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Back on the street

By Bickeringbush

Tags: Model Street Beauty Portraits and people

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
19 Sep 2016 2:10PM
A nice model, and pretty well placed in the frame. But all may not be well: now read on...

I think, though i might be wrong, that you have combined a street scene with a model shot in isolation: the joins are hard to see, but there are some telltales that suggest this.

The lighting seems to be different: Bright but soft light on the model from the right, with harsh sun and shadow in the background, with the sun high on the rigth. The model might be standing in front of a big window, but I'm guessing not...

The street shot seems to have been taken with a wideangle - there's even barrel distortion in the verticals on the left. The girl looks to have been photographed with a longer lens.

Focus is suspiciously consistent from front ot back - at f/5, even at 18mm as the EXIF data says, you'd have much more softness in the background! (But it takes imagination and planning to shoot street scenes deliberately out of focus to use as backgrounds: more to do so with the focal length you'll use for portraits!)

Finally, I note some dodgy burning-in of the sky - grey and splodgy, like the sky outside my window today.

Having said all of that, it is an attractive image, nad if you redid it with a load of blur applied to the background before you put the images together, it woudl be fine. (I might also add a fraction of space behind the model, and crop at the top - see mod.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
19 Sep 2016 2:16PM
Almost works.

Two different focal lengths is a give-away though most people wouldnt notice.

Theres a white gap between her hair and her chest at one point that doesnt fit.

The image of Shannon is quite good, - I would brighten it slightly, and perhaps sharpen her eyes.
I would not over darken the sky, its draws attention, and is out of synch with the bright sunny spot on the wall. Both are addressed to some extent in the mod.

But very good effort, - hair is very hard to blend into a background.


Robert51 12 7 121 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2016 8:50AM
I can only echo both John and Willie above. I spent about six months just doing these type of images, and besides the angles as stated above the biggest thing is the light (as in most photography). If these two things don't look right the image never will. Two tips I offer people is one convert you image to black and white to check the light. Take away the colour and the problems stand out more. The second in PS tool panel there is a blur tool, this is great to run around the edges of any join to soften that join. Remember if a edge is sharp it has to stay that way but most thing curve at the edges like people. Hope this helps or just something to think about.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2016 10:59AM
It's all been said - I'll just add though that for this type of exercise to succeed a number of specific factors need to match in the two images used:

Direction of light; colour temperature; focal length; angle of view; ISO. Those are the major factors.

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