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Hair envy

By newbornphotography      
This was my first attempt at removing a double chin in photoshop, also what are your thoughts on the image in general colours etc please. Taken late evening as the sun was going down, using natural light. i positioned her so that the sun lit her hair on one side rather than using it as a fill as it was still too bright and a little high. I am looking to submit 10 images towards my LRPS and i was considering using this one as i am drawn to it Smile

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5 Jun 2017 9:51PM
Beautiful portrait *****

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
5 Jun 2017 11:44PM
The Twist works well with her hair.

A general EPZ comment, - your image and file size is a little small for critique and modifications. You can upload a full size image at 300ppi and the site will resize to the maximum pixel size, with no limit on file size.

Unless you really want her face to be relatively shaded, for me it needs to be somewhat brighter; lift shadow on her eyes; her skin tone contains a touch too much magenta, which is easily corrected in colour balance by reducing magenta by adding a little green; and also increase yellow while reducing blue.

Mod upload, with a crop to place her a little more to the left. You could try to place tiny catchlights in her eyes, but it might appear fake unless you are very careful; as it may be for a panel, I wouldnt.

I like the overall shot.


dudler Plus
15 876 1495 England
6 Jun 2017 8:28AM
There's a perfect match between the Lensbaby Twist and your model's hair. The background also suits the effect, and you may have convinced me that I need to extend my own Lensbaby collection!

You've dealt with a double chin well, but I feel that you've overdone the work on her skin and eyes. The skin looks blank and the eyes look too perfect.

This would have been a really good shots to use the gold reflector with.

I think it would be worth going back to the original file and reprocessing more gently, given that this is a brilliant picture. Not only have you matched the lens and subject, but the tilt and the path through the corn behind the model add a stylish touch.
Hi everyone, i took on board your comments. i went back in from scratch and re edited. how is it looking? image in modification
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
6 Jun 2017 12:51PM
Yes, I think your mods, both of them are better.
Lovely thank you, do you think it would pass for one of my ten images. I am going to get membership tonight so i can post more than one image for critique lol
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2017 3:42PM
In many ways this is rather nice, but as an old time circuit judge I would be commenting negatively on the very burnt out hair on the left and I would consider this may cause rejection in a panel. However, judging is very subjective in many ways, but the hair is very bright. The general technique, other than that, is very nice although I wonder - was this for you or for a client. If the latter, should you clone out a double chin. Seems a bit young to have one.

I am not a fan of the Royal distinctions - too open to misuse - but we have discussed that here before. It will not help your business.

I would not be using these gimmicky lenses for jobs unless the client specifically asked for it although I did not realise this was Lensbaby until I looked at your comment. I find her expression a little serious although I am happy with your general processing.

I had a look at your profile and your website. You do not state your experience level but have obviously set up as a professional and much of your work does look very nice for it's type. All new borne babies, (human) look the same to me! If satisfying yourself, or producing promotional material, do as you wish. If working for clients, you must pander to what they want, not what you want. Do you have several spare batteries and cards?

Do you have two camera bodies and two external flash units - as a pro you MUST. The backup body does not have to be a 5D. You cannot afford a failure of gear. Steer clear of gimmicks unless asked for them and make sure you are the master of your equipment. You should be able to change settings almost without looking.

Do you have third party insurance. You should. A 5 Million policy is the usual - about 80 to 150 a year. Tell the tax man!

dudler Plus
15 876 1495 England
6 Jun 2017 10:12PM
I know there are complications to a panel, a need for a unifying style or theme, maybe for a similarlity of appearance or processing, as well.

You're clearly pursuing photogrpahy for profit: do you really WANT to go after letters as well (or do they have definite commercial value?)

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