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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: waycross ga.
Date: Apr 16, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2006


Place: 189 out of 199
Avg (all users): 4.5341
Avg (commenters): 4.2500
Avg (participants): 4.3645
Avg (non-participants): 4.6497
Views since voting: 847
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 264
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2006 07:17:55 PM
Pretty sure that I'll be one in a long line of people giving this advice but I feel I should explain my lower than average score.

On-camera flash = evil (a safe conclusion for 90% of the time). You will notice a harsh shadow behind your subject and a very 'flat' light on his face. The key to portraiture (I've not mastered it yet by any means, but I've been taught by many experienced photographers) is to have the key light, the primary light, at least 10 degrees off the axis of the camera. It gives depth to the face, makes the scene seem more 'real' to a viewer, and totally gets rid of the 'snapshot' look which flash photography unfortunately carries.

Positives: Kudos on not blowing out any of the highlights on the subject. Whether this was manually set or done by the camera, I am impressed at the even nature of the exposure. There are no glaring hot spots (apart from at the top, but I'm still not sure if that's just a color of paint on the wall).
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04/20/2006 08:25:54 PM
Cute kid, but you're to close to the background, which causes harsh shadows and flash kickback from the wall. A 30 inch off camera umbrella would do wonders for this setup. If you don't have the off camera equipment, but you have a Bounce-Flash, bounce the light off the ceiling and light up the shadow areas with a white kicker-board placed just below the frame.

White foam-core board found at an art store is really cheap. You can even spray-paint one side silver or gold.
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04/20/2006 07:08:40 PM
not bad, but the flash light is a bit harsh. some ambient light would have softened this nicely. de-greening his face and shirt might help a little too - they really are very green.
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04/20/2006 05:45:26 PM
cute kid
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04/20/2006 03:50:35 PM
Very nice expression on his face, just background seems a little distracting.
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04/20/2006 09:44:12 AM
the lighting seems a bit dull on the face and its blown out on the wall above his head.
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04/17/2006 10:02:47 PM
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04/17/2006 08:42:37 PM
Just a personal thing, I guess, but that background tones down the who picture.
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04/17/2006 05:57:18 PM
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04/17/2006 09:54:19 AM
it looks like you have straight on flash lighting on this picture which for me makes it a bit too harsh
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04/17/2006 08:36:05 AM
try moving your subject away from the wall... enough that the shadow is gone... as a rule 6 ft away is good..
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04/17/2006 07:15:42 AM
Cute kid...just lacks focus. Lighting and graininess aren't reall good either. Love his expression though
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04/17/2006 12:54:23 AM
What a cutie.....love the two front teeth.
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