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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
See, the reality is that you can't be all things to all people.

Every good photographer I know has developed a style of his, or her, own. That style typically helps them to communicate what they feel is important in the images they create. It's fine to experiment, important to experiment, but I would suggest working towards a style that is uniquely yours, a style that you feel comfortable with and that expresses your take on how these images should look like, what they should say and how they should say it.

Just be confident about the YOU, the rest will follow.
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OK, boy8cookie. Here's my belated critiques.

Originally Posted by boy8cookie View Post
This is a great shot that could use some more separation of subject and background. Ideally the background should have been out of focus. A creative treatment of this would be to desaturate the background as it is already very grey and dull and turn up the contrast and saturation on the seagull. You can achieve this with layers and masks in photoshop. I'd crop out the bottom ledge too, and probably the left edge there too. If you don't want to do it yourself, let me know and I'll do a quick mockup for you.

Originally Posted by boy8cookie View Post
This is already pretty good. I'd take of some of the dark edge behind his head for a better composition and up the exposure a bit. I'd also shop out the seat in front of him as cropping it out would ruin the composition and diminish the "story".

Originally Posted by boy8cookie View Post
Crop (no surprise here?) away the left side so the front chair leg frames the subject. You have a tendency (as with most budding photographers) to put the subject very close to the centre. See how he is looking towards the right? You want to give him much more space in the subject's line of sight. Everything behind him is irrelevant.

As I said you are on the right track, (interesting) photos should (mostly) tell a story and you are well on your way to achieving this!

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Originally Posted by ARENA View Post
Needs more lensflare

Seriously, is there any point in critiquing your photos? You are way above and beyond most of us already

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OK guys. Have at my girlfriend again


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Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
Here's another one from me...

I see what you are going for here (the handcoloured look), but this isn't working for me. Too "touristy"? I don't know. That's just my subjective opinion though.

Objectively it is framed fine, minus the distracting bits at the bottom that either needs to be more in frame or cropped away. You can also see that there has been some chromatic aberration around the trees from a blown out sky. It's also apparent at the edge of the hill, although that might just be hard edges from the colouring.

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Originally Posted by glideslope View Post
Great capture, but the composition is a bit off. Shame the lens wasn't pointed slightly more downwards

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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
The blur needs to be cropped away where it starts to get too distracting on the left there.
Cue the anti-cropping mob

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May 6, 2008, 01:39 AM
 
That would be her makeup - and was done purely for the "shoot". The shoot being us playing around with makeup and lights after the "real model" shoot had finished.

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Originally Posted by ARENA View Post
One of the few images of yours I am not feeling the love for. Probably because a: I see what you did there and b: because that lead to the shot loking artificial. Just, for me, not in a way I like.
     
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Originally Posted by glideslope View Post
Nice shot. Composition is a bit off, but I suspect that you only had a second or so to get it into the camera. Also, the blacks are cold, at least on my screen. If you have the RAW file then you might be able to rescue some detail there.
     
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Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
OK guys. Have at my girlfriend again

Too many distractions for me in what needs to be a very simple shot. I'd personally either crop far tighter or would chose a different background. I know you were just playing about, but for a fashion or beauty shot the hair would need serious attention and the t-shirt needs proper fitting.
     
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Little Portugal, Toronto

Desaturated, with a 50% dark red layer.
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Too many distractions for me in what needs to be a very simple shot. I'd personally either crop far tighter or would chose a different background. I know you were just playing about, but for a fashion or beauty shot the hair would need serious attention and the t-shirt needs proper fitting.
Very true. That bar going through her is absolutely disgusting

But yes, this was simply playing about. The loose top even stemming from being dressed for study while coming down to the shoot as it finished. Only the makeup and lighting were arranged here. No fashion, no direction - just playing around.

I reckon this shot is better (from about 10 taken in less than thirty seconds as we were packing up), but I decided to post the medium shot instead as this is far to similar in composition and pose to the earlier ones I posted:



If neither falls in taste there are more experimental ones to be found on my photostream.

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^^ Yeah, that's much more like it. Hair still lanky, but I can see how and why you took that shot.
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
^^ Yeah, that's much more like it. Hair still lanky, but I can see how and why you took that shot.
I agree. This picture tells a much clearer story than the longer shot. And it's a cool story too.

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Lake Huron, again.
     
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Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
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Really like the tonality in this. Great skin tones, great eyes.
     
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Thank you. It's amazing what curves can do to an image, the original for this was very dull and grey.

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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post


Lake Huron, again.
Not liking this as much as the first one. Whereas the grey sky contributed to a mysterious foggy quality of the first one and was excellent use of negative space, here it's more of a grey mass that doesn't do much for me. Also I find the log distracting. If it were shopped out it would have been a better composition. I love the reeds in the corner though. Very classic. The grass in the other corner provides a nice balance too.

