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Photographer

The House of Velvet

Posts: 1271

Atlanta, Georgia, US

And Why?

Lets try this. 

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121110/11/509eac9713ef7.jpg


Here is the one everyone hated.  I wanted an edit that was not real looking more poster or surreal.  I made it orange with warming filter.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121110/11/509ea6b6100cf.jpg

Nov 10 12 11:20 am Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

Uh, NO.  What the heck did you do to "edit" this image?  Sorry, but the colors look really terrible. sad

Nov 10 12 11:25 am Link

Photographer

Craig Allen Studio

Posts: 4307

Tacoma, Washington, US

+1 no...

The tonal range is a bit disturbing to me.

Nov 10 12 11:28 am Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

MelissaAnn  wrote:
Uh, NO.  What the heck did you do to "edit" this image?  Sorry, but the colors look really terrible. sad

+1

It looks like somebody went a bit crazy with the curves adjustments! big_smile






Just my $0.02

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Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Nov 10 12 11:29 am Link

Model

Toria Royale

Posts: 145

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

I'm going to have to agree. The concept is good, but the color and tone don't do you justice. You're a gorgeous girl. Maybe try having the photo edited in a different way?

Nov 10 12 11:30 am Link

Photographer

SSR Designs

Posts: 471

Bartlesville, Oklahoma, US

I'm going to have to say no...

The tonal range is messed up, the colors all seem like a variation of orange, and the shadows create one block of color.

What did the original look like?...cause the photo itself is kinda cool.

Nov 10 12 11:30 am Link

Photographer

Photography by Tiare Rush

Posts: 582

Los Angeles, California, US

I Agree.  I can think of at least 5 ways to edit this image so that its flattering to you.

Nov 10 12 11:32 am Link

Photographer

Jay Farrell

Posts: 13140

Nashville, Tennessee, US

MelissaAnn  wrote:
Uh, NO.  What the heck did you do to "edit" this image?  Sorry, but the colors look really terrible. sad

+1

Nov 10 12 11:32 am Link

Photographer

dd photography

Posts: 924

San Diego, California, US

No way.

Did somebody else: shoot, choose and process this?

I see the rest of your portfolio and I don't see that same person doing this.

Really like your other work!
DD

Nov 10 12 11:34 am Link

Photographer

Fleming Design

Posts: 1106

Hartford, Connecticut, US

That shot is a mess OP, and considering some of your work to date I am surprised you posted it. Don't you know it is a mess?

Nov 10 12 11:36 am Link

Photographer

SSR Designs

Posts: 471

Bartlesville, Oklahoma, US

I just saw the original photo....and man with just a few MINOR curve adjustments that shot is good outta the box.  I see no need to really mess with it.

Nov 10 12 11:39 am Link

Photographer

Thyronne

Posts: 1355

Huntington Beach, California, US

I don't like it at all.  Too much of a bad thing.  You have a lot of good photos in your portfolio, some with some very nice treatments, this one doesn't compare even with no post.

Nov 10 12 11:40 am Link

Photographer

The House of Velvet

Posts: 1271

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Thank you for your input.  We don't learn if we don't try.  I was bored and wanted to do something extremely different.  Sometimes what we try works, sometimes it fails.  I want to learn to edit the way Silvers does and I only have the choice of trial and error.  I appreciate the input and would like to know what you suggest to make the un-curves one better.


C - The version I have up now is not all jacked up like the one everyone hated.

Ammm C - A.S. doesn't share his knowledge. All angsty and what not you know. smile

Tracy
Victoria Velvet

Nov 10 12 11:44 am Link

Photographer

killer pinups

Posts: 1163

Tacoma, Washington, US

The House of Velvet wrote:
Thank you for your input.  We don't learn if we don't try.  I was bored and wanted to do something extremely different.  Sometimes what we try works, sometimes it fails.  I want to learn to edit the way Silvers does and I only have the choice of trial and error.  I appreciate the input and would like to know what you suggest to make the un-curves one better.

Tracy
Victoria Velvet

I'm with you 100% on this.
Being self taught, I try something different almost every time I shoot. My hat is off to you for experimenting.

As far as this Un-curves you mention, I have no clue what that would mean but I have seen many artists talk about tonal mapping which might be a place to start and then work backwards into what you were attempting, OR ask this "Silvers" for some pointers.

Nov 10 12 11:50 am Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32233

Lodi, California, US

You should be applauded for trying new things. We don't improve unless we try, and mistakes are often the best teachers. This image should be a very good teacher. wink

In order of significance:

- The color balance is way off.

- The main lighting is soft and weak on the model.

- It appears you had a light behind the chair. The cutouts in the top of the chair show a really bright light, though that light doesn't provide results elsewhere in the shot.

Nov 10 12 01:10 pm Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

I'm not a huge fan of the concept/look going on in this image, but I have to say, it looks soooooo much better now.  The skin still looks a touch to cool/blue, but overall, nice re-edit.  smile

BTW, I really like the warmer tones in your avatar- much more flattering to skin IMO.

Nov 10 12 04:17 pm Link

Photographer

IMAK Photo

Posts: 528

Eureka, California, US

So there was a switcheroo going on here. Even though I'm looking at it with my MacBook, I didn't see the curves everyone was complaining about. Then I find out the picture has been switched. Kind of wish the new one had been added later in the thread, instead of just replacing the photo in the OP.

Nov 10 12 04:24 pm Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

IMAK Photo wrote:
So there was a switcheroo going on here. Even though I'm looking at it with my MacBook, I didn't see the curves everyone was complaining about. Then I find out the picture has been switched. Kind of wish the new one had been added later in the thread, instead of just replacing the photo in the OP.

Yeah, it's always more helpful when the original is left up for comparison.

Nov 10 12 04:27 pm Link

Model

Brandy Selene

Posts: 17

Williston, North Dakota, US

Yes, dark, mysterious and fun

Nov 10 12 05:00 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38556

Portland, Oregon, US

MelissaAnn  wrote:
Yeah, it's always more helpful when the original is left up for comparison.

Yup, I figured that out too.   

Based on the version that I'm seeing as of posting this, the skin tones are still cool for my taste, and not loving the overall color balance.

Hard to believe that this is the improved version, but at least it sounds like you're moving in the right direction.

If it helps though, at least I like the model, pose, wardrobe, styling, and chair.

Nov 10 12 05:01 pm Link

Photographer

The House of Velvet

Posts: 1271

Atlanta, Georgia, US

There you go  critique away. smile  I also have zero interest in a standard studio, fashion, lighting shoot look.  I want something different.  Light, shadows, drama, mood and feeling.

Nov 10 12 05:12 pm Link

Model

Brandy Selene

Posts: 17

Williston, North Dakota, US

Definitely!

Nov 10 12 05:20 pm Link