Grainy Friendship...

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  1. LeeLeeMelis

    LeeLeeMelis TPF Noob!

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    Help me out as to why this looks so off to me. I didnt post process this one as much as others in the shoot and this came out odd to me. I appreciate your help. Thanks!
     

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    It looks fine to me. IN my opinion it could do with a little more contrast and the horizon is slightly off, that could be the "oddness" you are feeling

    I did a small edit. I straightened the horizon, added a little more contrast using levels and did a slight unsharp mask.

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    IMO, an additional problem is that the subjects' skins are darker than their shirts and consequently underlit. If possible you could reshoot with different tops or perhaps use the high res originals to separate the faces from the background and manage the contrast separately.
     
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    Ya, I see not that much graininess if there is any at all...
     
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    How ridiculous.
     
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    Perhaps I could explain what I said above in more detail and then you could make your response again.

    Your subjects are dark-skinned. Both the shirts (tops in my lingo) and the sky are quite light, the camera exposed for the lightness of the shirt and sky and thus their skin was underexposed. By using darker colored tops and then exposing for the shirt/skin combination the skin would get the exposure it needed to get good detail.

    Now, perhaps you can say why this is a 'ridiculous' comment.
     
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    thank you everyone!
     
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    Or heres a thought... expose for the face even with the white shirts like you always should! and don't change their tops. Hmm I wonder it must be rocket science!
     
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    Oh and personaly I think the exposure on the faces is fine. If it really bothers u dodge it in PS.
     
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    Yeah, just add some additional directional light. I like the portrait actually. Well done. It has a lot of personality.
     

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