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My first wedding

By bigboy8900
This is one shot of a bride I captured with my Nikon D80. I am just learning , and welcome your comments, it will only make me a better photographer. I do know that I need help with lighting, but I am working on that. LOL

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perkyjude 11 46 11 England
25 Aug 2011 8:36AM
I think it is a great attempt, the yes are sharp, you have a catch light in them, skin tones are natural, - the only thing that is glaringly obvious is Red Eye - very easily rectified with any editing program. Compositionally I would have given her a little more space in front of her face LHS and less behind RHS. Jude
sherring 15 46 13 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 9:15AM
There is of course the Red Eye which can be touched up but I dont like the tilt of the head. If you can rotate the image clock wise about 30 degrees I think it would be a lot better. I have added a mod for you.

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 12:46PM
A nicely composed image of a pretty lady. Hope you mean it is not her first wedding! I must be getting old, or this is a replacement image - can't see any red eye?

Just a fraction under exposed I think. I would just brighten the image a bit and run the dodging tool around the hair to add some detail.

Quite nice.

banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
25 Aug 2011 7:40PM
Welcome to EPZ Rodney.

This is a nice first upload, - and a brave one too marking it for critique.

Youve given us all the exif data, thats great so we can provide the best feedback. BUT, theres something not right about it. Your lens says its a 70-200mm, BUT the exif data shows the shot taken at 19 mm, - so which is right? I do not believe this was a 19mm shot, as theres no distortion, so I will guess the 19mm is wrong unless you say different. 19mm with a built in flash would certainly explain red eye though.

The red eye has been mentioned, but it us difficult to see as Paul mentions; however, as its a little underexposed, - when the exposure is corrected, the red eye is a lot more visible. Easily corrected with a red eye tool in Photoshop.

Frank has provided the info on flash. Im assuming this is the built in flash you used? You would likely not see red eye if you had used an external flash, and they mount quite high above the lens, - and better still, - as Frank mentions, get a bracket and a cable to move it further away if you are serious about wedding photography.

Next is exposure, and its underexposed. Youve used a creative setting on the camera, so with Nikon im not certain how this interacts with the flash, - to learn more about photography stop using the pre determined modes, and stay with Aperture Priority for most shots and Shutter priority for sports and fast moving subjects. If this is working as I suspect, there was very likely bright reflections from the diamonds and silk hair piece oicked up dusing exposure than might have caused a reduction in flash power, and therefor underexposure. Again, easily fixed in Photoshop, BUT get used to checking you histogram view on the camera right after the shot, and if its not exposed properly (in this one, the histogram would not extend all the way to the right, it would stop about half way). This will allow you to adjust and take the shot again (increase flash power).

Next tip on this shot, - look at her ear. Its very red, and not nearly the colour of the rest of her face, - so tone down the red as it attracts attention to the ear.

Composition, - you tried to get her entire hair and decoration in, and in doing so, at the focal length you used, you placed her face too low in the frame. Zooming out, placing her eyes on a third, would allow the shot you wanted in a better composition.

I have loaded 2 mods, - both are the same crop which places her eye on a third, and this required sacrificing some of her hair. I increased the exposure, toned down the red in the ear, and slightly softened the skin. Mod2 is a softer version of mod1. Ive darkened the background, and lifted some detail and shine in her hair.

I hope this is helpful, - and if theres anything about this you dont understand, just ask.


paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2011 7:30AM
Sorry, can see red eye on my big machine, but not bad. Doesn't show on the netbook. Easily treated.


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