How do these look to you?

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  1. RowmyF

    RowmyF TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys - I did a shoot the other day for a family. The weather was very overcast with the sun peaking out here & there...how do you think these shots came out? I'd like some technical hhcc! Thanks!

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  2. Big Mike

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

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    Overall, I think they are pretty good. I like the quirkiness of wearing a toque and a summer dress.

    In the first one, she is dead centre...but I think it works well with the path. I'd like to see more light/exposure on her face though.

    The 2nd is great. My one nitpick is that her right foot is growing out of her head.

    The 3rd one looks a little weird. Firstly, her expression isn't great and it's making her eyes look strange to me. The color is also a bit strange. It's too yellow/green.

    I think that all of these would benefit from a vignette.
     
  3. RowmyF

    RowmyF TPF Noob!

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    Hey Big Mike- thanks for the FB once again :)

    The 2nd picture doesn't look a little flat/cold to you?

    And vignetting? do tell :) how's that work
     
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    RowmyF TPF Noob!

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    Does this version look better to you? Or you're just not fond of the picture, at all?


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  5. Big Mike

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

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    If you don't mind, I'll take on of the photos and show you.

    Maybe a little bit, but I think it works well with the light sandy surroundings. Maybe a boost to the saturation would give it a little extra oomph.

    This one does look better to me...mostly because the color looks better. I don't mind the close crop of the first one. I'm still not sold on the expression...but her parents might like it.
     
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    RowmyF TPF Noob!

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    Thanks :)

    Knock yourself out with my pix ;-)
     
  7. Big Mike

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

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    What do you think? I might have gone a bit too far and given it a darker feel but I think it helps.

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    IMO, that logo is overpowering the pictures by drawing one's eye.
     
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    With the coloring tweaked, I actually think #3 is my favorite. hehe. I like how drawn into her eyes I am in that one. She seems slightly stiff to me in #1.
     
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    These are brilliant, IMO. I love them all!
     
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    From where Im sitting, I think these look fantastic. The second version of #3 is much better since you corrected the color. I like the crop and I dont think the expression is all that bad. Mike's vignette example is good. However, you can do it to varying degrees of darkness on the edges and corners.

    For vignetting, this is my method if you want to use it (in photoshop).

    For full res images, I add a blank new layer, and draw an oval marquee around the whole inside of the frame. Use a feather setting of 200 px so that you have a nice gradient transition from dark to light. Then do Select > Inverse. Select the paint bucket tool and set the opacity to about 30 or 40% depending on how dark you want to make the vignette. Then click on the outer edge. Flatten the layers and save the image. Prepare it for web viewing however you usually do it.

    If you have it already in the size for web viewing and want to add a vignette, instead of doing 200 px feathered oval, use 50 px feather (or thereabouts). This also works for different color vignettes, such as white, although I wouldnt recommend using any other colors, since I havent seen it done that way in which it looks any good.

    Experiment and have fun. I think the vignetting used in certain images could really give it that last little bit of sophistication and professional classiness. Your work is outstanding. :)

    NJ
     
  12. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think all of your images are wonderful but there is something a little disturbing about the first one. I don't know what it is and it has nothing to do with the subject or the photo there is just something about it.
     

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