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Keep Shooting! Photography Assignments (04 Feb 2013)
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Before and After
Jack closeup by nicumom22002 , on Flickr
This is after playing around with Photoshop Elements 10
I think I had the sharpening tool too high.
IMG_3969E by nicumom22002 , on Flickr
This is another shot from that day - and the mother had almost 170 likes on FB after the first hour - which was most likely just due to having cute kids and nothing to do with quality of photo.
IMG_3757E by nicumom22002 , on Flickr
At this one, again, i posted the images in your post right away from Flickr.
So, the critiques
Looks a bit like you've went too close with the camera so you got out of the focus distance. Maybe a little bit higher and you had everything tac sharp... somehow when i see the full image, i am like.. hmm.. looks a little off... (could be me)
Also, the eyes are editted i can see.. if this is what you were going for than its Okay. But if you shot this for the family or something like that, i think it would be better for the next time to keep the eyes as real as posibly. You can always try to get a little light at them to make them more clear, but if you have editted these eyes, they are a bit too much in my opinion.
I like the way you were going with the composition. Thinking outside the box and doing something different. +1 for that
Nice image. Yes, did too much with the sharpening tool But for the next time, try to get rid from the "Dirty" material around them, so get yourself leveled at them and zoom a bit in and try not to cut body parts like heads, arms, hands. I think that would be stronger.
Already critiqued that in your other post.
Just for the record. A image is taken so the image did not failed. I only try to give my personal opinion in what you could do and what you could think about next time. Please don't get me wrong by my opinion.
Eyes: How do you edit eyes to make them more "clear?" I'm curious to learn.
2nd shot in front of barn - yes I thought about cutting off legs in the picture - and I think I do have some from a lower level.
I appreciate your opinions Roy. My feelings will never be hurt from positive feedback - I'm a Cazillion to learn from others. I appreciate your time, thanks!!
First image: I quite like the idea of getting in close and getting rid of any distracting elements so well done for that. I like the soft skin too. A couple of things I would have tweaked are the highlights look a little bright to me; this is a personal thing and I would have brought the highlight slider in Camera Raw down a little. I also don't like the eyes very much. I know what you are trying to do by making them pop and the intentions are good but here, they look much too over-sharp and false.
Second Image: Move back, get down to their level and zoom in with a wide aperture - that is all. There are way too many distractions in the photo with the barn at the back and the plants at the sides. Remember that you are photographing the children - not the children, the barn, the plants and the kitchen sink. Very Irish looking children I might add.
Third Image: Nice shot, very sweet, natural looking pose. Again, the same as the image above - move back, zoom in and use a wider aperture to get a nice blurred background. Also, with glasses wearers, watch that there are no reflections in their glasses as there slightly appears to be here.
Thanks for sharing and keep shooting!
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