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    Hi Victor,

    My thoughts?

    #1 needs a few pixels more on right side to separate the black tassle from the edge of frame.
    Some might suggest the same at the top, but I'm ok with the hair being cropped slightly these days
    The whites of her eyes look a tad green to me (as does her skin); has the brolly fooled the Auto WB?

    #2 would have been better without the foreground hand in my view.
    The bright/contrasting background colours don't help either.

    #1 is streets ahead of #2, which while good for expression and pose, is too cluttered.

    Hope that helps,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi Victor,

    My thoughts?

    #1 needs a few pixels more on right side to separate the black tassle from the edge of frame.
    Some might suggest the same at the top, but I'm ok with the hair being cropped slightly these days
    The whites of her eyes look a tad green to me (as does her skin); has the brolly fooled the Auto WB?

    #2 would have been better without the foreground hand in my view.
    The bright/contrasting background colours don't help either.

    #1 is streets ahead of #2, which while good for expression and pose, is too cluttered.

    Hope that helps,
    Hi Dave,

    Thanks a lot for your CnC. You really opened my eyes about getting headshots right.
    I'll keep them in mind next time I picture head shots.

    Thanks

    Victor
    Last edited by nimitzbenedicto; 1st September 2012 at 03:07 AM.

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    Re: learning headshots

    Victor...
    Your color seems to be a bit off in these head shots. I tend to be more sensitive of skin tones which gravitate towards the greenish than skin ones which tend toward the reddish.

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    Hi Richard,

    Yes, I will carefully study how to come out with natural skin tones.
    Will post them for CnC.

    Thanks for viewing and your valuable CnC. It's an honor to get CnC from
    someone whose pictures played a vital role in the Cuban Crises.

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    Re: learning headshots

    Victor totally agree with others about the color problems you have.

    Also the images you provide are too small for us to evaluate properly.

    Some suggestions (some already mentioned):

    1. More room needed on the right. Nice frame.
    2. The OoF hand is a huge distraction
    3. Crop this -I don't know what it is- thing on the right.
    4. Consider a different crop to remove the busy background. Also some selectively burn the background could help

    Hope it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilT0s View Post
    Victor totally agree with others about the color problems you have.

    Also the images you provide are too small for us to evaluate properly.

    Some suggestions (some already mentioned):

    1. More room needed on the right. Nice frame.
    2. The OoF hand is a huge distraction
    3. Crop this -I don't know what it is- thing on the right.
    4. Consider a different crop to remove the busy background. Also some selectively burn the background could help

    Hope it helps.

    Hi Miltos,

    Thanks for your valuable CnC.

    You made me aware of the many things I still need to learn. Definitely have to study skin tones more.
    Also , cropping/framing. Then, burning .

    Thanks

    Victor

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    It's my pleasure Victor.

    Don't forget that a very important rule applies to PP and also the shooting process. You can't be sure if a suggestion or idea works until you see the result!

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    I hope the crop is ok. She seems to have put on make-up colors close to what she had on her hair-ribbon. She and the other girls didn't want me to use flash, altho the ambient light was not so bright.

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    Hi Victor, the common problem with all but one of these pictures is te distracting background. What F stop are you using? I would suggest using about F:4 for starters and adjust from there to get a slightly blurred back ground, unless the back ground adds something to the shot. The exception is the girl with the umbrella which works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJT View Post
    Hi Victor, the common problem with all but one of these pictures is te distracting background. What F stop are you using? I would suggest using about F:4 for starters and adjust from there to get a slightly blurred back ground, unless the back ground adds something to the shot. The exception is the girl with the umbrella which works well.
    Hi Wayne,

    I will definitely start experimenting with f/4.0, with the objective of isolating the subject (bokeh?). Or some other way so the subject will stand out, not lost because of the background.

    (Nice pictures on your website. Especially those of south east asia.)

    Thank you so much.

    Victor

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    Quote Originally Posted by nimitzbenedicto View Post
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    Nice shot. In my opinion, you should crop out a little of the right side here.

    learning headshots

    I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of showing you what I mean. I know some people do not like others to re-work their photos so I can take it down if you would prefer. This is just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smcrews View Post
    Nice shot. In my opinion, you should crop out a little of the right side here.

    learning headshots

    I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of showing you what I mean. I know some people do not like others to re-work their photos so I can take it down if you would prefer. This is just my opinion.
    HI Shawn,

    Please feel free to re-work it. Much better to see what cropping you suggest.

    I believe it's better looking now.

    Thanks so much.

    Vic Nimitz

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