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This is my first photo assignment. I am still working on post processing. Any tips on how to make this photo pop more? I work in both... (show more)
Exif Data
  • CANON EOS 60D
  • 18-200mm
  • f/4
  • 100mm
  • 1/100 seconds
  • 160

6 Comments

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  1. Matthew Saville

    A beautiful portrait, Heather, thanks for sharing! I really love the light, the processing, and all the details. Very talented work here!

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    Matthew Saville

    My main critique is that, while I like the hand pose, I think her fingers are just a tad too high up on her chin, so instead of getting a “pensive” or similar type feeling, I’m almost getting a sense of “eating with your fingers”, lol. I’d have suggested that she either lower her fingers ever-so-slightly, or drop one hand entirely to her waist.

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    • Heather Durham

      Thank you for your thoughts.  I see what you mean about the fingers.  It was a lot of work to get to this point with a 5 year old!

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    Matthew Saville

    Also, i think part of the issue with the vibe I’m getting from this pose is that the lighting is causing a shadow right here at the edges of her lips, and the shadow looks like a bit of chocolate LOL. ;-)

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    • Heather Durham

      I did not use any additional lighting.  In hindsight, I definitely would have used my external flash just to add a bit more lighting to the face and more smoothness through the skin.  I appreciate your input.

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  4. Adrian Van Leeuwen

    In Lightroom or Photoshop recover some more of the highlights, as it seems the dress and skin tones are a bit blown. If you recover more tone or detail, this will help with the color pop you wanted. After improving exposure you can then dodge the face and eyes in particular to bring out these colors. But strengthen the color in the highlights first by going negative on exposure slider in LR, or using highlight slider to regain the blown out tone. I think the images is great for cute subject, expression, and flowers and bokeh effect. Cheers!

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