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12/22/2006 12:07:32 PM · #1
I am a total newbie to digital photography and have entered a couple of challenges with average score in the 5's. Recently I entered the pet challenge with a photo of a grey-headed flying fox orphan which I am rearing. Main constructive comment were:

1. Lighting seems too harsh and too close/intrusive. A much 'gentler' image would likely have given this an edge in my opinion. Variation in the background fabric too, although the color is quite nice. Not sure on the black frame.

2. lighting is a bit harsh and DOF is a bit shallow ... what a cutie though ...

3. Great photo, I just wished you would have taken advantage of this challenge being an Advanced Editing challenge, and would have edited out the bright reflection on his eyes.

I know I have so much to learn especially regarding post processing. I would love to see how others would have presented my photo for the comp. ie. with post processing. Guess I a dumb but I need to see what people mean cause I don't understant the technical stuff eg. "DOF" what's that?

Photo I am refering to can be found at: //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=435607

This is a genuine request for advice and suggestions, please reply with your post.l
12/22/2006 12:08:53 PM · #2
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The DoF comments are saying they wish you had used a smaller aperture setting so that more of the beast would have been in focus.

Message edited by author 2006-12-22 12:09:50.
12/22/2006 12:13:06 PM · #3
is this the original or did you crop at all? might be good to see an unedited original... :0)
12/22/2006 12:19:11 PM · #4
Hi there ... I'm the one who commented: lighting is a bit harsh and DOF is a bit shallow ... what a cutie though ... ...

DOF is depth of field ... in your shot her nose isn't really in focus compared to the eyes and forehead ... I wanted to see the whole face in the same amount of sharpness ... the harsh shadows behind her head lead me to believe that the 'on camera' flash was used ... that usually produces harsh results ... if you have to use the on-camera flash you'd be better off to move your subject farther away from the wall and the camera to help eliminate the harsh light that comes from that flash ...

hope this helps ... I am also a newbie and struggle with my lighting ... keep reading the forums and ask questions ... it'll get easier!

12/22/2006 12:35:57 PM · #5
thanks for such quick replys and assistance, all suggestions are taken on board and no offence will ever be taken :) am now attempting to put a link to the original photo untouched........
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also here is another original, more in soft focus which I was originally going to use for this challenge:
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Message edited by author 2006-12-22 12:41:30.
12/22/2006 12:37:49 PM · #6
nah! can't seem to get picks to show, did something wrong....not just a bad photographer but a forum failure too :P
12/22/2006 12:39:33 PM · #7
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Here are your thumbs. Hit the thumbnail button and enter the ID number only in the dialog box.

12/22/2006 12:40:27 PM · #8
hey thanks you are a genius - I even managed to fix my original post

Message edited by author 2006-12-22 12:42:07.
12/22/2006 02:06:52 PM · #9
hmmm... well, I like the second shot much better- cuter and the background is less distracting (which is probably why you cropped so tight!) I know the bars are distracing in the second but I still prefer it. :0)

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