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    Re: Creative portrait editing help

    Whats up with the +5 exposure compensation? I like the idea otherwise. I agree with Scott about it being on the warm side.


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                          • #12
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                            Re: Creative portrait editing help

                            Quote Originally Posted by dh photography View Post
                            Thank you all so much for your feedback and advice!! So cool to have so many good and genuine people here to call friends.

                            I'll upload the original sonic in a few to give you an idea of where I started. Definitely too bright from the start. Had set up everything to be in the shade of the overcast skies but as we were just about to shoot the sun came back out. I tried waiting a bit but the cloud cover that came back was too thin. Had to time it just right before she was squinty from the light. Did not use the external flashes but did have them ready for the shot originally.

                            I think ill go back to the original and start again on two differing directions. Hopefully I can eliminate the burnouts and get a more even tone as I lower the exposure around the perimeter like the 2nd image.
                            Take some make shift shade if possible next time to alleviate any possible lack of cloud .

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                            As you guys can see, there wasn't much done right on the original. LOL! I set this up way to fast in the front yard so I could see what my idea would like like on camera before she off to a friends. I am SOOOO glad that the girl I was shooting had to postpone. Here is a remarkable example of why practice is necessary!!

                            My thought was to shoot at f/2.8, but that sun stopped that. I also had to try to keep the face from being completely burnt out so the overall exposure does't match.

                            Having so many friends willing to pour out some of their skills and knowledge is a blessing. I'm excited that it seems the concept is really going to work, and between seeing the final results and getting such diverse and detailed pointers; I cannot wait to try this again this Sunday!
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                            Creative portrait editing help
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                            As you guys can see, there wasn't much done right on the original. LOL! I set this up way to fast in the front yard so I could see what my idea would like like on camera before she off to a friends. I am SOOOO glad that the girl I was shooting had to postpone. Here is a remarkable example of why practice is necessary!!

                            My thought was to shoot at f/2.8, but that sun stopped that. I also had to try to keep the face from being completely burnt out so the overall exposure does't match.

                            Having so many friends willing to pour out some of their skills and knowledge is a blessing. I'm excited that it seems the concept is really going to work, and between seeing the final results and getting such diverse and detailed pointers; I cannot wait to try this again this Sunday!
                            With that exposure you should be able to edit it with out blowing any highlights.

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                            Re: Creative portrait editing help

                            You needed a reflector on her dark side or a flash turned way down and softened. Then color correct, bring forward the colors, and your white of the dress just needs a little pop.
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                            Re: Creative portrait editing help

                            As @Moab Man says a reflector would definitely have helped.
                            On top of that a diffuser above her to softent the sunlight would have given less harsh shadows and an even light distribution.

                            Enjoy Sunday - if you are lucky it could be overcast with even lighting.
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                            Creative portrait editing help
                            Thanks again, everyone! I have to agree with many of you in how the real shot will be set up differently for the real shoot for the model/client. I'll make sure to control the ambient/natural lighting situation and use my ocf setup to put accent light where it should be. Gonna be a busy weekend with a wedding I'm co-shooting on Saturday then this model shoot then her family added in now afterwards. FUN!

                            Here's a new edit from scratch on the above shot. I went back away from trying to get a special filter type effect and just edited as I might normally see it. Some of your pointers helped I think. What say you??

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                            Re: Creative portrait editing help

                            This last version is much better IMHO. The only think I would do (if it was my shot) is to crop to either an 8x10 or 11x14 relation. I find that 4x6 makes for weird vertical crop. If you look at paintings of masters, most portraits were in 8x10 or 11x14 relation.

                            For this shot, I think the main subject is her eye and cropping could make it pop up even more.

                            Again, just my side of the coin.
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                            Re: Creative portrait editing help

                            Leaps and bounds better!
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