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  • abh
    Critique please
    by abh
    hello Everyone,

    I am submitting this image for critique, would really like to hear what you have to say about it.

    methods used:
    1. blemish removal : heal/clone
    2. Skin work: D&B
    3. color shift: curves, hue/sat

    Credits :
    Image:...
    07-26-2010, 12:07 AM
  • bdilly
    Honest Critique
    by bdilly
    You know how you think you have a masterpiece and it couldn't get much better, until someone more advanced shows you otherwise? Someone please show me what you would do different with this or what seems out of place....
    07-20-2007, 02:23 PM
  • shfxx
    Critique please
    by shfxx
    Hey everyone
    Looking for a critique on this image, where I could go better. Inverted high pass and dodge and burn used.

    click !
    02-17-2012, 04:34 PM
  • alek_o
    Please critique
    by alek_o
    Hey guys, please tell what you think about this retouch?
    http://aleksandrolkhovskiy.com/beforeaftersli.html
    Thanks
    04-18-2012, 05:57 AM
  • OTTORETOUCH
    critique please
    by OTTORETOUCH
    Hello, I just finished retouching this image and I have the feeling it's slightly flat. Can you tell me where I went wrong please.



    you can get the rollover here :

    http://jejland.deviantart.com/art/PRETTYLADY-283808089

    Thanks...
    02-07-2012, 04:16 PM
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  • TLC
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    Critique Please!!

    Hello! I am new to this website and I think this is a fantastic resource! I am looking for some critique on an image I just shot and retouched. Thanks for your time!
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  • TommyO
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    Re: Critique Please!!

    TLC,
    I really like the overall color (gold tone) of the image. I also think you did an excellent job maintaining the tonal differences between the subject and background, especially with the shirt. The contrast difference could easily have been lost. It's funny how sensitive our eyes are to those things and how important it is to maintain, even when very subtle.

    I also don't want to overlook all the other hard work you put into cleaning up the other small but important issues. Job well done.

    I would like to see just a few small things cleaned up some more.
    - the subtle wrinkle in the tee shirt by the V neck on his right side;
    - the small reflection on the sun glasses on his far right edge;
    - better defining the far right edge of the sun glasses against the background (just a very small amount);
    - the larger reflection/catch on the sun glasses by his nose.

    That's it for me. Otherwise, I think the image would hold up well in any printed media, as well as in a larger format. I do agree with Gary, in that a good scrubbing in your RAW editor is always a good first step.

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  • TLC
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    Originally posted by Algarve Images View Post
    Good Olbaldy to come up with something out of "goldfinger" lol
    The halo's are probably caused by either excessive sharpening or using the highlight/shadow tool, easily fixed by using the blur tool on no. 1 or 2 at 500% magnification. Have arrowed the areas most affected...
    Ah! got it. Yeah I think i sharpened this low res version too much before I saved it to post up here. Thanks again!

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  • Algarve Images
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    Originally posted by igot2pman View Post
    I really like the extension and rotate. It just makes it seem like he is looking at something.

    -Keven
    Yep i really like that one too, angles and space can make or break an image in this case it works quite well, regards, Gary.

    ps the "midnight one" was an experiment best suited for something else may be, what that is i will find out in due course or probably never lol!

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  • Algarve Images
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    Good Olbaldy to come up with something out of "goldfinger" lol
    The halo's are probably caused by either excessive sharpening or using the highlight/shadow tool, easily fixed by using the blur tool on no. 1 or 2 at 500% magnification. Have arrowed the areas most affected...
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  • TLC
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    Wow that's trippy!

