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13/06/2008 - 3:59 PM


TessAgree with CB and miptog here.

Some of the cooler color is because of her dress reflection on the skin. Not much that can be done there unless one wants to do a selective color correction applied to the trouble spots.
A somehow complex thing to do but very possible.

As for the fan being lost against the background I think maybe next time use a "hair light"* for it or play with the angle of the fan in relation to the camera, at some angle it should be light on the edges thus being separated from the background.

*For hair light I donít mean necessarily a strobe, just a small mirror can do the trick; since you have good daylight is a matter of angling properly. Old style Smile
05/06/2008 - 2:12 PM


meGood eye contact, good placement of subject. Not black and white though. Smile

I cannot really give much input here besides style. There is thousand and thousand of this style of images on the net, mix of western-jpop culture and "scene" culture.

I have nothing against that besides the fact that they all look like a copy of a copy of a copy.

Style wise I think it could be useful to go to the source, some study on Jpop photography, jpop idol photography and the like would surely yield good results as most of it is very good photography.

Iím sure that even there are thousands of those images (the MySpace ones) someone will be able to come up with a refined and better set.

That could be you. Smile
26/05/2008 - 3:53 PM

group photo

group photoNothing much to add to what miptog already said.

Maybe just a generic rule of explanation on why is good to bounce light.
As miptog says, diffused light will be softer, that means the shadows will be more diffused having a softer transition between light and dark.

The bigger the light source in relation with the subject, the softer the shadows will be (and so more evenly lit), the smaller the light source the harsher the shadows will be.

By bouncing you make the light source "bigger" in relation to the subject.

That is something to take into account when deciding types of light, as much diffused light tends to be less dramatic (less contrast) and harsh light the opposite. Of course, ambient and drama can be also done with much diffused light, overcast days, foggy mornings, etc...

For the specific setup you describe, without much equipment, I think bouncing all over is a safe way to go, you can always correct overall contrast and exposure with Photoshop or similar.

A problem that might arise though is color temperature, window light, a lamp and fluorescent all have different temperatures so it might a bit of a pain to equalize them all. Sometimes is better just to you use one source or two similar ones that you can correct later more easily.
20/05/2008 - 5:26 PM

Lord Large

Lord LargeFrom a composition perspective it looks good, with the musician and his trusty pineapple placed in the frame where it gets more attention, as if the pineapple is the center of the show and the musician just a side kick.

From and overall image/lights viewpoint, maybe it could be interesting to just selectively correct light on the image, keeping the atmosphere and adding attention to the pineapple a bit more. Curves and masks maybe?

I would go for a compromise on both possibilities. The brighter mod adds some details that are lost in the original, yet the original has atmosphere that is lost in the mod.

As for exposure, it is indeed underexposed, but can't add that as a critique if that was the intention.

Maybe that should be added to the description of the image?
17/05/2008 - 2:16 PM


buchaAdding to Adeīs comment:
The not sharp seems due to back focus, unless that happened during the manipulation process; look how the left arm is somehow more focused than the rest of the image.

That is normally due to the autofocus point on the camera. I do not know if in yours it can be changed or if it can be locked once you focus where you need in order to recompose later.

Iím sure the manual will have something written about that; if not, try to have different objects at different distances from you and practice and observe where does your camera focus point is more sensitive.

From a composition point of view, and this is very subjective, I think that even though it is an interesting one, is also a very trendy one, very MySpace kind of angle...personally I think there is way too many of those, but if you can make them better than those, is always a good thing. Smile
14/05/2008 - 7:24 AM

Portrait of a young man

Portrait of a young manAbout shadows and lights, just to add a bit more information.

Photoshop and other editing programs are good for removing shadows flawlessly.

However, the best way to do it, from the perspective of saving time in the digital darkroom, is to do it from the beginning. How?

First of all, be aware of the light position, shadows will be on the opposite side. Very obvious yet something important to have in mind always. Reversely, you know where the light source is by looking at the shadows.

In a case like this image, it could have been a matter of placing the subject farther away from the wall, thus letting the shadow "drop" away from the viewable area of the lens, or move the camera so the shadow doesnīt appear on the image, of course, that option would change the composition and position of the subject in relation to the camera.

Shadows, however, are not always a bad thing; for instance when you make it so the lighter area of the subject is against the darker area of the background and vice versa, thus making the image appear fuller and with more contrast.
28/04/2008 - 6:23 PM


cryOverall an interesting image, no doubt.
The technique is good, manipulation also and the idea more so.

However the presentation I am not sure.

The white border is whiter than any lighter areas of the main image, which distracts significantly, especially against the large amounts of pure black.

The black border is too heavy compared with the "weight" of the image itself; true, it gives a feeling of asphyxia, but I think the image would work much better without it.

Also, I think the blur on the main subject is too soft.
To get that sharpness on the fence and that blur on the main subject the subject should have been much far away from the fence, hence looking smaller. Even at 1.8 the blur on the subject, focusing on the fence, wouldn't be so radical.
15/04/2008 - 6:23 PM

Trial Bridal Session

Trial Bridal SessionSurely a non average bridal image, thumbs up for the change!

Experimenting beyond standard procedure is photographically always a good thing.

From a technical point of view there are not major flaws either. Exposure and light give mood and the black and white treatment adds to the image.

From a fashion image perspective I think the image could be better with a different crop, with the subject not so in the middle of the frame as well as to avoid to cut the subject at waist level, a bit lower at hip level would make it look more complete.

Also since thinking in terms of fashion / artistic shot maybe a stronger processing of black and white and contrast levels (Ilford Delta 100 style for instance) could make it more striking as an image.
30/03/2008 - 3:24 PM

African dream

African dreamI like the idea, the model and the light.
I think the landscape format suits the image well, even though part of her feet are missing.

The background, the wooden tiles specifically, are a bit distracting and break some fluidity when viewing the whole image. I think a tighter crop could benefit this image.

The carpet, color choice, textures, I find them good but I think they could have been used more in order to convey more atmosphere.

The pose, looks a bit hard due to some details, for instance the left hand fist.

Part of her areola shows on her left breast, I do not know if that was intentional or not, seems to subtle to be intentional, but maybe it was I am not sure about that aspect.
However if it was intentional maybe it could have been more obvious. If it wasnít, I think is something that could eventually show a lack of attention to details.
Then again, in regard to that detail I do not know the intention.

Overall a good idea, with lots of potential, just some details that can be easily fixed and you would have a stunning image.