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Old 03-06-2010, 12:47 PM
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Advice on this image

I was the assistant photographer on this shoot and the image below is one the clients would like to use. My first attempt they were not happy as they felt it was a bit overdone so I started over. Any feedback is welcome. I was not shooting w/ lights as I was there just to capture what was possible w/ natural light.

Feedback to improve what I have already started? One thing I still need to do is lighten the eyes.

Thanks...

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http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/1304/kirsch0005org.jpg

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http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/5062/kirsch0005e2.jpg
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:59 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

Tell them to talk to the guy/gal you assisted. S/He should have some with proper lighting. Also, quit using actions on your work, it looks well...less than professional.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:04 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

You misunderstand, the lead photographer has proper lighting. This shot was an additional shot.
And there were no actions used on either of the photos, the editing I performed was using ACR and I lightened it slightly w/ the exposure, brightness and the tonal command within ACR.
So I guess you are saying my photo looks less than professional.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:15 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

What they probably liked in the original image was the contrast. Utilize the shadows dont erase them. Keep it moody and directional. They liked your shot because it was natural.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:48 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

Just my opinion but I think I would have left it on the darker side to keep the dramatic effect

~~~~Original~~~~~Your Edit~~~~~My Sample~~
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:53 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

Maybe some thing like this:
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:08 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

ylwdog, no offense intended, but the glow around the white shit and the noise patterning is similar to what we see with some actions. I was going to post a sample, but you already have a couple good ones here...
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:23 PM
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Thanks...(Ha ha)- no problem no offense taken... I was just poking a little fun back
It took me a while to figure out what was going on w/ that outer glow. I shot this through a Lee Soft filter #2 and I think the reflection from the natural light caused this issue. It was quite bad on a bunch of others from this session.

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Old 03-06-2010, 05:59 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

Thanks everyone for their input.
I have submitted different versions to the client in different degrees of contrast to see what she likes.

Thank you,

doug
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:31 PM
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Re: Advice on this image

pretty much agree with everything said....the contrast it was makes it interesting..maybe a few spots can be fixed but you want to keep that effect.

A good thing to remember: Don't show any work you don't like or aren't completely comfortable with. Clients will choose that piece so much more often than you'd like.
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