A shot at a self portrait...c&c please

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  1. julia4480

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    So I decided I am going to try and play with self portraits this evening. Aside from the fact that I used flash on this picture, which made it horribly red and I had to go in and fix a bunch of stuff in pp, and besides the fact that I think it's a little soft, I kind of like it.... I used a dark brown sheet as my back drop and a regular side table lamp as my lighting ( wonderful setup ey? lol)... Comments and critique would be greatly appreciated...

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    Well, you're pretty good looking which is always a start, but you missed the focus on your eyes (which is pretty hard with a self portrait) and the little fuzzy hairs the side of your head aren't ideal :)
     
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    I like it a lot. Excellent expression and composition. Good impact. I am including an edit, not because I think the original needs it, but because you mentioned you felt it was a bit soft. Sometimes when I have a portrait that I feel is too soft, I'll intentionally soften the rest of it (minus the eyes) to give it a dramatic effect.

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    Yes... I tried with several shots to get my eyes in focus.... pretty dang hard indeed. Thanks for your comment!!
     
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    Definitely liking the edit transformed.
     
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    Wow, I love that! Thanks so much for taking the time in doing so! :) Great tip! And I look 5 years younger. Perfection. HAHA.

    Did you use Photoshop? Or a different program? I have GIMP and Photoscape. Do you have any idea how to achieve that result in any of those programs?
     
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    Lighting is a bit flat for my tastes. The edit makes her look like one of those robots on "I Robot."
     
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    ^It's a personal thing for me, but I don't like softening on photos. I can see covering up a pimple but the airbrushed look bothers me. But the eyes look great in that one transformed, how'd you do that? Just a sharpen?

    @julia: It looks like you put some time and thought into the setup and composition of the photo, or you got lucky. I like the tilt/angle & framing.

    On the negative side (of the original), looks like the shadows are a bit hard (just the ones from the hand) but it's pretty minor, and probably worth noting that I'm inexperienced.
     
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    Missed the focus and that edit looks horrendous.
     
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    Thank you so much for your comment. It's probably a mixture of luck and thought, quite frankly... lol!
     
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    When you take your own pics... how do you make sure the focus is on the eyes, when you're not behind the camera to actually see it?
     
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    Use a stand in.
    Seriously.
    Even if it's a mop.
     

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