Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by QWIKSNK, Jul 20, 2008.
Technically I'd say they look pretty good, I'm not a huge fan of the poses.
2nd looks a tad bit too airbrushed IMO
first seems focused on her knee, rather than face or that you don't have a steady hand
yea, I just checked it out, I missed the focus a little on the first, I was trying to focus on the eyes, but I still need some work.
Here is another one I liked, but again, I missed the focus, If its not raining out tomorrow when she gets out of work, ill drag her out again for some more practice
she seems an awkward young lass
most anyone asked to pose in front of a newb photog with little to no direction or feedback would be
any good sites to check out about posing people? and taking better portraits in general?
There is a book I just picked up called "Capture The Portrait". Im about half way through it and is really easy to follow. Jenni Binder is the author. Got it from Barns & Noble.
In pic 2, her hair is coming down the not seen side of her face and it is giving her a beard
Not bad, but her poses and expressions look forced.
I didnt really give her any direction on how to pose, but she did have a crappy day at work, and I forced her to go out and do the shoot when she got home (I just got my flash, so I wanted to get some practice) so she didnt really want to be there (you can really tell in some of the shots i didnt post).
My main goal was to get the lighting right, then get some good C&C and try again.
Fair enough, I think the lighting is good. The second one is underexposed though. It usually doesn't look good if you have a portfolio of portraits where the exposure is drastically different from shot to shot.
awesome, i'll keep this in mind.
Contrast in the original one you posted is better than this one. This one looks flat.
But the airbrushing part is fixed
is that the original? the contrast between her and the background is awesome.
not quite, but kinda close. It was shot about 30 mins before sunset (sun directly behind her, On camera 430ex for fill flash)
In ACR, i used + 4 sat and + 4 vibrance, kicked the contrast up a tiny bit (although I dont know if I did it in the 2nd one (the one you quoted) )
I used this method for the skin http://www.sxc.hu/blog/post/924
Then i turned that layer down to 20% opacity, and 20% fill (original one is at 50% opacity and 50% fill)
Im still not real skilled with PP, so I try to do as little as possible
ahh ok. yeah the skin in the first did look a bit overdone, but colors were better than in the second. but in both she looks great against that background.
and yeah I usually don't do any PP the first couple months I was shooting, I spent more time in photoshop than I did with the camera
How is this one?
I added a bit more contrast and brightness in ACR, then re-did the smoothing on the skin, but I think you can tell a little bit more on this one that I was using direct flash?
I really need to get a non-glossy monitor, and calibrate it. Things look so different between day and night. But there are a lot of things I feel i "need" First I NEED some skill
Edit: I didnt run NN on this one, I did on the first 2, which I think helps with the smoothing of the skin
Ran NN on this one (same as the one above), might look a little too much like the one in the original post now, but with a bit better exposure?)
I really appreciate everyones comments
I would have to agree that in general they are not all that bad
I keep wanting to say something about lighting, but, I don't really think that is it. Her reflective headband is annoying as fuck though.
Picture #3 is maybe a little too warm.
Not bad mate. Not for first go-round.
kind of looks like lexi belle in the 2nd pic. KIND OF.
I think I like this one best.
I like this one best so far, just tone down the strength on the NN by like 25-40%