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    Spontaneous Portrait

    Unplanned shot of my niece on Easter. Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated.

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    I like it! Her eyes are great! The pink in her sweater is a little eye-piercing, so if I had to make any suggestions, it may be to tone that channel back a little, provided it doesn't affect any skin tones too much. Or make an adjustment layer to target the sweater itself.

    Very nice.

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    Great light and pose, Kevin. In addition to toning down the sweater a bit, I would do the same to her blue eyes. They look overly saturated, which is especially ironic considering that such beautiful eyes need no extra help from the photographer.

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by kdoc856 View Post
    Unplanned shot of my niece on Easter. Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated.

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    Here's what I would do ...

    - Tone down the pink cardigan

    - apply a vignette

    - push the levels a little higher

    - apply some output sharpening

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    Thanks, guys. Good suggestions all and will adjust forthwith.

    Mike, those eyes are really that shocking- this only has a touch of clarity and localized sharpening added. But I will take a good look at the original as I had to lift the overall exposure a little and maybe it emphasized the eyes more than I realized. Thanks for taking a look and commenting.

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    Beautiful photo of a beautiful girl. I think the photo is perfect as is, but I also like the edit.

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    Thanks so much, Christina.

    I've added my own edit hoping to successfully reflect the recommendations made earlier.

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    Spontaneous Portrait

    The first images looked great, then I saw the edits! Wow! I have to admit I like the lighter exposure from Colin's as it brings out the skin tones better.

    You're lucky you've got a beautiful niece to model for you for a long time!

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    Very nice. The edits are perfect. Good timing on your part to click when you did. Her simple expression is great. I don't think its an issue that her arm is up, as its not out of the ordinary for a young girl to be playing with her hair. Well done.

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    outstanding!!

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    Awesome capture! Nice as it is!

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    Re: Spontaneous Portrait

    Thanks much, Mike, Travis, Justin and Debbie.

    Debbie, glad you agree the arm isn't a distraction. It helped to put her head and neck in a more natural position, rather than "posed". She was actually reaching behind to hold the flower in place. As you can see, she is not camera-shy.

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    Last edited by kdoc856; 3rd April 2013 at 12:50 PM.

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