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Old 12-11-2009, 09:35 AM
SchlinkyMalinky SchlinkyMalinky is offline
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Hi All,

Been shooting a friend (female dj) again recently and trying to take my shots up a level both with lighting and post pro. I would like to hear your opinions.

I've tried to incorporate a lot of different styles, attitudes and looks. Bear in mind, at this point I still haven't got any flashes or softboxes or umbrellas etc.

Caught in the headlights....

http://i49.tinypic.com/261m71x.jpg

Icy....

http://i48.tinypic.com/28hlcep.jpg

Petty In Pink

http://i48.tinypic.com/27zmc0h.jpg

Record Box, not finished with retouching this one as it's out of focus, just messing with compositing

http://i49.tinypic.com/zl9o4w.jpg

Fur Coat....

http://i48.tinypic.com/zjv704.jpg

Warehouse....

http://i47.tinypic.com/c3nu9.jpg

Magazine type retouch

http://i48.tinypic.com/2vj554w.jpg

Mag b4

http://i48.tinypic.com/14iftiv.jpg

Club Violet

http://i49.tinypic.com/smf5ur.jpg

And she wanted one for he dad.....

http://i50.tinypic.com/hrc4ug.jpg

Tips and pointers appreciated. Also what would you charge for this set bearing mind sourcing the backgrounds and post?

Thanks for taking a look.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

S

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Old 12-11-2009, 05:38 PM
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Re: Critique required please

Nice work. I see some problems with color fringing around your extracted model. After you have her on her own layer, clip a new layer (hover mouse in between the two layers while holding alt, then click) set to color mode, then eyedrop a background color and paint it on the color fringed areas.

Is this dodge and burn? Looks pretty good. Nice texture retention, but it's still a little too rough.

I'm impressed that you understand how to match images taken with a wide angle to a wide angle background, but I'd watch where you place the model in relation to the horizon. In http://i49.tinypic.com/261m71x.jpg for example she'd be standing in the floor.

How much would this set cost? Unfortunately, you can get this quality retouching on ModelMayhem for around $5-$15 per pic. It's sad, but now that everyone has photo-editing software, the creative, non-high end market is super-saturated. Not even worth the time required to retouch in many cases. Compare your work/pricing to what you see in this thread: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?th...217707&page=10

Backgrounds of that quality could be obtained for free from Deviantart/ sxc.hu

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Old 12-11-2009, 08:38 PM
SchlinkyMalinky SchlinkyMalinky is offline
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Re: Critique required please

Thanks for taking the time mike, it's the first time I've tried green screen and tried a number of different approaches, near the end of my lil experimentation I found this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJSro...eature=related
.........which provides a nice end result and includes the clipping layer you mentioned but I ended up only using it on one image. It's all dnb btw it's a fine line between perfection and OTT, thanks for the helpful feedback. (oh and the two sites you mentioned are where I got most of the backgrounds )

Topitoo, it's a shame you only looked at the first one, maybe I made a mistake putting the worst one first, they get better as you move down the list. It's nice that you're in another town, I'm an expert in music production and I try to help people that aren't at my level rather than just tell them I'm better (but that's just me)

Things I've learnt, masking a fur coat is a PITA, you can get decent results if you put the time in, colour balance is a great tool but the main thing I've learnt is I have alot to learn
I welcome all constructive feedback so if anyone else has any helpful pointers I'm all ears

Oh and btw I meant how much for providing these shots from scratch including the photo session?

Thanks

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