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    You guessed it she's been at Portrait practice again...

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    practice..practice...practice

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    Kay, your #4 image is stunning! Good work.

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    1st & 4th are outstanding!!!!

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    Kay, these are all excellent, but #4 is exeptional with #1 not far behind. Colin must be very proud of his star student. Great work, you really have a flair for this

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    Well done, Kay. Very creative poses, and I love the lighting, especially in #1. You make it look so easy, but I know it isn't.

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    Kay, really fine photographs!

    1. personally I find the lighting at far left a little distracting but overall very nice.
    2. and 3. are really good portraits
    4. is very nice. Great dof and composition. Colour looks a tad orange?
    5. focus looks soft and I think it detracts from the high quality of the other shots. Colour also looks a bit red. composition and lighting are good.
    neil

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    Wow, number 4 is fantastic! Great work.

    Charlie.

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    Kay

    Super stuff (even if I still can't see your avatar against your name, but against Colin's name!) - Don't worry folks, I'm having a Firefox problem at my end.

    How did you light #4?

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    Hi Kay,

    They are all good, very good (much better than I could do), but as others have mentioned, inconsistent white balance is what's holding you back now.

    If you managed to shoot a Whi-Bal card with each subject and apply that to all shots of that person, it may help, but I have a feeling the mixed lighting (that can come in various proportions from shot to shot) is the real problem, although in #2 and #3 above, the problem is with the subject vs background colour temp difference.

    Soooo, I think it is time to;
    get some extra lights, stands, backgrounds, et al, and/or
    occasionally try processing some to monochrome to remove the issue - I have a feeling they might look rather nice

    Although #5 doesn't really have any WB problems, I thought I would experiment, I hope you don't mind;
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    I tried to recover some detail in her lovely hair - she is beautiful and that's a wonderful, assured expression.
    I downsized to 700px and sharpened some of it a bit too.

    If I have one suggestion on this one; it is a shame her hair is cropped off on the left of frame - I don't mind the top of head being missing so much.

    When viewing the thread, I was immediately struck by the pose of #1 (and then #4).

    Well done,
    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 16th January 2011 at 09:28 AM. Reason: added more info

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    These shots are all beautifully executed. They are so natural and relaxed. As many have said No 4 is the real seller but there is a natural sensitivity in number 3 that can only captured by a female photographer....beautiful shots, no candy and and subtly lit. There are probably a hundred and one technical issues that we could find if we looked really hard but these images transcend all that. I am jealous. I want to be able to do this and I want it NOW.

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    Thankyou one and all for your kind words and helpful suggestions...

    I was having a play with very shallow DOF and sometimes it worked other times not - # 3 and # 5 were outside in the shade with bright sunlight nearby - just reflecting off white walls or whatever was around.
    # 1 and # 4 were inside with window light - bright sunny day after a week of rain.

    And yes I did forget the grey card why do I do that? grrr

    And Dave...what a nice chap you are suggesting I need to go out and spend money!....my husband is getting on a plane right now to have words with you

    But to be realistic I think I need to pause now - draw breath and (all evidence to the contrary) not buy any new gear
    When I had a play with the work lamps and suddenly saw how a face could be it differently by moving the reflectors etc - I thought wow this is cool....BUT and Dave in another bit of what he said - has hit the nail on the head.

    It is the subtle nuances of working with people and poses that I think I need to concentrate on now which can all be done with a reflector and 1 flash (well after I go to the workshop next w/e and learn better how to use that flash )

    Yes I have made some improvements as these were not just taken from 100m away and cropped - these were try to get the framing right at the time - but the last one - as well as the 'side hair' a very slight turn of the leading shoulder would to me have made a big difference...big..Huge.

    So off I go with my toolbox that I have to hand....this does not mean I will forget about maybe one day taking over 'his shed' and having a wee studio.....but there is much to do before then

    Next week I will be going to the get to know how to use your flash better workshop - of course no rocket science ideas that you guys haven't already told me - but instant feedback in person is a great addition to the student (and besides which, Santa gave it to me....maybe he thought that would keep me away from the shed)

    Thankyou all again.....off I go now to get the newspaper and see if Fashionista has been offered a place at University.
    You will all laugh as she has 2 part time jobs now...the original one at 'subway' and the other at......a Fashion Clothing Store!!
    She is happy as a pig in mud

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    Re: Some people

    Quote Originally Posted by wilgk View Post
    And Dave...what a nice chap you are suggesting I need to go out and spend money!....my husband is getting on a plane right now to have words with you
    still, at least I know who to watch out for (he is #2, isn't he?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    still, at least I know who to watch out for (he is #2, isn't he?)
    tee hee nope no family members were used in the creation of these shots....so keep looking over your shoulder for a gentleman in his 50's who is somewhat 'follicularly' challenged and was long before David Beckham et al decided it was cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilgk View Post
    tee hee nope no family members were used in the creation of these shots....so keep looking over your shoulder for a gentleman in his 50's who is somewhat 'follicularly' challenged and was long before David Beckham et al decided it was cool
    I reckon I got one night's sleep left before the plane gets in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    I reckon I got one night's sleep left before the plane gets in
    Don't fret. Just come down to West Wales. he wouldn't dare follow you here. The Romans didn't!

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    Hi Kay,

    # 4 has it followed by #1. In all the others they are faces in a frame. In 1 and 4 you have used the frame to also create shapes (dare I say triangles) but I look at the whole composition and not just a face. Well done.

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