A serious shot of my grandma

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  1. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I like sepia over B&W for portraits. I don't see it a lot here; any particular reasons?


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  2. Jeremy Z

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    ... and here is one of my lovely wife:
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    Last, but not least, my sister:
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  3. LaFoto

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    If it weren't for the blown out area in your grandma's photo, I'd love it. But here I find that uneven side light a bit distracting.
    Your wife is very pretty and I like the use of fill-flash here.
    Her hair, however, looks a bit oversharpened - is that possible?

    Do I see some family resemblance in your sister's photo? I think I do.
    The hat gives her face some nicely even light.
     
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    I Like them, thank you for shareing.
     
  5. Jeremy Z

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    I like the uneven sidelighting, but I didn't even notice that the left side of her face was blown out. Thanks for the critique!

    I didn't use fill flash. The porch we were on was all painted white, so I think that is why there aren't many shadows. I did not sharpen this one at all. I think her hair just looks like that because it was resized down so much, and because the sunlight was backlighting her hair and making it very bright.

    Here is a crop of the full size image of her hair, for reference:
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    How cool is that: a house with an "in-built" reflector!!! ENVY!

    Well, now that I am seeing an uncropped version of the backlit hair, I believe that it must be the compression which makes it look so extremely sharp. Thanks for showing me. That does clear it up all right!
     
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    Jeremy,

    Perhaps just personal taste. I like sepia too, but prefer b&w. One of my reasons is because in digital, applying sepia covers up a lot of trouble. Good b&w is harder (for me), because it has to be neutral and that can be tricky in digital.

    Having said that, I really like your photo #1. It doesn't bother me that it's too hot on one side. For this kind of emotonal shot, it works, I think. Again, personal taste, but I think it would be improved by being off centered.

    The shot of your beautiful wife is not as good, I think. Again, it's too centered for me. The hair and top of chair is too hot, and a little more brightness, whether fill flash or reflected light, would help around the eyes. Finally, the background is distracting because it's too much in focus. (She is beautiful with a great smile). Forgive me if I'm being too critical. I'm still learning how to critique, and I hope you'll post more.

    I say all this with respect and hope you know that this is just my personal taste. And I thank you for sharing these.
     
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    Sepia, IMO, only works for certain people strangely. I think it works pretty good for your subjects, really. Id like to see a B&W version of your grandmother, just for kicks if youve got one. A little brightness adjustment and adjustment of contrast would clean up the right side of the photo. Nice shots!
     
  9. Jeremy Z

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    Not at all. I/we post images here because we're proud of them, because we want critique, or both. Showing them to other people with a good eye for composition & lighting can help me see a more complete picture. It isn't a competition for me. I love the shots, and they are fully worth printing and framing; they don't have to be "perfect" for that. Can they be better? Always. I'm only 30, so I probably have another 40 good years of photography left in me. Maybe a bit more with anti-shake technology always improving, hehehe.

    Understood, and I appreciate your constructive criticism. The only thing I would have a problem with is if someone said they didn't like it, but wouldn't elaborate on why not.
     
  10. Jeremy Z

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    Your wish is my command. *poof*

    Here's a B&W version; the left side of her face looks even more blown out, but you can see why. The other side of her faces is too dark to make a correction to the whole scene.
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    Here's the original version, which doesn't look as blown out, but is also not quite as striking, to me at least:
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    Here's another shot, with her off-center, and with her more typical smile. This one's the original:

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    Here's the B&W (a bit too contrasty)
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    ...and here's the sepia:
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    I like the sepia better on this one as well.
     
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    I think maybe you don't see as much sepia on here because it tends to be looked a little down upon I think. It is true that many people who aren't serious about photography simply convert their images to sepia as a crutch to better their photos.

    I on the other hand tend to use sepia more often than some. Here I'm not sure it workds for me, it's a little too pinky of a brown, something with a little more black in it might work better. I do prefer the black and white.

    And there is nothing wrong with high contrast....
     
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    I really like the photos in sepia as well - I think the one with your grandmother works in particular.

    I'm just learning so bear with me please =) : but do you adjust the photo into sepia on your computer?
     

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