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Posted By: Christopher M.W.T, 04-09-2010, 06:43 AM

A few photos I've taken recently, I've started tinkering with Post Processing to improve portraits.

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04-09-2010, 07:12 AM   #2
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your face is a little dark in the first. I like the 2nd a bit more than the 3rd. The lighting on the 4th is a little harsh on the left side. 5th is just cute. Undecided on the last two. But great series overall, better than i could do
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Thanks. Yer the 3rd is my least favourite, the 4th one I intentionally went for harsh lighting but it was a bit more harsh than I wanted.
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Great series, I really like the lighting you used on these shots.

Well done!

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My critical eye seems to increase proportionately to alcohol, or maybe i am just more opinionated either way probably still wrong.
Maybe if you bump the highlights a little in the 4th.
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I really like these, what exactly did you do in PP?

Also, what lighting did you use?
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2nd one is nice !

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Pardon my typing I am currnently under the influence of 10mg of Stilnox (taken before bed for insomnia) I am testing how strong it is and how much of It I can fight, so far I am doing very well. That's not so good as I am depending on this medication to let me sleep on long distance flights from here to Europe....NBUT! now .....

Post Prodictioon, believe it not was done primarely in LR where I just experimented with a few of the presets *& adjustments to get something I liked. I was doing extra work on one in phootshop which continued to crash every time I tried to export from LR, drove me nuts.

the young girl is my niece, that was just simply desaturate, then use curves...trying to achieve some high key B&W effect, I fllowed a tutorial for it, using radial blurring.

The last 2 were older ones I took months ago (i slept with that girl to i must admit, she came onto me) either that the original photos were pretty lame so I decided to process and see if I could make them more interesting which I did. Just played with the colour, saturation, used radial blurring on layers and blending masking.

Well on the ones of me, I just use my AF540 flash off camera wirelessly, some shots were with a cheap stofen others were without and I did try one with just bouncing the light off the wall behind me. To be honest I really know quite know what i'm doing but I was happy with that I pulled up. And oh yeah the other lighting was just the usual in house lights.

I also used the 540 on wireless p-ttl worked rpetty well! give that flash love.
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C.W., have you checked out the work of Steve Pyke? I've found his work to provide a lot of inspiration in how to compose and frame the face in a simple yet powerful way.

When it comes down to three-quarter length portraits things can get tricky with hands and such, and its important to get these things looking exactly right.
With the girl portraits at the bottom, I would've liked to have seen a straight-on portrait with her face resting on her hands gripping the chair-back. Your photos have made me see this, and maybe it could work. Just an idea.
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No I haven't but I will. To be honest on purpose I try not to look at any elses work but It's to get inspiration.

For me the biggest thing I need to work on is LIGHTING! It's my main area of weakness.
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#1, #2 and #4 seem to have a double image or shadow to the right side...not sure if it was it's not very distinct but it's distracting a little bit to see it there.
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Yer it was unintentional, I left it to see how it'd look but I may try removing it in photoshop.
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nicely done!!!

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