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01/06/2009 - 5:26 PM


Sex-A-PearlJohn I think this is really good work. I think your lighting is excellent in this and the skin tone is very nice also. Yes this skin is a little plastic but its not all blurry and the pearls and shadows are intact. Yes good work indeed sir!
05/04/2009 - 8:22 AM

lost in a ghetto fire

lost in a ghetto fireIdeas for improvement… I think the model is a little too sharp for the image… I think there is a little too much “presence” sharpening eg over contrast… hope you know what I mean! Also her lighting tones don’t match with the flames… some red filter work reflecting of her white shirt / hair would be more convincing. Worth the extra work IMHO because it’s a fab image!
20/02/2009 - 12:15 PM

Family Portrait

Family PortraitYou have asked for critique so here goes…
I like the composition you have created. The family look relaxed in your company too which is great! I think the image would be nicer with some more colourful clothing?
The image looks to have been shot 1 or 1.5 stops under exposed – this means that the skin tones are incorrect – over saturated and coupled with a warm say 6000 colour balance look a little yellow IMO. There is little detail in the blacks this is a problem especially if these clients would like a large image printed as it will have a large area of blacks lifting the exposure any further reveals the digital noise in the blacks that confirms the original underexposure. The family all have beautiful blue eyes so getting a little more light into them would add some sparkle to the shot.
You have chosen iso 200 at f7.4? by reducing your iso a stop or 2 and opening your aperture you will have less noise in the blacks I think your DOF would still be acceptable for this shot.

Hope this helps
13/02/2009 - 9:06 AM

Thorax Abdomen for Critique

Thorax Abdomen for CritiqueHi Tony this image is all about the shapes and curves of the mussels, as this is a black and white image the only way to highlight them is with lightness and darkness of the greys. – The picture is a little un dynamic in thet respect I think the shadows need to be darker to highlight the differences. Try moving the light further away from you.. this will make the light harder and more direct the shadows will be deeper and the contrast greater. Hope this helps
17/12/2008 - 8:00 PM

Emma Lea

Emma LeaHi rob the noise you mention does not really show at the image size posted – I can see some noise in the high lights though. Because the pic is in B&W the iso noise is quite pleasing and resembles fast grainy film. The best way I have found to minimise this type of problem is to convert two images in raw 1 for highlights and 1 for shadow and then merge the two in photoshop using to layers. I find over sharpening and large changes in contrast settings always makes the problem worse. Any way all that a side it’s a great shot I think you should be pleased with it as it is! Cheers Wayne
13/12/2008 - 10:39 AM


EmmaHi Colin I think your original shot is much better than the v1 mod. Because the nearest eye is not as sharp as the furthest eye it looks a little awkward for such a large close-up. Also the original image was quite a wide angle shot to get in some background, at 43mm the lens has exaggerated the size of the things closes to the camera and this has made her nose look larger than it is in real life. This does not show on v2. I think your original post was more flattering for the model. So v2 for me! Hope you don’t mind! Wayne
01/12/2008 - 7:57 AM

Elena 4

Elena 4Hi This is another great shot – you have asked for c & c so here are some Very MINOR observations. The colours are beautiful in this but I find the white graffiti is a little bit dominant –could it be toned down a bit. Some rim lighting (very difficult outside with portable kit) would have just separated her a little from the background. Cropping slightly more to the right may have put more weight to the story of finding the roses in such a hopeless place? All these things are so easy to spot after the event!!!! Ether way is a cool shot as it is… I would have been very pleased with it! I am also honoured to be click no 30!
28/11/2008 - 8:09 AM


P I PIan - high pass is a filter that only lets the higher frequency parts of the image show. The high frequency parts of the image are the parts that change from light to dark quickly - that is the fine detail - eg a thin line small leaf on a tree etc. some photographers use a layer with the hp filter applied to accentuate fine detail in an image - the effect is similar to unsharpen mask - hope this helps???
27/11/2008 - 8:22 AM


EmmaHi lee, That’s a great start if your learning the ropes! You have asked for comments so here goes. I think there is a little to much contrast in the image – there is a lot of black and not much detail in the black – I would prefer it if you could see a little more detail in the shadows – it would simply hold my attention for longer. Also you could sharpen the image a bit more this would also bring out more detail.
19/11/2008 - 10:16 AM

In One End And Out The Other

In One End And Out The OtherHi peter that’s a great shot, really well composed. The picture looks a little underexposed. I had a look at the image levels and they were all in the lower (darker) end of the scale. By adjusting the levels and spreading the image across the whole range it brings out the punch that was there when you took the original picture. Also I sharpened it lightened the horses head a bit and removed the drain cover in the road that was a bit distracting. You could try adjusting the contrast setting on your canon to give your images a bit more punch. Hope you like it !
17/11/2008 - 7:28 PM

sunset at the castle

sunset at the castleHi what a beautiful picture! I have uploaded a mod for you. Here are my thoughts on how it could be improved. Obviously it could do with straitening so the horizon where the couple are standing is level. Also there is lots of hidden detail in the shadows and whist being really dark is quite moody – if this were printed and enlarged you would have a lot of black in the picture – by creating two layers in photoshop you can keep the beautiful saturated colours of the sunset and the right walls but lift the detail out of the blacks – this makes the image a bit more 3d and gives the viewer more to look at. Then with a little bit of sharpening it brings out the detail. Hope this helps
16/11/2008 - 11:22 AM

Which Works?

Which Works?I think its a great photo! Have uploaded a mod for you!
If you had brought the subjects a little further forward, the curtains would be a little softer as a backdrop – I softened these a little in the mod to show how it would look – also if you had a small hand held flash gun you could have bounced your flash of of the ceiling this would have softened the shadows around the head area but all that said its still a lovely portrait well done!