Dance Photos

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  1. UncleRico

    UncleRico TPF Noob!

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    I'm curious to hear what people think about these photos.

    The first one was done at home against white paper. I think it looks a little gray, but I still like it. Any tips for shooting against pure white. My always seem to have a grayishness.

    The second was during a performance where flash photography was not permitted. It was my first time shooting with a high ISO. I think it came out OK.

    Thanks,

    Ryan

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    The second shot is excellent (I think). Although it could do with a crop to remove the out edges which are blurred. The detail/expression on the faces is great photography.

    No doubt this will be wheeled out when your daughter turns 18!!

     
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    These may be great but they really are too small to see well.
    It is beyond me why people on this site post such damn small pictures. Why not post it 800 pixels high so people can actually see the image detail?

    The backgrounds are greyish because the camera sees all the brightness and is trying to make the average middle grey.
     
  4. UncleRico

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    Thanks for the comments and suggestion, Cooler. I will crop it and see how it looks.

    Sorry, Traveler. I always post smaller, because I didn't think people liked to scroll. Here are larger images (still not 800 high). Also, how would I compensate for the camera trying to make average middle grey? Is that done purely in post?

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  5. HikinMike

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    I photograph my daughter's gymnastics....no flash allowed....and I think you did great. It looks a bit tilted though.
     
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    First, these are really solid starts. I think #2 is terrific, great energy, interesting. Good pictures don't have be all sharp or correctly upright. It does seem a little overbright and there is a strange demarcation to the shadow. If you did some extensive post-processing on this, I would suggest going back and pulling back a bunch to less bright, less sharp and smooth out the vignetting. A nice way to soften these kinds of pictures is to use a very fine watercolor filter on a new layer of the original image and then adjust the opacity until it barely shows as a softening effect.

    The first picture Could be fixed in PPing but would be better done while taking the picture. Move her further from the backdrop and light the paper separately. Note the deep shadows in her eye sockets and armpit. You need to soften the lights and move them so they don't make those shadows. She seems a little bright and contrasty.
     
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    Number 2, Crop above the knee/lampshade and straighten a 5-6 degrees to the right?
     
  8. UncleRico

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    I saw your thread, HikinMike. They were great shots. I agree, and others commented on that too. I'll play around and see if I can fix it.

    Thank you for the informative critique. Some of the PP stuff is a little beyond me at the moment, but I will try to follow your advice.

    Thanks, again Cooler. I'll see what I can do.

    Ryan
     
  9. UncleRico

    UncleRico TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the feedback on these photos. Here is an updated version that attempts to incorporate everything. I did the watercolor filter at 15% opacity, but decided to scrap that. I'll have to keep playing with how to soften it a bit. I still don't like the fact that I've chopped the feet off of the girl on the right, but there were set decorations that chopped them off anyway.

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    Thanks again.

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    Yes - I think that is an excellent image. :thumbup:
     
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    Solid shots. The first one the light is a little to sharply overhead move it so you get more light into her eyes and a little more to the side.
    I like the new crop on the second one, see how their energy comes out of the photo.
    Nice job.
    Shooting white you need to increase your exposure, then in photoshop click on the white color with one of the eyedroppers.
     
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    These are excellent! Especially the second one, what ISO were you on? And its an adorable dance outfit!
     

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