My first portrait

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  1. DRodgers

    DRodgers TPF Noob!

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    Done in available light at dusk I see that I made the horizon run thru the back of his head beginners mistake ..
    What else could be done to make this better..
    The mother loves it I however always find something i don't like.
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    This is what i would do, and bare in mind, i have very little experience with portraits.

    Create a separate brightness/contrast layer and use the lasso tool around the eyes. Brighten them up to about a +10, then maybe crop a little off the top, and the right side.

    Nice shot though, and he looks very relaxed in front of the camera
     
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    use fill flash to brighten up the eyes n add hilights, eyes are the most important aspect of a portrait, dark sharkeyes arent becoming. H
     
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    I would actually just up the exposure and make it high-key. Blast the background into white and volah. But this is just me. The other suggestions are just as good.
     
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    I like all the suggestions I went with the exposure trick seems to wrk well just need to adjust the brightness a bit yet i think..

    Please more comments all great stuff..

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    When shooting an image like this the camera is exposing for the background and that is why your subject is very iunder exposed. Use flash for fill when shooting a subject like this.
     
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    I like how you brigtened the subject but I wish you had kept a bit of the background water. I think it gave a bit more to the photo than a white background. I didnt think that the horizon going through his head was that distracting.good work!
     
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    Agreed.

    Pete
     

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