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Hi' this is a shot I took of my friend's mate. It was lit by Interfit Ex150 on the Model's right a soft box,on her left a translucent brolly. The camera was set to f4@125. ISO 100 WB daylight. Shot in raw. Photoshop Elements WB changed to flash. Added Smart blur and brought mouth and eyes back. This is an image I quite like but I am sure the are things that could be improved. Thanks Dennis

Camera:Sony A700
Lens:minolta zoom@80mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Live The Dream
Username:minicooper minicooper
Uploaded:17 May 2011 - 10:53 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Portraits / people
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banehawi Critique Team 111264 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3286 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2011 - 3:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a better image than yesterdays, being a lot sharper.

The lighting to me appears a little too harsh, casting strong shadows on one side of her face. This can be sorted out by placing the fill light where the camera is, and balancing the light to allow better illumination of the face overall, while still maintaining some shadow to provide depth.

There appears to be a colour cast similar to yesterdays shot, seems a little cold overall. Its best to actually measure the colour temp of your lights rather than set to flash, as they may not be what the flash setting is in software. You can do this by taking a test shot with the model holding a grey card, then click on the grey card in RAW conversion with the white balance tool, and use the setting it indicates for all shots.

I would suggest the composition may look better if you crop from the bottom to place her eye on a third, and add a little more space to the right.

Ive loaded a mod with the crop, colour balance a little warmer, shadows reduced.

Hope this is helpful,



Last Modified By banehawi at 17 May 2011 - 3:06 PM

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paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2011 - 8:10 AM

Why 'smart blur'? The eyes are still not critically sharp and they need to be. Quite a striking image, but I think I would get in closer for a - sharp - head shot with rather less directional lighting for this type of image.


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