My first portrait attempt!

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    zioneffect564 TPF Noob!

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    Well like I said I'm brand new at it, any thoughts on how to improve would be great. I know about the arm and the distracting background but anything else would help. Thanks in advance.


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    zioneffect564 TPF Noob!

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    The color was so much better on my computer before i uploaded it.
     
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    The exposure is very nice and even.
    If the background was more out of focus it'd be better.. but you already know that :)
    It's very clean. Great job and your first attempt. Keep it up.
     
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    I like it overall :) I've never done portraits so my .02 might not be worth much...

    But...I wish I could see his arm that's cut off...If it were mine I would probably crop right under his belt loops so it looks more intentional (?).

    Can't wait to see some of your other portraits :)
     
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    Does anyone think if I threw a lasso around the background and put say a guassian blur on it it would make it look too fake? I was using my kit lens and it was at 70mm with the aperature wide open at f/5.6 the was most i could get out of it.
     
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    Show me and then I'll tell you if I think it looks fake or not :greenpbl:
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think I would do some cloning first, then the blur. A bit of vignette? Bump the catchlights? Just a thought.

    Pete
     

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    because you tried to get the arm in the shot, his face isnt central to the picture... if he was waring a t-shirt and it was just a bare arm, it wouldnt be too bad. unfortunatly the blue stripes on the shirt draw your eyes to it. (loud shirts do this)

    if its possible to take the picture again, ask him to stand a few feet away from the tree, this will make the tree/background slightly out of focus and will improve the shot.... as would his arm by his side :)

    if you cant... crop it and loose the arm, and as mentioned above crop just below belt loops ;)

    im not a Pro, just giving you my honest opinion.... for what its worth :)
     
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    I really like the edit and if you have time i'd really like to know how you cloned the background like that. Cloning isnt my thing at the moment it all turns out bad
     
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    wow pete i'm impressed with that.

    i agree you shouldn't have cut him out.
     
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    Umm... I just used the parts of the image next the the unwanted areas. I wish I could explain it better than that. I probably used some of the tree from above his left shoulder too. The lawn was pretty simple.

    I hope this helps.

    Pete


    and, thanks Mike.
     

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