Black and White Portraiture - Rebel XS - C&C please

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  1. heroicloser

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    So I got my Rebel XS three weeks ago and I've been playing around with it nonstop ever since. I think I'm doing OK at the moment considering I haven't had it too long. But yeah I want to know if any of these, with the contrast and exposure, aren't effective as black and white and what can I do to improve black and whites. Thanks. :)

    These are my cousins Jenni and Katrina yesterday.
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    My brother telling me to go away.
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    My grandfather and mother.
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    That isn't your grandfather and mother, it is just your grandfather, unless you wanted your mother in focus.

    The subject on the left in photo 1 looks bad

    I wont comment on your picture as it might seem like a personal attack.

    The pictures are good though
     
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    Straight to the point, aren't you?

    Yeah I only wanted my grandfather in focus and also I'm not the prettiest girl, I can handle bad stuff said about photos of me. It's overexposed on purpose.
     
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    I think the hair is too grainy, and if it isn't grainy than the hair is just too in focus and needs some sort of blur on it
     
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    Thanks for telling me that. :p I'll see what I can do to it. That wouldn't have offended me!
     
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    It just seems you are stuck between making it seem fake or making it seem real. I would say it looks best at this point if ilooked like a sketch almost, here is what i did:
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    Aw, thanks. This is what I did.
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    I generally try to avoid visibly airbrushing my own skin and stuff, it's just an odd little thing I have with myself.
     
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    That looks a little better. I just wanted to define the nose lips eyebrow and a bit of the eye a little more. Looks good!
     
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    Thanks so much for taking the time to critique, I really appreciate it.
     
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    Don't be silly, you're absolutely beautiful. I think the comments were more directed towards the edits (which I think you've discovered). :)

    I like the pics, and I checked out your flickr account. VERY nice work, I really like your shots.
     
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    Thanks so much, that also means a lot to me. I'm just starting out so there's a great percentile of dodgy shots on there that I don't quite know are dodgy yet. ;)
     
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    I've been into photography a whole week now. :) I hope I get some shots as nice as yours by the time 3 weeks rolls around for me. Hehe.
     

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