A&P First attempt at portraits C&C please

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  1. QWIKSNK

    QWIKSNK New Member

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    C&C please

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    Technically I'd say they look pretty good, I'm not a huge fan of the poses.

    2nd looks a tad bit too airbrushed IMO
     
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    Hyperite Vagina Junction OT Supporter

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    first seems focused on her knee, rather than face :dunno: or that you don't have a steady hand
     
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    yea, I just checked it out, I missed the focus a little on the first, I was trying to focus on the eyes, but I still need some work.
     
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    Better?

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    Here is another one I liked, but again, I missed the focus, If its not raining out tomorrow when she gets out of work, ill drag her out again for some more practice

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    Hyperite Vagina Junction OT Supporter

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    she seems an awkward young lass
     
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    most anyone asked to pose in front of a newb photog with little to no direction or feedback would be
     
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    any good sites to check out about posing people? and taking better portraits in general?
     
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    There is a book I just picked up called "Capture The Portrait". Im about half way through it and is really easy to follow. Jenni Binder is the author. Got it from Barns & Noble.
     
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    In pic 2, her hair is coming down the not seen side of her face and it is giving her a beard
     
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    Not bad, but her poses and expressions look forced.
     
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    QWIKSNK New Member

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    I didnt really give her any direction on how to pose, but she did have a crappy day at work, and I forced her to go out and do the shoot when she got home (I just got my flash, so I wanted to get some practice) so she didnt really want to be there (you can really tell in some of the shots i didnt post).

    My main goal was to get the lighting right, then get some good C&C and try again.
     
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    Fair enough, I think the lighting is good. The second one is underexposed though. It usually doesn't look good if you have a portfolio of portraits where the exposure is drastically different from shot to shot.
     
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    awesome, i'll keep this in mind.
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    Contrast in the original one you posted is better than this one. This one looks flat.

    But the airbrushing part is fixed :o
     
  17. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    is that the original? the contrast between her and the background is awesome.
     
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    not quite, but kinda close. It was shot about 30 mins before sunset (sun directly behind her, On camera 430ex for fill flash)

    In ACR, i used + 4 sat and + 4 vibrance, kicked the contrast up a tiny bit (although I dont know if I did it in the 2nd one (the one you quoted) )

    I used this method for the skin http://www.sxc.hu/blog/post/924

    Then i turned that layer down to 20% opacity, and 20% fill (original one is at 50% opacity and 50% fill)

    Im still not real skilled with PP, so I try to do as little as possible
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    ahh ok. yeah the skin in the first did look a bit overdone, but colors were better than in the second. but in both she looks great against that background.

    and yeah I usually don't do any PP:o the first couple months I was shooting, I spent more time in photoshop than I did with the camera
     
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    How is this one?

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    I added a bit more contrast and brightness in ACR, then re-did the smoothing on the skin, but I think you can tell a little bit more on this one that I was using direct flash? :dunno:

    I really need to get a non-glossy monitor, and calibrate it. Things look so different between day and night. But there are a lot of things I feel i "need" :hsd: First I NEED some skill ;)

    Edit: I didnt run NN on this one, I did on the first 2, which I think helps with the smoothing of the skin
     
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    Ran NN on this one (same as the one above), might look a little too much like the one in the original post now, but with a bit better exposure?)

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    I really appreciate everyones comments :big grin:
     
  22. Mighty_Zeus

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    I would have to agree that in general they are not all that bad :bigthumb:

    I keep wanting to say something about lighting, but, I don't really think that is it. Her reflective headband is annoying as fuck though.

    Picture #3 is maybe a little too warm.

    Not bad mate. Not for first go-round.
     
  23. BumbleBeeTuna

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    kind of looks like lexi belle in the 2nd pic. KIND OF.
     
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    I think I like this one best.
     
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    I like this one best so far, just tone down the strength on the NN by like 25-40%

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