Model

Elise Ann

Posts: 171

South Bend, Indiana, US

I took my avatar pic myself... is that a crime in this case?

Jan 08 13 01:07 pm Link

Photographer

NewBoldPhoto

Posts: 4897

PORT MURRAY, New Jersey, US

Elise Ann  wrote:
I took my avatar pic myself... is that a crime in this case?

There is no 'crime' as you put it in taking the image.... the image itself might be criminal.
The image in questionhttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130108/13/50ec896adae56_m.jpg
fails to do justice to the subject. As a photographer you should consider that an image shot expressly to be part of a models portfolio should typically have eyes the in focus, not blowout the highlights without cause, not include odd random blotch(s) of discoloration and include skin not rendered as plasticine. The problem with the image is the photographer. The fact that the photographer was/is you is completely incidental.

Jan 08 13 07:11 pm Link

Model

Elise Ann

Posts: 171

South Bend, Indiana, US

Anti-Plasticine skin, non-blown out highlights et. al noted. But is it evident that it was taken with a webcam?

Jan 08 13 07:50 pm Link

Photographer

Section 008

Posts: 98

Chicago, Illinois, US

Elise Ann  wrote:
Anti-Plasticine skin, non-blown out highlights et. al noted. But is it evident that it was taken with a webcam?

not to bad for webcam....i could do better though smile

Jan 08 13 07:52 pm Link

Model

Elise Ann

Posts: 171

South Bend, Indiana, US

Section 008 wrote:

not to bad for webcam....i could do better though smile

I bet you could! Nice portfolio!

Jan 08 13 07:57 pm Link

Photographer

NewBoldPhoto

Posts: 4897

PORT MURRAY, New Jersey, US

Elise Ann  wrote:
Anti-Plasticine skin, non-blown out highlights et. al noted. But is it evident that it was taken with a webcam?

A webcam per say... no, a low quality or poorly utilized camera yes. The issue is image quality not device used in capture. You may want to check out Sita Mae( http://www.modelmayhem.com/12528 ) she has been shooting with an I-phone ...

Jan 08 13 08:13 pm Link

Model

Elise Ann

Posts: 171

South Bend, Indiana, US

NewBoldPhoto wrote:

A webcam per say... no, a low quality or poorly utilized camera yes. The issue is image quality not device used in capture. You may want to check out Sita Mae( http://www.modelmayhem.com/12528 ) she has been shooting with an I-phone ...

Do you think the image could have been good if it had been taken with a fancy DSLR camera but the same lighting effects and photo composition?

Jan 08 13 08:39 pm Link

Photographer

NewBoldPhoto

Posts: 4897

PORT MURRAY, New Jersey, US

Elise Ann  wrote:

Do you think the image could have been good if it had been taken with a fancy DSLR camera but the same lighting effects and photo composition?

No... again... it is the image that is important not the device.

Jan 08 13 08:47 pm Link

Model

Elise Ann

Posts: 171

South Bend, Indiana, US

Hmm, I'll probably look back on this image in a year and laugh at my futile attempt to edit a photo after owning Photoshop for only two days. But alas, I shall not avail. Thanks for the feedback.

Jan 08 13 08:56 pm Link

Photographer

DVP Photography

Posts: 2862

Broomfield, Colorado, US

Elise Ann  wrote:
Hmm, I'll probably look back on this image in a year and laugh at my futile attempt to edit a photo after owning Photoshop for only two days. But alas, I shall not avail. Thanks for the feedback.

It wouldn't be unusual to take more than 6 month to photoshop a good portrait.

Go to Amazon and there are a lot of good books that will give you photoshop training.

Jan 08 13 11:31 pm Link

Photographer

Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

Elise Ann  wrote:
I took my avatar pic myself... is that a crime in this case?

And you will be Banned and Punished

and frawned upon unless you let me work with you smile j/k

Jan 08 13 11:40 pm Link

Model

Elise Ann

Posts: 171

South Bend, Indiana, US

DVP Photography wrote:

It wouldn't be unusual to take more than 6 month to photoshop a good portrait.

Go to Amazon and there are a lot of good books that will give you photoshop training.

6 months?? I guess the Mona Lisa wasn't painted in a day. Thanks for the tips. I've been watching YouTube tutorials, but it's hard to remember all the steps when I want to recreate it. A book would be much more helpful. Is there a particular book you recommend?

Jan 08 13 11:52 pm Link