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Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: St. Louis Missouri
Date: Jun 28, 2005
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2005

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Comments: 8
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This is a shot of my niece. We were at David's Bridal so she could try on junior bridesmaid dresses for my brother's wedding.
She loves having her photo taken and I'm horrible at people shots so I decided to practice on her.
I actually remembered to adjust the white balance, so that was a good thing. Her coloring looks very natural.
She was sunburned though, so that's why she looks a little red.

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07/17/2005 09:57:42 AM
I like the color here. Very natural.
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07/14/2005 02:24:06 PM
This is very well exposed and loses no detail in the highlights and shadows. It doesn't use the entire range of tones however so moving the left and right sliders in the Level dialog helps -- and if done to each channel individually it also helps to remove the slightly green cast.

All in all, it is nicely done.
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07/13/2005 08:09:13 PM
I really like the way this is with the mirror behind her. This is defanetly not a bad shot. Do you think if the mirrors werent there that this would still look the same as far as the light and brightness? I am asking this because I have a cabinet in my house and there is a mirror in it. Sometimes the mirror makes a good light reflector and brightens things up more them it would if I wasnt shooting in the direction of it. You can probably brighten it up just a bit but I think its fine really the colors in her skin are perfect..
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07/13/2005 03:14:58 AM
I love her skin colour, it's beautifully fresh looking. Composition of the shot is great. Very nice shot.

Message edited by author 2005-07-13 03:15:43.
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07/12/2005 07:30:01 PM
I played with the settings on this shot before I took it because I'd just taken a bad photo of another niece. My settings had been set for a low light situation and pretty much everything went wrong that could. You can see it in my portfolio. The title is Help Needed. Several site members worked on it and the difference is amazing. Anyway, I set the aperture but let the camera decide the shutter speed. I wanted to make sure there was enough light. I also adjusted the white balance to indoor lighting because I've finally learned the color cast of indoor shots is horrible with the wrong setting. Sadly, it took a while. lol
Thanks for everyone's comments.
07/12/2005 05:31:53 PM
Good tonal range, not overly dark or light, can't really find much wrong here.

Very nice picture (BTW)
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07/11/2005 11:07:38 PM
Again, very good. If you wanted a bit more contrast, I'd use levels to brighten it up a bit.
I am looking for a second time now - the red on the cheeks is wonderful! I think it just needs a bit of levels and perhaps a but saturation on the blues.

Message edited by author 2005-07-12 16:53:16.
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07/11/2005 07:14:08 PM
Laura, I agree you did a nice job on a pretty subject with the exposure here. There is good tonal range. There are some nice clean whites and some nicely saturated blacks. The girls face (obviously the subject) is well exposed with nice defining shadows which allows her personality to shine through. Good job.

If you wanted to tweak it slightly, you could bring up the brightness and contrast just a bit to emphasize the face a little more. In Photoshop try 1) Brightness (+10) / Contrast (+15). It's really not necessary and would be only a marginal improvement.

This appears to have been taken with natural light mostly coming from the right side of the frame and maybe a little above. About the only thing I can think of that would make it better would be some catch lights in her eyes, but I honestly can't think how you would have done it under the circumstances.

Was this taken on automatic? Or did you make adjustments to your camera? If you made adjustments, why did you make the ones you did? If on automatic, why do you think the camera did such a good job all by itself?
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