Critique please.

Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by bisdakr, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    Here's a shot of my sister right by the window, the shot was taken in RAW on a Digital XTi and Canon Digital Professional was use to edit the RAW file a few tweaks on lighting, white balance and RGB. Have I properly edited the picture? It seems as though there is more noise on a RAW file, could this be due to my editing?

    shot on 50mm 1:1.8 Aperature at 2.0 E1/40s ISO 400
    [​IMG]

    let me know what you guys think, any tips on how to improve the picture editing and what not. thanks.
     
  2. russrom

    russrom TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    351
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Virginia Beach Va.; Jacksonville Fl.; Fallon Nv.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Looks like you have a little too much blue in there (Hair in the window) Warm it up a little and it should be fins
     
  3. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    thanks I'll give that a try, how about the noise level? is there anything I can do about the noise.
     
  4. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0

    warmed it up a bit and less blue, let me know what you think.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. newrmdmike

    newrmdmike TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 8, 2006
    Messages:
    2,107
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    it varies.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    her face isn't as sharp as it could be, and theres going to always be an odd color cast here bc your under two different light types, whatever is coming through the window and the incandescent/tungstan light in your kitchen, where you shot your sister while eating breakfast and kind of sort of caught her off gaurd.

    and the background is strange and distracting.

    this doesn't do anything for me.

    before you nitpic about color or anything else, have a good image!
    if its not good starting out in SoME sense, then chances are it won't end up looking good.

    sorry if this seemed totally negative . . .
     
  6. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2004
    Messages:
    34,814
    Likes Received:
    814
    Location:
    Lower Saxony, Germany
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    As a spontaneous, almost candid photo of someone, it is nice.
    The warming did not help the photo. I don't mind the blue around her hair, for that is from the outside light that fell through the window. I much prefer an adaptation to less yellow tones of the lamp light that lit her face in the moment you took the photo than the attempt to "fight" the blue from the other light.

    So I would stay with the first version.
    The noise could come from the ISO 400 you used to take this.

    It looks like your focus slipped towards the glass your sister's holding...

    All in all I am not quite as "negative" as Mike here (he isn't, not really, it is not his way to be truly negative!) about this photo. It certainly is a better candid than some and a better photo of someone else than many have in their albums. Maybe your sister's in for some more photo shoots? She is very pretty and could be an ideal model for you!
     
  7. midnitejam

    midnitejam TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2004
    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    bisdakr,

    I hope you don't mind that I've experimented with your image. If you approve of what I've taken the liberty to do, I'll provide instructions. If you don't approve I will delete.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    thanks for the comments guys, any comment positive or negative is welcome, this is how I will learn to get better at this so anything is fine with me, and midnitejam i'm very interested as to how you edited the image in that way, I see that softening was used on the area of the face and her hair is more pronounced, i'm very interested on how this is done. my editing tools available at the moment is photoshop and neat image. Instructions to how this editing is done would be of great use for the future . I am mostly taking RAW pictures now and practicing my editing which is not so good but this will be a great addition to my practice. thanks again guys.
     
  9. shingfan

    shingfan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toroto, ON
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    your current setting is 50mm 1:1.8 Aperature at 2.0 E1/40s ISO 400

    for the same image...try to use F2.8 1/40 ISO 200

    this should reduce the noise a little...ISO 400 is the source of noise i think...and F2.8 should still provide a adaquate DOF and help with the focus....i kind of feel that your image is a little blur
     
  10. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    yeah you're right it does appear blur it must be from the 1.8 i'll try 2.8 on my next shot with better backround, I took this shot of my mom against a black backround, is there a way to make the black hair stand out from a black backround? I don't think it was the best idea to have her on a black backround. I guess I was trying the affect of less noise and make it seem like she's the only one in the picture, make the backround seem like there's nothing there kinda shot I wanted, but her black hair seems to blend with the black backround.
     
  11. shingfan

    shingfan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toroto, ON
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    i'm a newbie.....but flash might bring out the hair with the reflection....need some creative lighting...or change the background to white...or other color with higher contrast........
     
  12. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,817
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If he did that, the shot would be two stops underexposed. If you lower the ISO, you have to open up the aperture to compensate...or increase the shutter speed.

    I do think that shooting at F2.8 would help...because your DOF is a little too thin...and she is not all in focus. However, unless you add light...you won't be able to use F2.8...without further increasing the ISO or making the shutter speed too long to hand hold.

    What you would need to do...is to add a back light. That will separate her dark hair from the dark background.
     

Share This Page