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  1. bshearer

    bshearer TPF Noob!

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    Please critique this portrait of my son,

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    ISO - 800
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    I dont like the movemtn of his hand but at such a slow shutter speed
    I couldnt help it.
     
  2. Big Mike

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

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    I like the side lighting, very nice.

    A little bit of fill light on the other side might lessen the shadows on his face & hair.

    The composition seems off, the way his hand & apple are in the frame...seems weird. I think it would be better if his hand was down & out of the way...or if you included his whole arm so we could see where the hand is coming from. Also, the hand is casting a shadow back onto his shirt...does not look good.

    Definitely a good effort. I'd like to see more.
     
  3. bshearer

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    Here is another shot I have,
    Using the same background etc.. but I moved the light I had sitting behind him, up and to his left to highlight his hair, so I wasnt near as happy with the way the background turned out in this one.

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

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    Overall, I like this one much better. You are right though, the background needs a light as well. This one also seems to be missing catch lights in his eyes.

    I guess you are learning why pro portrait photographers use so many lights at once...main, fill, background, hair etc.

    Cute kid, by the way. :)
     
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    Is it me or are the skintones very yellow? I've seen other portraits that arent as yellow as this one so it couldn't be my crappy work monitor. Looks like maybe you're using continuous lighting and the white balance in your camera is off. Setting the white balance manually will yield far superior results to auto white balance.
     
  6. bshearer

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    His skin tones are pretty acurate.

    Here is a LINK

    to the setup of how I took the shot.
    Yes it was continous lighting, one homemade softbox, and one clamp on reflector, the same kind used in my softbox. The bulbs are simply 60Watt
    consumer Sylvian daylight bulbs.

    The fabirc for the backdrop I bought at JoAnns fabric, which by the way they are having a sell on that exact material this weekend for 1.99/yd
     
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    Well there is definately a goldish/yellow tint to the skin tones that looks unnatural to me. I would try a custom white balance.
     
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    Although I like the apple in #1, #2 seems like a better photo because of the shaddow issue. I'm no expert though. Cute kid, nice expressions.
     
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    Nikons software that came with the d70 is great for one button enhancement. Would take the yellow right out. Apple is a good touch.
     

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