No longer a newbie, moving up!
- Dec 16, 2015
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Yes, it's cute. As I wrote in the other thread, it would be better if your subject's face was at least partially turned toward the camera. You've got some very nice tones going in the folds of the dress, and the upper half of your subject in backlight is working, but then her feet in heavy shade kind of spoil the effect. I also like the way the background is very subdued in darkness, with only a hint of foliage in sunlight. The frame is quite static, with your subject centered in the frame. Please note; I am NOT hinting that you should try to compose based on the so-called "rule of thirds", as that is largely misunderstood and often misapplied. However, some asymmetrical balance with the subject (partially) turned toward the camera would go a long way toward making this a truly memorable shot.
Designer's point about the feet in heavy shade is the salient one for me...that area needs some careful dodging to bring it up a little brighter. I think the concept of the shot though is solid...and no facial view or partial view is needed. I do think that the exact degree of local contrast needs some fine-tuning...the tone curve is the thing I would adjust, considering the shadows, the darks, the lights, and the highlights; these are the way Lightroom categorized the tonal values associated with the Tone Curve...this image needs a a very slightly tweaked Tone Curve setting to maximize its potential.
Don't feel like you have to become skilled at Photoshop in order to become a well-rounded photographer. Photoshop has a steep learning curve, and it's not for everybody. As to how much to edit, I usually say the essential edits are straightening and cropping. More is nice, but those two things are what I would do before I showed any particular photograph to anyone.I could get slapped on the hand for this, but the only thing I'm using to edit at the moment is the standard edit options on my iPad.