WORKING ON portraits.........*LOOK*

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  1. oldnavy170

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    With this one I felt that Sepia worked best. Not sure if I really like the border or not. Anyways, since I have a real passion now for portraits I am working on improving them. Comments Welcomed!!!!

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    It seems like the wood background is more in focus than your subject's face. Also, I'm not a big fan of the border. The brown doesn't work well with the wood. I think a black border, albeit somewhat cliché, would give this portrait some contrast.
     
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    I agree with Everybodylikepie; her face isn't in focus. The border doesn't really bother me, but I don't think it adds anything either.

    But the one thing that really sticks out is how her face isn't sharp and in focus.
     
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    Agree with both posters above, face is out of focus, and the border is very distracting. Also the lighting is just so-so, but I like dramatic lighting on portraits.
     
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    I think thats my bad attempt at PS. I was trying to clear-up the skin. Is this one any better?

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    This is the original photo: Only cropped but no PS done.

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    :thumbup: I like the black border better.
     
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    I would defintely have to agree that the focus seems to have fallen on the fence (I presume) behind her.

    She has outright beautiful eyes - which I think could be exentuated on. Her glasses come so close to 'cutting' them that it is quite distracting. I really haven't studied portraiture at all - but another 'rule' (rules are meant to be broken right?) is that the nose shouldn't intersect the cheek line (uh-oh, said that wrong). Though it doesn't 'intersect' per say, I would have liked to either have seen all of her other eye or none of it.

    As long as she is a willing model - I would just focus on those eyes a bit more - :)
     
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    I don't think it matters what you do to this picture it is just an out of focus image no color combination is going to make it better.
     
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    I'm not sure the shape of her head works well with that angle because it makes the shape look a tad strange. At least to me. And the facial expression is almost "prison photo" like.
     
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    Thanks for all the comments. I will keep working on them.
     

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