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  1. Flynnstone

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    these are some photos i took with my XTI. tell me your opinion on how i can improve on my hobby.
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  2. Flynnstone

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    it seams to me that i should have applied the rule of thirds to some of these pictures.
     
  3. elemental

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    The first one seems pretty underexposed to me. Were you going for a "darker" look? I played with it a little in Lightroom- the biggest things are the exposure bump (close to 1 stop) and some playing with the curves to keep the background dark. I also cooled off and de-vibranced the colors a little, which seems to be in keeping with the idea, and masked a few things. What do you think?

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    elemental - the OP's version, although a little underexposed, makes the subject reminiscent of being an artist or librarian of sorts, since the color in her face complements the artwork behind her. Part of the problem with your corrections is that the color of her face now parallels the artwork, suggesting that instead of being the caretaker or creator of the artwork, she is the subject of the artwork personified. It makes the subject look a little more evil or witch-like in my opinion, in part exemplified by the eyes - overly green, and with a little more pop out of the face than in the original. I'd try to correct this myself but unfortunately I have an exam tomorrow I need to study for and stop procrastinating about XD

    hope the critique on the portrait helps.
     
  5. rdzmzda

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    whats going on with the sides of the painting did u crop the frame on there? other than that even though its underexposed i like the first one better....i dunno just appeals to me more.....the others look overexposed to me...but im assuming they are through glass and also with flash....at least thats always my problem at the place with all the fishes :D
     
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    Interesting- I thought the opposite. The red tones of the model on the green tones of the painting seemed to clash for me, so I tried to get them a little closer (without making her skin green, of course). Red on green is tough on the eyes. As for the evil/witch, this was my take on it, so I tried to up the drama with the "pop" in the eyes and face, among other things. I was going for drama. It's definitely heavy-handed, but it was my five-minute take on it. I guess we'll have to let Flynnstone weigh in on the intentions part.

    Post-processing is something I really want to get good at, so I appreciate your criticism and I would be very interested in seeing your interpretation (once you finish exams, of course).
     
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    here is an updated version that i just edited. let me know what you think...

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    it's definitly an eerie pic. very good
     
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    Flynnstone - I like your second one for the slightly better skin tones.

    Also, good captures of the reef through the glass. Your tank?

    Elimental - Looks processed.

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    I prefer Flynnstone's second edit. Elemental, the skin tone on your edit seems a bit to bright.
     
  11. Aggressor

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    I would decrease the magenta a tad in the face. In the OP's second edit, the face is softened so much that it looks like plastic. Texture was fine in the original.

    For next time, try a reflector on camera left and bounce your flash to the right (if there is something to bounce off of). The reflector should give her hair more dimension.
     
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    #1 needs to be exposed correctly (though you can do quite a bit in post on this particular image). Could use some form of kicker to separate her from the background a bit. Also, in creating the left and right sides of the frame, those are very, very obviously cut and pasted in. The face has a shade too much red in it but only very slightly once the exposure is corrected.
     

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