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By Edmo117
My son Ben taken with my first digital camera a Nikon Coolpix 990. Only 3.3Mpix but Magic to me at the time.

Tags: Close-up and macro Portraits and people

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NickParry 12 1.0k 79 Wales
23 Sep 2008 2:21PM
A relaxed and happy capture, but don't be afraid to crop a little tighter, so that the portrait can have even more impact.


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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2008 6:03PM
Hello, Brian, and what an excellent portrait of your son, Ben. He is smiling, has nice catchlights in his eyes, a wonderful complexion and you've captured him with a good clean background, a little shadow and fine focus.
I have done a modification to give you an idea for a little better result, as I see it, but there is certainly nothing wrong with your photography skills here. I firstly adjusted the perspective of the blinds behind Ben, then cropped for a closer portrait. By adjusting highlights, shadows and levels, I brought the image a little more to life in the way of colours, contrast and light. I did just a tiny bit of cloning on Ben's teeth where there were some black areas, but didn't soften the image because his complexion and freckles are too endearing. In fact, I gave in to a little bit of sharpening as I feel it's an informal shot, not a studio portrait. Hope my mod meets with your approval.
Edmo117 10 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 8:26AM
Thanks to Nick and Pamela for their excellent suggestions and the fine work done by Pamela in enhancing this picture. I am only just getting to grips with image manipulation so your detailed critique is most welcome. Thanks again
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 7:07PM
Thankyou, Brian. Just PM me if you need any help.

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