting in the first place. But everyone doesn't have access to that.

Window light give some directionality, but brightening the image plus a little extra contrast in software would lift his one.


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