Too Dark?

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  1. FuryofNature

    FuryofNature TPF Noob!

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    This photo is really dark. But I like the way the red light in the back comes through and makes like a sihlohette kinda effect. Is it too dark for this to work? Or does it work even though its dark?

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    yes, too dark
     
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    I think the darkness and red tone make this photo stand out actually. Rather than his face being the point of interest (which I believe it would be if it were brighter), my focus points more to the overall situation the photo was taken in and gives me a great feel for the event. Nice job!
     
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    i agree.
    how about posting one 1/2 step or so lighter just for comparison.
     
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    Too dark for me; all we have of the singer's face is a black shape of mouth, the black shape of the mic and the black shape of the mic's shadow covering the rest of the face.

    I like a darkened image sometimes, but in this case, for me, some detail in the singer's face would give this shot a lot more character. Is it possible to lighten enough to at least omit the mic's shadow? :)

    I like the movement of the guitar, and agree the halo of red light around the head is very effective. :thumbup:
     
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    I understand what you were going for here, but I still think its too dark. I think if you can alleviate some of the shadow on the face and some mic shadow, you would get a better shot. Try giving it a little PS love and see if you can lighten it up just a little.
     
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    How do I make it a 1/2 step lighter? Ill see what I can do in Photoshop.
     
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    sorry, if you have PS CS, use the shadow/highlight option.
     
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    not bad! try this: mask off the highlights in the hair and inverse the selection...then perform the same shadow/highlight adjustments to the remaining. this will give you the adjusted overall level changes without blowing out the hair. :)
     
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    I don't know how to do that. It's ote if anyone would like to show me what they would do to make it better.
     
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    I agree...1/2 stop would be perfect...

    (Is that John Mayer?)
     

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