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By probie
a quick snapshot of my daughter just before we went to a family meal,

Tags: Close-up and macro Portraits and people

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John_Frid 12 514 57 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 1:12PM
The thing with snapshots is that you often gain "the moment" at the expense of perfect composition and exposure.

When considering a snapshot in terms of overall excellence, sometimes the moment is strong enough to overcome other shortfalls, othertimes it is not. However, you have described it as a snapshot and it should perhaps be judged as such.

I don't know what post processing you have done, but assuming that it is minimal then I think this is pretty good. The composition is nice and tight, the exposure is good, the aperture has diffused the background whilst leaving the eyes nicely sharp.

Although your daughter isn't looking towards the camera, you have managed to capture the eyes nicely. The colours are a bit muted, but I have no reason to think they aren't accurate.

As snapshots go I think this is rather naice.

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nickhawk 11 23 3 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 4:51PM
As above, I think its a great snapshot and should take pride of place in the family album. Technically it is also very good, although I am not sure that the eyes are the primary area of focus, which they should be in any portrait. Anyhow, I would be proud if this was my photo.
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 5:04PM
thanks john and nickhawk for your comments i agree that the colours could be boosted, i have only had my dslr for a year and so to say i am very much a beginer
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
24 Mar 2009 8:35PM
Welcome to EPZ Peter.

Its a lovely intimate shot, - great candid.

It can benefit from some more contrast, and some tweaking of the overall colour balance which Ive done in the mod. I found her skin colour needed a little more warmth.

Remember to sharpen also after you re size, - the image can lose some detail in compression.

She has a nice expressions also, and Ive used the shadow tool in CS3 to lift the eye detail a tad.

Hope you find this helpful,


glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
24 Mar 2009 11:32PM
A beautiful young lady. The shot seems a bit soft on color and contrast. Maybe caused by the lighting used during the shoot. consider dropping the exposure a stop or two. Also adjusting White Balance can help, for example setting the WB to Daylight or Shade. Also some camera provide the ability to set the photo saturation levels, neutral and vivid come to mind. Consider using the vivid image to gather more color and contrast out of the camera.

Post editing consider the following:

1. Increased saturation
2. Adjust levels, darken shot slightly
3. Adjust brightness and contrast
hope you like it, i enclose the 4rh modification for u

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