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    C&C Portrait Please

    Hi again
    With my new toys this year I also got some gels. This photo was taken with a bounce flash off of the ceiling from the camera hot shoe and a flash pointed at the wall with a pink gel on it. After a couple of shoots, I'm thinking I really probably need two more flash setups to get the results I would like indoors in a relatively small room. In this shot I would have like to ditch the bounce flash and put an umbrella or softbox on either side slightly front.
    The only editing I did was to clone out some spaghetti on the model's shirt

    C&C Portrait Please

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    An interesting shot Brian, well done for trying something different.

    Two things strike me;
    I think you could selectively raise the exposure on her face to good effect in PP, and
    I wonder what it would look like with a focus stack so that the hand is also sharp?

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Thanks Dave. I'll give brightening a try. PP is not my forte at this point, but a good suggestion.
    I agree that the pointing hand probably would have looked better. It was an impromtu shot when I told my daughter to strike any pose she wanted. I'm just glad I was able to catch the expression on her face. I'll give some editing a try and repost - have to figure out how to selectively brighten first!

    I also noticed the white flare to the right near the bottom. Apparently the gel had moved - I just had it layed over the top of the flash.

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    I had a chance to play around with GIMP today, here are the results. I lightened up the face and then the eyes some more, and then irises some more.

    Looks better, but could be better still.

    C&C Portrait Please

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Yes that is much better Brian, good work

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Thanks for posting and sharing. I like it. She looks like a happy lively young lady who deserves a fun pink background - it suits her, I think its appropriate. Yeah - would probably be a cool image if her hand was in focus too, but I can also appreciate the blurry hand, it keeps the attention on her mischievous lil grin.

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll post some more when we play supermodel again

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Quote Originally Posted by djg05478 View Post
    Thanks for posting and sharing. I like it. She looks like a happy lively young lady who deserves a fun pink background - it suits her, I think its appropriate. Yeah - would probably be a cool image if her hand was in focus too, but I can also appreciate the blurry hand, it keeps the attention on her mischievous lil grin.
    Hi Brian, Debbie,

    Yes, I agree, I am still not sure whether a version with her hand sharp would distract more from the face.

    I suspect that due to the camera to face and camera to hand distances being so different, traditional means (f/16 or f/22) may not be sufficient, hence my suggestion of a second shot and focus stack, but I might be completely wrong - put that down to a lack of experience on my part

    Cheers,

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    I'm off to find a tutorial on selective brightening. Maybe it's just me because I know what I did to the photo, but the more I look at the edited version, the more obvious it is, and I think I need to find a way to 'blur' the increased brightness of her face.

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    I'm off to find a tutorial on selective brightening. Maybe it's just me because I know what I did to the photo, but the more I look at the edited version, the more obvious it is, and I think I need to find a way to 'blur' the increased brightness of her face.
    Hi Brian,

    I think it is just you

    I can't see any obvious 'joins', so to speak.

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Maybe it's just me because I know what I did to the photo, but the more I look at the edited version, the more obvious it is
    Not "maybe." 2nd looks much better than the first. Looks like a lot fun playing with gels!

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Thanks Dave and Hans. I need to come up with some sort of rim light. I have a couple of shop lights laying around...

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    You could try shooting at her from the back with a light which would produce a halo type rim light.
    Go on , try it...I've got nothing to lose

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    Re: C&C Portrait Please

    Hans you are correct that does work. I have tried it with my flash and it does give interesting options, though I only have one off camera flash... I will try the shop light some time.

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