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05/25/2007 10:12:42 PM · #1
photo

520283.jpg

Its grainy and not sharp as I'd like it to be. Could it be my lens, me, lighting?

Here's the other that I think are better.
520285.jpg 520284.jpg

Any help would greatly be appreciated.

peace,

g

Message edited by author 2007-05-25 22:12:54.
05/25/2007 10:19:55 PM · #2
The main problem for me in the first is that the background is way too bright and is distracting. The other two are much better in that regard.
05/25/2007 10:40:07 PM · #3
So if the background is that bright...what do I do? The girls really wanted their photo there.
05/25/2007 10:42:22 PM · #4
Geez, they look good to me. Yes the first one has some overexposure in the back but there faces are all in detail.

Message edited by author 2007-05-25 22:43:09.
05/25/2007 10:45:56 PM · #5
Originally posted by ssodell:

Geez, they look good to me. Yes the first one has some overexposure in the back but there faces are all in detail.


but in print they don't look so good
05/25/2007 10:46:37 PM · #6
Well, I would think to make another layer and turn down the brightness or levels. Then erase the areas of this layer that you want to see in the other. That is what I would try.

I tried what I was thinking with the thumbnail but it didn't work.

Message edited by author 2007-05-25 22:53:53.
05/25/2007 10:54:15 PM · #7
Originally posted by Buckeye_Fan:

So if the background is that bright...what do I do? The girls really wanted their photo there.


If you have photoshop, you can just make a levels/curves layer, darken that, add a mask and then mask off the girls so they're still as bright as they ever were.

05/25/2007 10:55:00 PM · #8
How big are you trying to print them?
05/25/2007 11:00:03 PM · #9
Originally posted by Buckeye_Fan:

So if the background is that bright...what do I do?

Next time in the same type of situation, make sure to use fill flash and/or reflectors. With more light on the subject(s), the exposure of the background would be better.
05/25/2007 11:02:56 PM · #10
Ya know...I have photoshop and I know how to do layers but I never even noticed the background being that bright when I was processing it. I have since gotten a monitor calibrator and I see a great improvement. Just when I thought I knew what I was doing....
05/25/2007 11:03:26 PM · #11
Originally posted by ssodell:

How big are you trying to print them?


8x10...I shot in raw, they were plenty big enough for printing
05/25/2007 11:08:42 PM · #12
Originally posted by Buckeye_Fan:

So if the background is that bright...what do I do? The girls really wanted their photo there.


ok the background is too bright, what to do, try to brighten up the for ground, and come down a stop or two, use a reflector or two, or may be a fill flash, another way could be to shoot at a diferent time of day, or on a cloudy bright day, when the light is more even, hope you find this helpfull. good luck
05/25/2007 11:32:55 PM · #13
520283.jpg 520331.jpg

Played with it a little... about the best I could do with a small file...

did some adjustments with the colors, brightened up the foreground, applied a gradient to the background.... don't remember what else I did :P

Message edited by author 2007-05-25 23:33:28.
05/25/2007 11:43:35 PM · #14
520328.jpg

levels moved midtone slider to 1.35
s/h 50, 23, 43
hue/sat on clothing reds and blue to taste
decreased redness on face
usm

first hope i vhave done this right. posting.
second, i believe that they just need a little pp
hope it helps
efren

link

fixed link

Message edited by author 2007-05-26 00:11:04.
05/27/2007 02:25:42 PM · #15
i agree, background is a bit distracting and the girl with a black dog should have been wearing something brighter. the poor dog is lost in her shirt. I'd have the swap doggies.

re: sit down shot, id ps out the buildings and the pole coming out of that girls head. Pose, one girl standing, one seated really throws off the composition. if u follow your eyes, it runs right outta the picture. But, still a cute shot cuz the girls got great smiles. Even the dogs are smiling!!

re: 2 girls alone by tree. Id try fix the girls postures before shooting it. Girl in blue back is not straight, she is slouched down a bit. Girl in orange has tension in her shoulders. What i do before i shoot is get them to relax, relax and relax. for the background, id rather have the green trees as backdrop then the tree stump. Green would really make them stand out.
05/27/2007 03:47:37 PM · #16
On the blown background one, this is what I would do. I didn't have photoshop on the computer that I commented from before...

521585.jpg

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