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Anurag
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · A couple of portraits


Thoughts, suggestions for improvement are welcome.

I also attached the original - tried different crops but couldn't find one that I was too happy with.



Nov 21, 2011 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · A couple of portraits


Just my opinion here:
The first one I would consider a tighter crop of the head to accentuate the character in his face. His arms also will not be cut off.
http://www.littlepawsontheprairie.com/fred-miranda/591420head.jpg

I like the third picture. She would be more flattery with slight blurring or blending around the eyes and or selective skin areas. Below is an example.
http://www.littlepawsontheprairie.com/fred-miranda/591422eyes.jpg



Nov 21, 2011 at 07:09 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · A couple of portraits


A vote for JHut's suggestions.

For the last, I find my eye drawn to dark area defined by the falling hair. From just playing with re-sizing, see what you think of a vertical crop following the line of the door(?) frame. That way the arm leads into her face, her cheekbone and eye, with the hairline helping hold the eye without another lighter area to the right competing for attention. Also, the sweeping arc of the falling hair is a dynamic tending to pull the eye off the image.

I like the processing.

Regards,

Bob



Nov 21, 2011 at 07:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · A couple of portraits


Here is a crop version to what Bob suggested. Pulled a little detail out of the dark and softened skin a tad.

http://www.littlepawsontheprairie.com/fred-miranda/591422crop%20version.jpg



Nov 21, 2011 at 09:27 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · A couple of portraits


cj

I'm not sure if I can help since we use different software and I am not familiar with the NEX 5. I have used Lightroom in the past but I prefer Photoshop for now. As far as recovering detail from shadow areas, this can be pulled out of a RAW file if your software has a raw editor. I use Photoshop CS5 and an editor pulls up when I edit RAW files ( Camera Raw 6.3). One of the sliders is fill light. Fred sells Photoshop actions that automate processes for you. I have a Shadow Recovery action from Fred but I don't believe he sells it anymore. I used that to pull detail from your JPEG.

As far as locking focus on your subject. Many cameras have a focus lock on the shutter button when pressed halfway. I can lock on my subject and then pan if I want that focus subject away from the frame center. I am not sure if the NEX 5 has this capability. I use an old Nikon SLR camera. A fast shutter speed will ensure that your handheld shots will be more in focus. Hope this helps. John



Nov 21, 2011 at 11:27 PM







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