Studio portrait - Peggy

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  1. Jazz

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    All comments and critiques are welcome.


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  2. Big Mike

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    I'm just seeing an X
     
  3. Jazz

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    It's showing up on my monitor. Yikes! What to do? Must be sunspots!
     
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    Sorry, I wish I knew why I get the red X. Hope it works this time. Thanks for looking. All comments welcome.

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    I see it now :)

    Great lighting! I like the friendly expression.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There it is :D

    Nice lighting, nice expression....nice portrait. One thing that I think could be improved...is that the brightest part of the image...is her hand. Thus it draws attention that should otherwise be directed to her face.
     
  7. JonK

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    i like it...lovely tones and well lit...my suggestion would be a bit more separation btw subject and background ie brighten the BG a bit more.
     
  8. Jazz

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    Thanks Woodsac.

    Big Mike - excellent point, thanks. Sometimes we get so close to our photos we miss stuff, and I missed that. I will work on it.

    JonK - Good point, thank you. Here's the thing. I switch into sRGB to prepare images for web. Some of them look the same as in Adobe RGB, and some require re-color correcting. I always use save-for-web (in PS), which strips out the exif data and converts to sRGB. But once in a while, as on this shot, the upload still changes from what it looked like after save-for-web to how it looks on the forum. Wish I knew why that happens. I've been told that the forum software can be responsible for that shift, but don't know for sure. This image got a lot darker on the forum.

    My only guess is that, even in sRGB mode in PS, PS is using my monitor's profile and the web is not, and that impacts some photos more than others. If anyone knows for sure, please speak up.
     
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    I'm at work right now, so I can't be specific. When you go to 'save for web', in the upper right hand corner, there is a > dropdown menu. You have an option to save as document color...or something along those lines.

    I was having the same issue. Once I made the change, my web upload matches my monitor every time.
     
  10. Jazz

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    Woosac - Yes I found it. "Use document color profile". I need to understand this, so thanks for pointing it out.

    I just reprocessed my image and checked this option and re-uploaded my file. On the host site, it looks exactly the same as it did before. I think the problem is between my host site and TPF, so I need to do more research.

    Where is the section to ask TPF authorities about this? (i.e. Is the forum software doing something to the brightness or color?) Anyone?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Personally I use 'save as' and save as a jpeg...comes out lookin good and preserves the exif as well.
     
  12. Digital Matt

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    Looks great Jazz. I agree about the hand, but the pose is nice, so what can you do. Perhaps moving her hand back around the brim a tiny bit, so it is a bit behind the plane that her face is in. It would turn in towards her face a bit, and recieve a tiny bit less exposure. It's hard for me to say though. That might look really awkward. Overall, it's beautiful. I'm glad to see that you photographed an African American correctly, without underexposing. I work for a school photography company, and we just line them up and knock em down. There is no correction made for skin type, and obviously darker skin could use a 1/2 to a stop more exposure.

    As for the color. It looks good to me. What site are you using to host these images? I've heard people complain about sites like photobucket. Apparently those sites run some kind of script to resize and re-compress images, and it might be tossing out your color profile, or tagging with a different one. Who knows. I always upload my photos to my website, where I know nothing is changing. If you want to do a test, email me your picture saved directly from PS and I'll host it on my server and we can compare side by side.
     

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