My First Portraits (Part 1)...yes more to follow

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  1. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm joining the ranks of 1st portraits. You can tear me to shreds, but leave the model alone please.

    I wish I knew how you guys brighten/lighten the eyes, but all I did was a bit of the usual - crop, levels, curves, etc.

    1 - Okay, she was cold as a cucumber in the begining :neutral:....
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    2 - ...and one of the little doggie too :alien: (couldn't find a dog smilie).
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    3 - I think she felt prettier when I suggested a change of tops :lovey: ...
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    4 - ...and began to enjoy herself a bit more :wink: ...
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    5 - ...and I had to make a fart joke about my Dad to get her to actually laugh :lol:.
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    Thanks for looking and as always, your critiques are welcome.
     
  2. doobs

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    3, 4, 5 are a little dark.
    Nice job though.
     
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    She looks like a very interesting lady! The black top is a much better choice for the portraits (especially with the background you were using!). I had a quick play with one of them.

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    I adjusted it using levels and a screen layer just over the eyes at about 30% opacity. There are a gazillion tutorials on doing eyes-- try Google for more than you ever wanted to know. If I want to 'pop' the eyes, I will generally select the eyes and do a screen layer and/or a color dodge layer and adjust the opacities as needed.
     
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    I like #2.
     
  5. kundalini

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    Thanks doobs, JenR and petey

    JenR, thanks for the info. I will look it up. I like your enhancement. She's my Mom, so she is intersting me. She is a lovely lady regardless.
     
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    Shamelessly bumping to get more comments from the daytrippers. =)
     
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    it appears that you're only working with one light, but another light or even a reflector to lighten up the shadows on the opposite side of the light would help tremendously IMO (dont have a reflector, use an empty white pizza box)
     
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    Thanks sweet a.

    I did have two lights. An SB-800 in front and a SB-600 behind, both on patients left. (Sorry, a term used at work, but I'm sure you get my drift). Also had the use of a reflector - opposite side. The setup may not (obviously) been the best, but I tried. For the first time out, I'm not kicking myself.

    I was actually going for a shadowed side. Perhaps too shadowed.

    Next one should be better.

    Thanks for your comments.
     

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