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Forum: Photo Critique 10-28-2011, 08:59 PM  
People First Yearbook/Photoshop Attempt
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 21
Views: 2,868
too much PP
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-17-2011, 09:05 AM  
Not Work-Safe Black girl nude
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 18
Views: 34,323
thanks comes in all shades for sure.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2011, 10:27 AM  
Not Work-Safe Black girl nude
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 18
Views: 34,323
wow, I totally didnt realize I got all the positive comments this post/pics. Thanks....8 months later :)
Forum: Photo Critique 04-12-2011, 12:05 PM  
People It Always Starts With Pizza...
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 15
Views: 4,906
Nice to see you rounded up some new talent. Nice effort. Watch the hair light, its a bit hot in some of your shots creating high lights on her face.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-12-2011, 12:01 PM  
NSFW... Heat of the Moment
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 10
Views: 3,954
Interesting "grab shoot." Last time i did that my girl friend slapped me on the back of the head.
Forum: Sold Items 03-04-2011, 09:27 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA 50mm 1.4; DA 18-55mm kit lens; SMC tak 200mm F4 (CONUS)
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 14
Views: 5,894
pm sent
Forum: Photo Critique 03-01-2011, 02:58 PM  
People Am I Closer?
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 11
Views: 2,887 shouldn't be getting any camera shake if your using strobe. If your using tungsten light bump up the shutter to at 1/120.
Forum: Sold Items 03-01-2011, 11:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Spotmatic+55mm; s-m-cTakumar 28mm;s. takumar 135mm;18-55mmALII;M42/K adap (Wor
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 8
Views: 3,550
pm sent for 18-55
Forum: Photo Critique 12-15-2010, 02:49 PM  
People Kathryn.....Potential?
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 14
Views: 2,451
Yes, Rupert I know the girls like to be retouched and look flawless, I faced with this weekend and week out.

But, flawless skin can be done while maintaining good skin texture, highlights, and shadowing.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-15-2010, 12:16 PM  
People Kathryn.....Potential?
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 14
Views: 2,451
^^^ I agree^^^^

There are much better "skin" plugins
Forum: Photo Critique 12-14-2010, 12:12 PM  
People A friend
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 15
Views: 5,045
Skin tone could be worked, but I think its about the best its going to look.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-14-2010, 12:07 PM  
People Snapshot Portrait
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 19
Views: 4,517
A tighter crop might even be better.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-30-2010, 02:58 PM  
Not Work-Safe PuntaCana 1
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 6
Views: 1,531
i thought she was nude on the beach....
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-30-2010, 02:53 PM  
Not Work-Safe Black girl nude
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 18
Views: 34,323
Thanks, that is what I was looking for, great skin that also has texture.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-27-2010, 04:30 PM  
Not Work-Safe Next round
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 12
Views: 2,739
Well, well, what a blast of eye candy!!

I thought I was on Model Mayhem for a few moments...;)
Forum: Photo Critique 11-27-2010, 02:01 PM  
People Black Tuesday.....
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 17
Views: 6,141
Rupert there are many ways to B&W conversion

1. Channel mixer - run through the B/w presets
2. Black and white - again, check out the presets
3. Gradient map - I personnaly find the first two to give me more options and better results
4. Hue saturation
5. Almost every image also requires some change in the contrast using levels or curves..

However, my favorite is the Nik Silver Efx plugin; this is hands down the best B&W plugin out there.

Send me a few hi-res images to play with and can post some examples...:)

Rubert, I know your getting an overwhelming amount of advice. I think you should focus on the technical aspects of lighting (it needs to be cleaner) & PP (less & more natural)

Leave the styling & posing too your models...for now.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-26-2010, 08:17 PM  
People fashion show
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 13
Views: 3,836
I noticed you used 1/60 shutter speed. Doing so, shooting a model moving down the catwalk you'll be lucky if you get any sharp images.

As far as styling...looks no better or worse than a local small fashion show
Forum: Photo Critique 11-26-2010, 12:50 PM  
People Black Tuesday.....
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 17
Views: 6,141
Rupert one of the issues you are dealing with in "skin retouch" is your model has freckles. Retouching faces with freckles can be very tedious. If you use PP for removing freckles instead of pre-shoot (makeup) you will always end up with fake looking retouched skin.

When we shoot girls with freckles, it is decided before shooting if freckles will show or not.

Oh...for some reason, most girls hate their freckles showing in these type of pics...which also leads to too much PP to keep them happy.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-25-2010, 10:53 AM  
People Black Tuesday.....
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 17
Views: 6,141
Nice effort Rupert. You might watch those "angles" when doing those tighter headshots. Also, I think you should ditch the "classic portraiture" multi-lighting scemes and use one light/reflector with a light colored background.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-20-2010, 11:32 PM  
People Pure Innocence
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 20
Views: 5,082
Yes, and this is typical for an inexperienced "newbie" model. She hasn't learned how to "engage" the camera yet.

I usually tell the model - the camera is a really hot guy that you just meet" - usually that will get that "sparkle" that is missing.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-20-2010, 08:04 PM  
People Fashion Shoot
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 12
Views: 3,006
Well, this really isn't fashion, its glamour. That being said, these shots have some "styling issues" (hair & MU).

For my taste, the PP is a little heavy handed, especially on the skin.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-19-2010, 10:58 AM  
How much distortion in portraits is ok?
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 15
Views: 4,353
I use a 50mm & 55mm all the time for "beauty" work. The more you use it, the better you'll get an using the perspective to your advantage. Slight changes is angle can create slight changes in facial features.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2010, 11:00 AM  
Lensbaby vs Photoshop
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 3
Views: 2,681
I can be done in Photoshop, but it is a tedious process.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-05-2010, 09:02 PM  
People Natural...or Not?
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 20
Views: 5,036
Rupert your main light would be directed towards the model, the foamcore will bounce(fill) in the shadow on the opposite side.

good luck!!

Actually, most all "beauty work" is done with one light & fill cards, on the model. The addition of a hair light is usually only used for "hairstyle beauty" shots.

Now classic portraiture lighting is a different animal, but since your subjects are young girls, I think the "beauty" approach is more appropriate.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-05-2010, 01:23 PM  
Which prime lenses would work well?
Posted By ramair455
Replies: 9
Views: 3,311
There are a many too choose from; it depends on your budget...

How do you like you Sigma 50mm? I have the 28 1.8 and love it!
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