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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX Macro for Canon
Location: Home studio
Date: Apr 15, 2006
Aperture: 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/45
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2006

My son hamming it up in front of a freshly painted wall inside our house. Lit with two flashes (on camera and to his right) and daylight.

See the re-edited version, based on Artyste's excellent comments. Which do you prefer?

Place: 79 out of 199
Avg (all users): 5.7434
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.4019
Avg (non-participants): 5.9747
Views since voting: 1085
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 265
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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04/29/2006 02:40:19 PM
Hello, and greetings from the Critique Club. What follows is my best attempt to Critique this photo from a DPC voter's point of view. I'll do my best, but please excuse any comments that may be unintentionally rude or insulting.

Initial Thoughts

Great humor and candid feel.


Composition is ok, but lacking a little something. The angle of the shot may have something to do with that, as it seems to have been shot from slightly below, giving a strange feel. Your model, however, has great personality and presence.


Normally, I'd say the salmon color would be a negative, and I still think many voters may have the same feeling, but personally, I think it works. It's a nice contrast with the male model and suits the "act" nicely. Plays well with the tie and star on the pocket as well, which I suspect was the intention.

Camera Work/Technical

Nice work here, although the lighting seems a little flat. The flashes working against the daylight might be the cause of that. Processing could fix it... which leads to...

Digital Processing

With a little work on contrast and trying to bring out a more dynamic look, this could jump from a really good photo to a great one. The problem here is the color of the wall. While it works, it contributes to flatness of the feel. the model doesn't really "jump out" if you know what I mean. Some work with curves, or selective color, could have really helped here.

Fits the Challenge

Fits it nicely, although you took it outside, a voter would never be able to tell.

My Opinion of the Photo

An amusing candid portrait, which is only hurt by the lack of any real contrast and 'pop'. Also, the angle just doesn't work as much for me as another could have.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2006 11:39:04 PM
This is cute. Love the red background in contrast with the black. Great shot! Good luck!
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04/23/2006 10:27:33 PM
nice lighting and detail
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04/23/2006 06:47:18 PM
Love the pose, not so sure about the red background.
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04/22/2006 09:56:42 PM
it that really dark red line around his left arm natural? it's a bit of a bummer.
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04/20/2006 10:29:57 PM
Can an image be too perfect? Great job with the lighting... I'd love to know what you used.
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04/19/2006 05:55:59 AM
That's one of the best portraits i've seen! Love that RED star and RED background.
hope you get a BLUE ;-)
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04/19/2006 03:24:16 AM
Nice modern image
Great work
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04/18/2006 02:47:05 PM
i liek this for some reason. its like someone goofing off without being completly ridiculous (see photo whith multicolored skin and freaky eyes and teeth in this very challenge).
seems rather candid even if its studio. i like good luck
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04/17/2006 11:12:01 PM
I am finding the background a bit too much, but the pose and facial expression are cute.
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