High School Senior Portrait. CC Appreciated.

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  1. STiZzle2010

    STiZzle2010 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    First time I was asked to take a senior portrait. This young lady was in a crunch and needed a photo immediately otherwise she would not be in her yearbook. I'm always looking to improve my portraiture and would appreciate any feedback.

    f/2.5, 1/200th, ISO 125, flash fired.
    Taken with a Nikon D5500, Nikkor 50mm 1.8G lens, and edited in Lightroom.
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    - eyes are overdone
    - I would tone down the background a bit
    - and I would pose her differently. This way you made her leg and bottom more prominent then they should be
     
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    I think you have placed the subject too far to the left, and left too much BG above her head.

    So I cropped a bit more like this:

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  4. STiZzle2010

    STiZzle2010 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I like this crop a lot more!
     
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    I agree with Maria's comment on the background, and designer's crop is an improvement. That said, this is a good, solid portrait. The exposure is good, and I don't think the pose is bad (once you crop it). For a 'spur of the moment' shoot? Well done!
     
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  6. STiZzle2010

    STiZzle2010 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks. I can try toning the background down a bit more in Lightroom. Is it the exposure, vibrance, or saturation that you would reduce?
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I would probably do a curves adjustment to drop both brightness and saturation.
     
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  8. STiZzle2010

    STiZzle2010 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm not too familiar with curve adjustments but I'll play around. Thanks for the feedback!
     
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    I think the park background is rendered almost perfectly. I think I even see a duck in there! It's a nice, nice DOF effect, and the angle of view of the background landscape is wonderful.
     
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  10. STiZzle2010

    STiZzle2010 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you! Yes there were quite a few ducks and geese behind her in the grass and water. I was hoping that they wouldn't be a distraction lol.
     
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    In this quick 10-second adjustment, I cropped the image a little bit, then pulled the exposure down about .4 EV on everything, then created and adjustment brush to dodge with, and using about a 30mm diameter circle I dodged her face and hair, and the jeans and lightened them .23 EV. That lightened the jeans a bit, and the face, but left the background a little darker than it was in the original. I think if you were to go too dark on the background, it would look like a dull, ugly day.

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    That looks great and thank you for the explanation as well!
     
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