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Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart 945
Location: Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee
Date: Sep 10, 2005
Aperture: 3.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/360
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 10, 2005

I'm not a portrait photographer, but I'm trying to learn. Miss Amy is a very good friend who doesn't mind me taking photo's. She's a great model and very patient with me! I increased the saturation and contrast, otherwise this is straight out of the camera.

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09/21/2005 07:06:08 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

You are lucky to have such a photogenic friend, who doesn't mind posing for you.

My suggestions for this very nice picture generally follow the lines of your other commenters. Crop each side into the shoulder and even just a tiny bit at the head. This would take away some of the feeling of a 'snapshot'.

If you redid this portrait, I would suggest less depth of field to blur out the background even more, or even to select a background that was more neutral.

Again, on a redo, having your subject gaze into the distance, either left or right, could add interest, and by all means, move the camera left or right and "up". Full face is seldom as flattering as a slight side view. A camera angle slightly down will help conceal any less than youthful chin lines.

Finally, I think a diffuser, or piece of aluminum foil reflecting back on one side of the face or the other would add a bit of fill light that could be interesting and make Miss Amy's face sparkle.

You have a great model here, and for someone who says he isn't a portrait photographer, you're doing pretty well for a first timer.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 11:15:35 PM
nice shot wish she was off to the side a bit and maybe a touch of added contrast to make her stand out more. Pretty good though!
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09/17/2005 04:24:33 AM
The first thing I notice is the cross which seems to have a mysterious dark shadow around it.
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09/15/2005 10:13:28 PM
For me, this would have greater interest if cropped in from the left to her shoulder - giving it a bit more interest than having the subject in the center of the photo. I like the lighting on the hair. Nice shot of a pretty lady.
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09/14/2005 12:37:22 PM
The background likghting is a little harsh for my taste. I also think if you posed her other than straight on to create some diagional lines it would have helped the composition.
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09/14/2005 05:20:51 AM
You have a very nice looking model. This photo could be improved by moving her at a more interesting angle, possibly getting yourself in a position a bit higher than your model. This usually gives a more flattering angle than straight on. The depth of field is very good . The shadows on her eyes not so good. The eyes should have some light in them to bring life to the portrait. You could possible use some fill flash here, if it wasn't too bright or a better choice would be a relector to bounce the light back into her face. PM me if you need any information on this technique, I would love to assit if I could.
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09/14/2005 01:34:13 AM
I like your lighting, I would play with moving the subject around in the photo if it were mine.
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09/13/2005 12:48:12 PM
try taking/cropping vertically, see what you think, and a tripod or more steady support.
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09/12/2005 07:33:28 PM
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09/12/2005 07:05:41 PM
Background is lovely...so is her smile. It looks like a snapshot, though. Next time try to play with the crop/composition/angle.
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09/12/2005 12:48:19 PM
The lighting here was really good, but the position of the model in the shot doesnt really give it a portrait feel, but rather more like a snapshot. Try shooting your model off center next time.
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09/12/2005 11:03:57 AM
Too much background. With advanced editing, you could have done so much more to make this a more flattering shot. This is just too flat.
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09/12/2005 09:32:29 AM
Very Nice shot! The only thing I would do is crop tighter so the nice background doesn't distract from her.
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09/12/2005 12:59:07 AM
Very nice, natural shot. The red flowers on her shirt are a bit distracting, and her eyes should have been more in focus, I do however like the DOF. Good luck ~Roni
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