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    Curiosity

    Wondering what I could do to improve this shot? Just learning but very keen..ThanksCuriosity

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    Hi Karen

    I quite like it the way it is. I like the framing. Have you done much to the image? Have you cropped it etc? Can we see the any other versions?

    I keep looking at it and I like it - as simple as that.

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    Re: Curiosity

    Hi there, I have cropped it slightly to the left to just frame it a little better, but other that that just changed it to black and white. Thanks for your feedback...

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    Re: Curiosity

    Curiosity The original

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    Hi Karen

    It's perfect the way you've processed it. You have isolated your daughter (?) from the background in your conversion. The crop is perfect IMO - I just wonder about cloning out the line of the door frame on the right but that is neither here nor there. I love the feeling that she is stepping out to explore the great big world.

    Great shot!

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    Purely a matter of personal taste, but I would may be have tried a 4:5 ratio crop to make her more dominant within the frame. But 4:5 is just my favoured protratiot format ratio.

    I wonder, too, if brightening up the eyes might improve it (please note - it is very good already) further? In the B & W, the eyes maybe look a bit dark. I don't think I know what PP software you have, Karen, nor how you rate your level of experience at doing PP work. There is more than one way of achieving this - using the lassoo tool and curves or using a layer mask and brushing in the brightened areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Purely a matter of personal taste, but I would may be have tried a 4:5 ratio crop to make her more dominant within the frame. But 4:5 is just my favoured protratiot format ratio.

    I wonder, too, if brightening up the eyes might improve it (please note - it is very good already) further? In the B & W, the eyes maybe look a bit dark. I don't think I know what PP software you have, Karen, nor how you rate your level of experience at doing PP work. There is more than one way of achieving this - using the lassoo tool and curves or using a layer mask and brushing in the brightened areas.
    Donald

    How can you tell the crop ratio? Is it a case of seeing enough 4:5 to know what it should look like? I haven't bothered so far with the crop ratio. All I do is crop to what I think looks right, bearing in mind the rule of thirds. My approach is a bit random. I know this doesn't fit with printing formats but I haven't printed many photos yet either. I'm keen to learn more about ratios.

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    What software do you use for PP? I use DxO Optics Pro6 for Raw processing and then the GIMP for finishing off. Both have a crop tool into which you specify the aspect ratio you want (4:5; 7:5; 4:3; 16:9; etc). The resulting overlaid screen also has options to lay on a Rule of Thirds, or Golden Sections grid. You can then play about to obtain the best composition, all the time retaining your pre-shosen aspect ratio.

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    Re: Curiosity

    Nice shot, Karen. When I saw the original colored version, the first thing that came to mind is "Wow, this would look nice in an early 1970's vintage look!."

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    Re: Curiosity

    Thanks all for the feedback. Donald I am currently using Lightroom but I have only just started and have a lot to learn. I have a new found passion in life and it is photography. I am constantly seeing photo ops throughout my days and I am reading up and I cant learn quick it enough...Any feedback I get is food for thought and I appreciate it so much...
    Thanks Willie Im glad you like my photo...And to Raylee thankyou for taking time out to comment as well, I have taken all comments on board..Cheers..

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    Re: Curiosity

    Quote Originally Posted by Kbaines View Post
    I am currently using Lightroom but I have only just started and have a lot to learn.
    Great. In that case, don't feel 'OMG, all these people know so much and I don't and I'll never learn and I'll never make wonderful pictures, etc, etc, etc.' There will be moments like this. We've all been there (Still am a lot of the time!!).

    Learning is a process you undertake step-by-step, especially with post-processing software. A Willie has said in another thread in the past couple of days, you've got to take one skill/action at a time. Learn it and feel comfortable with it and then move onto the next. What i've suggested doing above can get added in to the 'to learn' folder for future reference.

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    Re: Curiosity

    Great advice...Thanks for taking the time to get back to me. I will definitely keep reading up and learning as much as I can.

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