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  • 0lBaldy
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    Originally posted by TLC View Post
    I'm struggling with the color because I want it to to have a warm almost gold tone to it but I don't want it to look orange and on purpose not like a mistake. Any thoughts?
    Thanks!
    I couldn't help myself... (you mentioned Gold Tone)...Sorry!!
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  • TLC
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    Re: Ok TLC... here's my efforts

    Originally posted by Algarve Images View Post
    I can't really a whole lot better than what Keven has already accomplished, did get rid of most of the "halo's" that really annoy me lol...
    Ran it through the "remove colour cast filter" in Nikand blurred the shadows to blend in better and look less harsh.
    The whole lighting thing was a bit weird to start off with, but it kinda grew on me and i accented it in one image with the good old midnight process.
    Changed the angle of the subject and made two other alternatives which you may or may not like, everything in photography is highly subjective, thats why i always start with Raw format, you can't please everyone, regards,
    Gary...

    ps...i broke my ankle yesterday so am not a happy bunny!
    Cool I definitly like the rotation you put on it. I don't know if I'm crazy about the midnight process thing. What are these halos you speak of?
    Thanks again!
    Sorry to hear about your ankle!

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  • igot2pman
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    I really like the extension and rotate. It just makes it seem like he is looking at something.

    -Keven

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  • Algarve Images
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    Ok TLC... here's my efforts

    I can't really a whole lot better than what Keven has already accomplished, did get rid of most of the "halo's" that really annoy me lol...
    Ran it through the "remove colour cast filter" in Nikand blurred the shadows to blend in better and look less harsh.
    The whole lighting thing was a bit weird to start off with, but it kinda grew on me and i accented it in one image with the good old midnight process.
    Changed the angle of the subject and made two other alternatives which you may or may not like, everything in photography is highly subjective, thats why i always start with Raw format, you can't please everyone, regards,
    Gary...

    ps...i broke my ankle yesterday so am not a happy bunny!
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  • TLC
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    Originally posted by Algarve Images View Post
    I think may be the white balance is off in the original, correct that first in raw then there's less to do, the really smooth skin for me imho makes it look like it belongs in a shop window lol
    Thank you for the feedback. I'm struggling with the color because I want it to to have a warm almost gold tone to it but I don't want it to look orange and on purpose not like a mistake. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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  • TLC
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    Originally posted by igot2pman View Post
    I played around with position of the Fake soft box glare. The below was the best i could come up with. They also looked good without any catch lights.

    Colored over the bad flashes and other stuff with black sample.

    Rectangular M tool then filled with white. 75% opacity. 3 rounds of regular blur, then masked out only the glass.

    I also fixed the problem areas i talked about above.

    Hope it helps,
    -Keven

    Cool! I love this idea! I will definately play with the softbox effect. Thank you very much for your help!

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  • igot2pman
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    Re: Critique Please!!

    I played around with position of the Fake soft box glare. The below was the best i could come up with. They also looked good without any catch lights.

    Colored over the bad flashes and other stuff with black sample.

    Rectangular M tool then filled with white. 75% opacity. 3 rounds of regular blur, then masked out only the glass.

    I also fixed the problem areas i talked about above.

    Hope it helps,
    -Keven
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  • Algarve Images
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    Re: Critique Please!!

    I think may be the white balance is off in the original, correct that first in raw then there's less to do, the really smooth skin for me imho makes it look like it belongs in a shop window lol

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  • TLC
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    Originally posted by igot2pman View Post
    Givit a day or two b4 getting sad...

    Anyway...I like most of way you did here. Cleanup is mostly well done except for what’s in red. The cheek area looks flat with no texture. Over all i like the lighting and the concept.

    Subjective:
    Color is a bit orange still... corrected the below with selective color (Neutrals c:+10 m:+1 y:-4 {absolute}). Stripes show your original retouched skin.

    I personally don’t like the catch lights

    I think the shirt is now brownish

    Hope it helps ,
    -Keven
    Hey Thanks for the feedback! I am still going back to the skin every time I open the image, ha ha. I was kind of purposely going for a "warmer" look over with this but your color correction definitely gives me something to think about. TOTALLY agree with the catch lights. Any recommendations on what I can do about replacing them? or do you think I should just remove them? Thanks a ton!!!

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