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surf Dude

By gjfereday
Cold day, white sky possibly a little blown but young lad stands out. first time shoot.

Tags: Portraits and people

Comments


3 Jul 2012 11:58AM
think the background being slightly blown has allowed better seperation fro the background and i think your skin tones are excellent

Graham

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puertouk 7 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 2:18PM
Hi Graham, nice shot, but I'm afraid it's a little washed out due to the bright sky. I put your image into Photoshop CS6, ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) made adjustments to contrast, highlights, whites/blacks and vibrance. I then opened it in Photoshop, copied the background layer, used the dodge tool to brighten his eyes a little and whiten his teeth. I also put a catch light into his eyes to bring them out. I darkened the background a little to bring some detail back. In the second mod I did I cropped the shot tighter and blurred the background. Hope you like the mods
Stephen
gjfereday 7 46 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 2:23PM

Quote:Hi Graham, nice shot, but I'm afraid it's a little washed out due to the bright sky. I put your image into Photoshop CS6, ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) made adjustments to contrast, highlights, whites/blacks and vibrance. I then opened it in Photoshop, copied the background layer, used the dodge tool to brighten his eyes a little and whiten his teeth. I also put a catch light into his eyes to bring them out. I darkened the background a little to bring some detail back. In the second mod I did I cropped the shot tighter and blurred the background. Hope you like the mods
Stephen

Thanks Stephen, a lot of this is new to me and you've just blown my mind with all the adjustments in photoshop. I wouldn't know where to start. I like the first modified pic, not so sure on the second. This was one of my first ever shots with the DSLR so I appreciate your comments and time.

Graham

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4032 Canada
3 Jul 2012 3:15PM
Welcome to EPZ Graham.

This is a very good shot, and is not at all washed out to the extent the two mods suggest at all. The mods that attempt to address a problem thats not there are not the way to go. A bright sky can in fact have the opposite effect, it will most often underexpose the subject, which is not an issue here. The first mod is good crop.

Washed out is a term used usually to mean a lack of contrast and a little contrast does benefit the face, - but just a little. The main issue to look at here is composition, and thats the placement of the beach boy! If you Google rule of thirds, you will get a lot of information on composition. In general, dont place the subject in the centre of the frame, but off centre, on a third. Ideally, with a portrait, the eye closest to the camera should be on a third, and though its a very extreme crop, the mod I loaded has this done, and you can see it does a good job of making the boy the one and only focal point. Its also a 10 X 8 aspect ratio, so is ideal for a print on standard paper.

The face is not at all overexposed, - its quite good, and though a little bright, works very well.

When working on the mod, its apparent that the focus was not quite on his eye, as it should be, so perhaps you are using all NINE focus points, whereas you are best to select only ONE. If you havent done this before, refer to the user manual, - its very fast and easy to do.When a single point is selected, you can then place it on the subjects eye, and shoot, and you will get good focus and sharpness on the eye.

In the mod, Ive also accentuated the existing catch lights, - makes the eyes come alive.

As a new member, there are features in this gallery you may want to use: Theres a "Like" icon beside a comment; and theres the small "Nominate for Constructive Critique" link at the bottom of every comment. The Critique Team approves or denies submissions for constructive Critiques, and members can accrue points. Critique Team members cannot approve comments on their own feedback. When you provide constructive feedback, you can also start collecting points, which can mean you are improving to the point where you can see how to improve other members shots. To qualify as Constructive, the feedback has to improve you image, your skill, your knowledge of the photographic process, or post processing. Comments like nice shot, love the scenery, etc dont qualify.


For re sizing, heres a process to use:

Resize image: Image>Image size> set pixels per inch to 72; then set the longest side to what the site allows; then during the save as process, you will adjust the quality slider to get the right file size, then save.

Next: Open the new image. Check for sharpness at 100%. It will very likely need to be sharpened. You can use whatever method you prefer; here is a reliable method you can use:

Filter>sharpen>unsharp mask; set Radius = 0.8; set threshold = 3; now slide the Amount slider all the way to the right, which oversharpens the shot; then slide it slowly back to the left until it doesnt look soft, and doesnt look too sharp. You can view your image and turn Preview on and off to see how youre doing. When your happy, press OK, then SAVE. Now upload.



Hope this is helpful, and enjoy the site.



regards



Willie
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 5:03PM
This is a nicely composed and exposed image. It's not washed out to me. It could be a fraction sharper on the eyes, but that might be processing for the net. Good work.

Paul
Focus_Man 9 481 631 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 5:15PM
Welcome to EPZ from me as well Graham, this is the Critique Gallery, the place for you to learn. It is advisable as well as reading comments attached to your own uploads, that you look through others and take heed of advice given to those photographers as well, that way your learning curve gets accelerated.

A good outdoor portrait, the background is fine for me as you are not really wishing to show that (I presume) so it shows differential focussing given your aperture of f6.3. You have used 37mm (around 55mm on the old system) so you are also just into the recommended parameters for portraits photography.

A very good start so I will keep an eye open for ylour stuff in the future.

Frank
gjfereday 7 46 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 5:54PM

Quote:Welcome to EPZ from me as well Graham, this is the Critique Gallery, the place for you to learn. It is advisable as well as reading comments attached to your own uploads, that you look through others and take heed of advice given to those photographers as well, that way your learning curve gets accelerated.

A good outdoor portrait, the background is fine for me as you are not really wishing to show that (I presume) so it shows differential focussing given your aperture of f6.3. You have used 37mm (around 55mm on the old system) so you are also just into the recommended parameters for portraits photography.

A very good start so I will keep an eye open for ylour stuff in the future.

Frank

Thanks Frank, I look forward to your comments.

gjfereday 7 46 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 5:56PM

Quote:This is a nicely composed and exposed image. It's not washed out to me. It could be a fraction sharper on the eyes, but that might be processing for the net. Good work.

Paul



Thanks Paul, appreciate it.
Philo 9 99 83 England
3 Jul 2012 10:54PM
Welcome from me too Graham. A very nice portrait that is well exposed for the subject so the bright background doesn't bother me. In my mod I have tried a different crop using 7 x 5 format. The shot does need more contrast and this is mainly achieved by adjusting the black point. If you look at the histogram it falls short of the left hand side. In levels, move the LH slider to meet the edge of the histogram for an immediate impact.
Hope you enjoy your time at epz, it really is a great place to learn.
Phil
puertouk 7 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 12:06AM
Why is it the critique team tell a person one thing, re-thirds and yet I have looked at their masterpieces and they have their subject slap-bang in the centre of their shot! Photography is to take a shot that is pleasing to the eye. Rules are there to be broken and NOT all shots should be the rule of thirds! The top pro's even tell you that. The majority of Banehawi's portrait shots has the subject in the MIDDLE of the shot, even his his own portrait, so why tell someone else that there shot is wrong?

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