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Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1203

Dallas, Texas, US

This is an example where I'm at an event and I spot someone who I think ifs very photogenic so I ask them if I can take some photos.  As you can see these are not exactly composed, you can see the plastic chair she's sitting in and another object or two in the back ground.

One of the challenges I have as a photographer is determining which of my photos are the best, so I'm asking my MM pals to give me some feedback on which of these you think are the best and why if you would be so kind.  And if you had to pick only one to publish, which one would that be?

Some of these are very similar and I took them in close to full sun and it shows a bit.

I'm open to any suggestions and feedback that you have for me.  Thanks very much.

1. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medaiiP0Ez1rfgq54o4_500.jpg

2. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medaiiP0Ez1rfgq54o3_1280.jpg

3. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medaiiP0Ez1rfgq54o2_1280.jpg

4. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medaiiP0Ez1rfgq54o1_1280.jpg

5. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medal8s3vn1rfgq54o4_500.jpg

6. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medal8s3vn1rfgq54o3_1280.jpg

7. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medal8s3vn1rfgq54o2_1280.jpg

8. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medal8s3vn1rfgq54o1_1280.jpg

9. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medao7D6uY1rfgq54o4_500.jpg

10. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medao7D6uY1rfgq54o3_1280.jpg

11. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medao7D6uY1rfgq54o2_1280.jpg

12. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medao7D6uY1rfgq54o1_1280.jpg

13. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medaptHpct1rfgq54o1_1280.jpg

Dec 01 12 12:04 pm Link

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Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

8 & 13.

She's a pretty girl. You have a good eye. smile

Dec 01 12 12:50 pm Link

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730372

Posts: 1952

Abbeville, Alabama, US

5

Dec 01 12 01:03 pm Link

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Lee_Photography

Posts: 8850

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

I would go with 8, but the eyes could be sharper, and her skin has lost all texture, also seems like there might be a color cast to the image

Dec 01 12 01:29 pm Link

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Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1203

Dallas, Texas, US

Lee_Photography wrote:
I would go with 8, but the eyes could be sharper, and her skin has lost all texture, also seems like there might be a color cast to the image

Thanks, is this an improvement?  And in the RAW image her eyeballs are crystal clear, I can see my reflection in them, so the lack of clarity might be the smaller, lower resolution copy I'm using to post here.  I get the color casting though, and the lack of detail in her skin. 

8. after suggestions http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medn7saznE1rfgq54o1_500.jpg

8. before http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medn7saznE1rfgq54o2_500.jpg

Dec 01 12 04:15 pm Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

5, hands down.

IMO.

Dec 01 12 04:27 pm Link

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Lee_Photography

Posts: 8850

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Untitled Photographer wrote:

Thanks, is this an improvement?  And in the RAW image her eyeballs are crystal clear, I can see my reflection in them, so the lack of clarity might be the smaller, lower resolution copy I'm using to post here.  I get the color casting though, and the lack of detail in her skin. 

8. after suggestions http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medn7saznE1rfgq54o1_500.jpg

8. before http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medn7saznE1rfgq54o2_500.jpg

Now those are rich brown eyes, with out the blue cast in the white areas
Improvement = yes

Dec 02 12 05:02 am Link

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DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

#5 is my favorite. Simply beautiful!

Dec 02 12 05:50 am Link

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David Kirk

Posts: 4502

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Untitled Photographer wrote:

Thanks, is this an improvement?  And in the RAW image her eyeballs are crystal clear, I can see my reflection in them, so the lack of clarity might be the smaller, lower resolution copy I'm using to post here.  I get the color casting though, and the lack of detail in her skin. 

8. after suggestions http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medn7saznE1rfgq54o1_500.jpg

8. before http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_medn7saznE1rfgq54o2_500.jpg

I like the before shot better.

#13 is my favourite.

Dec 02 12 08:33 am Link

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radicaledward

Posts: 61

Tucson, Arizona, US

#5 easily. The focus is where it should be and her expression is beautiful. The B/W is a good choice for this shot as well.

Dec 02 12 01:44 pm Link

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Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1203

Dallas, Texas, US

Thanks everyone! I got a few tips and some in private messages that are already helping me to improve my processing.  I appreciate the input very much.

Dec 03 12 08:30 am Link

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Lee_Photography

Posts: 8850

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

David Kirk wrote:

I like the before shot better.

#13 is my favourite.

Just a thought, are you running a calibrated monitor?

Dec 03 12 11:05 am Link

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Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1203

Dallas, Texas, US

[redacted] I misread who that last question was directed to, whoops.

Dec 03 12 11:31 am Link

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David Kirk

Posts: 4502

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Lee_Photography wrote:

Just a thought, are you running a calibrated monitor?

Yes.  Sometimes "correct" is not always "best".

Dec 04 12 04:35 am Link

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MainePaintah

Posts: 1783

Saco, Maine, US

#5 and your "after" #8 are my favorites.

And did you get this llama's name and tell her about llama Mayhem?

Dec 04 12 04:41 am Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

Compositionally, many of the images are similar, but in terms of color quality (ignoring the B&Ws) they're all over the road. Keep your color temperature under control. Also avoid saturating the colors. Keep the face looking natural.

Especially THAT face. She's lovely and doesn't need a lot of help.

One determinant in breaking ties between these pics: seeing the eyes. Unless you're shooting for the benefit of a MUA, you probably shouldn't be bothering with images of the model with her eyes shut. Let's see those peepers.

Dec 04 12 04:54 am Link

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Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1203

Dallas, Texas, US

Orca Bay Images wrote:
Compositionally, many of the images are similar, but in terms of color quality (ignoring the B&Ws) they're all over the road. Keep your color temperature under control. Also avoid saturating the colors. Keep the face looking natural.

Especially THAT face. She's lovely and doesn't need a lot of help.

One determinant in breaking ties between these pics: seeing the eyes. Unless you're shooting for the benefit of a MUA, you probably shouldn't be bothering with images of the model with her eyes shut. Let's see those peepers.

She is indeed amazing, is she not?  Most of these were shot very over exposed and what you see is my attempt to correct that.  I shot all these in RAW and I've learned a few tips from this thread so I'm planning to redo them all over again soon.  I think I can improve several of them.

It's interesting to see what shots other people like the most.

Dec 04 12 07:49 am Link