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Yeah, I know. The fog was pretty nondescript. I took a look at the RAW file, to see if there was anything in there, but it was just dull.
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Really like the tonality in this. Great skin tones, great eyes.
And … interesting hair tones. Does she dye her hair blue, or is that the curves playing in?
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Really like the tonality in this. Great skin tones, great eyes.
Weird. I was going to say that I liked the young photo, but the eyes in the old one where messed up.

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Originally Posted by James L View Post
Weird. I was going to say that I liked the young photo, but the eyes in the old one where messed up.

The beauty of art!
Hey! Her eyes are really like that. Extremely minimal post production in her eyes. And certainly no colouring/saturation.

So blame it on nature if you must

As for the blueness of the hair I believe that to be the outdoor light mostly. Gray hair can also take on a blueish shine in bright light.

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Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
Hey! Her eyes are really like that. Extremely minimal post production in her eyes. And certainly no colouring/saturation.

So blame it on nature if you must
Sure. It's gotta be somebody's fault.

     
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Originally Posted by Goldfinger View Post
My grandmother

Excellent tonality and dynamic range. I would have moved grandmother to the left though.
A few cold areas, but it looks that might have been caused by the adding of a vignette?
     
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Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
That! is an awesome shot! It looks painted almost! Very kewl!
Thx, the painted look was somewhat the look I was somewhat going for.

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I agree, Goldfinger, it's a great shot. Looks like it was shot during late afternoon?
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Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
Add some painterly affects and a little editing and you could sell lithograph
"reproductions" of it as a rare but important work from an unnamed famous
painter.
lol

Actually, Oreo, It was shot at 10 in the evening. Lit by a speedlight on the right shot through a white translucent umbrella + one speedlight on the left shot straight up, into the ceiling with a CTO filter to give an orange cast + the normal lights were on for added orange-ness. Whitebalance was set on flash (to match the speedlight on the right).
+ some aperture+photoshop wizardry obviously.

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My grandmother

I really, really love the atmosphere you captured here. It really pulled me in and made me wonder what she's thinking at the moment you shot this. Really beautiful.
     
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And see, no obvious post production.
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
And see, no obvious post production.
Eeeeooowwww...



Heh...

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Originally Posted by Jawbone54
I like the action you’ve managed to capture here, but those lights shining through the curtain are distracting. The whites of the gis are outblown, which obscures some detail, especially around the feet of the guy on the right.

But overall, I like it.
     
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Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
Please stop derailing the thread.
...or I'll cuff you.

Just kidding. I felt compelled, and don't know why.

Additionally, I'm currently editing/uploading a few more pictures from a shoot on Monday. Less evident editing, Mastrap.



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That standing in a field of flowers scenario works better for chicks than for guys.
     
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The thing that stands out the most in both those pictures?

Her teeth. They’re too white. She ends up looking too much like Colgate ad material. Especially the first one, it almost looks like she has dentures in that one.

Apart from that, they’re both good. If you make her head a bit lighter in the first one, so it doesn’t ‘blend’ into the dark shadows behind her, you’re home safe.
     
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I'm off portraits for a bit:


Hey! Rule of thirds!
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Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
Her teeth. They’re too white. She ends up looking too much like Colgate ad material. Especially the first one, it almost looks like she has dentures in that one.
What's crazy about that is that she's probably the only subject whose teeth I didn't whiten. She's had incredibly bright teeth the whole time I've known her, and it's also a possibility that she's been using the infamous Crest white strips since her senior session has been coming up.

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What do you do in Aperture? Is it capable of doing anything significant or
unique? I have it as a gift from the Apple center here but I never installed
it - thinking it was just a browser and cataloger.
Well Aperture is a RAW convertor as well. For this picture I used it to change the whitebalance (this pic was made out of 2 conversions with a different white balance), definition and especially the vignette. The vignette feature in Aperture (2.1 not 1.5) is really awesome.
For most pictures I don't even touch Photoshop anymore.

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Sharpening, curves and touch-ups is what I use Photoshop for still. Everything else Aperture handles like a charm.

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Aperture is the second-best app on the Mac in my opinion, second only to iTunes. It's that revolutionary. The way I work with it has nothing to do how I used to work with iView Media Pro (which is a cataloging app, nothing more).

For the wedding album I've prepared for a friend of mine, I've had to use Pixelmator only on three pictures to photoshop them: I had to flip one (took three seconds), photoshop out someone's acne (took an hour) and make a complex color correction with layers. For all others (about 200 good ones), I used Aperture. It revolutionizes the way you work with pictures if you let it to its job. It takes care of backups, it doesn't waste space with its non-destructive editing and Aperture 2 is very fast on my humble ProBook.

A friend of mine took this great shot during a trip in Tôkyô:


Now a few of my own. All of them were taken on a two-week trip to Kyôto.

At a yakitori place downtown. Yummy!


Temple after the hike through the red tori


At the Imperial Palace in the middle of Kyôto.
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Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post
Temple after the hike through the red tori
Lovely shot. Evocative as anything.
     
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Lovely shot. Evocative as anything.
Seconded. Love that one.
     
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