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Mum and Daughter
Mum and Daughter

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Challenge: 2 Person Portrait (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: Jun 17, 2008
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 20
Date Uploaded: Jun 17, 2008

I know. Boring title, boring photo. This was more an experiment with lighting than anything else.

Minor curves adjustment, Neat Image, resize and Sharpen.

I know there's distracting elements in the bottom left but didn't notice on location. Cropping didn't seem to improve the situation much.

Place: 71 out of 122
Avg (all users): 5.2748
Avg (commenters): 5.4286
Avg (participants): 5.1556
Avg (non-participants): 5.2995
Views since voting: 779
Views during voting: 425
Votes: 262
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2008 11:52:12 PM
Nice portraiture - smiles really make it.
The white balance seems off and overall a bit dark. I see from the exif you
have CS3, so try this:
Image, Adjustments, Match Color. Click the Neutralize button on the bottom and adjust sliders as follows: Luminance=200, Color Intensity=100, Fade=0, Click OK
Image, Adjustments, Levels, click Options, Enhance per channel contrast should be checked already, set clip levels in shadows and the highlight boxes to 0.05% and click on the Save as defaults (these are the best levels for defaults vs. what Photoshop is set at out of the box) Click OK.
The image is really pretty close now, with maybe one last step to shift the skin tones out of the yellow hues:
Image, Adjustments, Selective Color, use the drop down and select the yellow channel and set the sliders as follows: Cyan: -10, Magenta: 0, Yellow: -10, Black: 0, then click Ok, with a final adjustment to Image, Adjustments, Hue/Saturation, +5% on the saturation. Try it. This is all basic edit stuff, and a whole heck of a lot more can be done in advanced. (my monitor is accurately calibrated by the way)
Hope this helps.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2008 11:19:07 AM
Nice focus but the mothers smile looks fake.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2008 12:43:43 PM
I think the lighting is a bit crude, showing the daughter a lot brighter than the Mother (or perhaps the Mother has a darker complexion).

i think the position of the light source is the problem, perhaps if you tried a different angle it would show a different mood. adorable models ;)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2008 10:58:58 PM
Bit dark for me, but nice otherwise.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2008 06:36:43 PM
Nice poses. Lighting here is very dull and harsh.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2008 01:39:48 AM
pretty good job, nice pose and setup, good expressions

fairly conventional looking setup

the flash needs to be diffused and bounced around a bit - some shadows being thrown
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2008 09:19:24 AM
One of the best this challenge - 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2008 02:38:21 AM
Very sweet, but possibly too dark
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2008 11:54:05 PM
I like the composition, but the image seems a little dark for my liking.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2008 05:50:39 AM
I like the photo and it a good attempt at 2 person portrait. but i feel that it slightly lacks playfulness or originality..
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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