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Old 02-28-2012   #1
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I need an honest opinion of this shot. Tell me what you like or don't like about it. Don't need to sugar coat anything, don't want to get tooth decay.

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Old 02-28-2012   #2
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Lovely model. I'm really distracted by the very bright sun and the flares produced. I also think the tree trunk to our left (her right) should be toned down a bit. I think there are really good possibilities here. I like the light on the model but wish these other things could be corrected.

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The uneven lighting on her legs is most distracting, particularly her knees and the leading shin.
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Lovely model. I'm really distracted by the very bright sun and the flares produced. I also think the tree trunk to our left (her right) should be toned down a bit. I think there are really good possibilities here. I like the light on the model but wish these other things could be corrected.

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Thanks, I was debating to see if I should burn in the trees as well. Honestly I kinda like the lens flare.


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The uneven lighting on her legs is most distracting, particularly her knees and the leading shin.
I am glad I am not the only one that noticed that. I am not sure if that is uneven lighting or if her leg is naturally like that? I used a big 36" octabox on here. I know she DOES work out a lot. Besides photoshop, how would I fix this in camera because I noticed that in a lot of her shots, even when the octabox was at camera zero.
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I am glad I am not the only one that noticed that. I am not sure if that is uneven lighting or if her leg is naturally like that? I used a big 36" octabox on here. I know she DOES work out a lot. Besides photoshop, how would I fix this in camera because I noticed that in a lot of her shots, even when the octabox was at camera zero.
My first impression was that the light source was small, how far away was the light? In closely looking at her knees, I think she has them bent backward. Bending the knees back loosens the tissue on the front and gives it a wrinkly texture, texture makes shadow. That may be contributing.
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For a full body shot a 36" octagon is not large and by having it more then 5' (1 1/2 x soft box size + optimum distance) the light becomes harder.

As far as composition goes I really don't know what the subject of the shot is. Is it the model or the tree? Both are competing so hard for my attention that there is no determining what I am supposed to look at. However if I let the light guide me then the flares say to me that the tree has more value as subject.
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Hope you don't mind, but the best way to demonstrate is to show you. Bobby did have a point on what is the subject in the original image. The lines of the tree trunks leed the eye away from your subject and distract. I did a simple crop here to focus your attention back to the model and see how it brings your attention to her not the trees.
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I like the original more than the cropped version. I added a couple of layers in multiply mode with black masks and painted back in the tree trunk to darken it about 1.5 stops to better frame the subject in two dark areas, above and below. I sampled near by and painted in some color to the blown out sun area. I used the Healing Brush Tool to get rid of the flares on the model's right side. A quick and not very accurate job but it gets the idea across.

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For a full body shot a 36" octagon is not large and by having it more then 5' (1 1/2 x soft box size + optimum distance) the light becomes harder.

As far as composition goes I really don't know what the subject of the shot is. Is it the model or the tree? Both are competing so hard for my attention that there is no determining what I am supposed to look at. However if I let the light guide me then the flares say to me that the tree has more value as subject.
I was trying to use the tree as a framing element but I guess the way it is lite, the tree does draw some attention.

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Hope you don't mind, but the best way to demonstrate is to show you. Bobby did have a point on what is the subject in the original image. The lines of the tree trunks leed the eye away from your subject and distract. I did a simple crop here to focus your attention back to the model and see how it brings your attention to her not the trees.
No I don't mind you cropping, it does help show it better.

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I like the original more than the cropped version. I added a couple of layers in multiply mode with black masks and painted back in the tree trunk to darken it about 1.5 stops to better frame the subject in two dark areas, above and below. I sampled near by and painted in some color to the blown out sun area. I used the Healing Brush Tool to get rid of the flares on the model's right side. A quick and not very accurate job but it gets the idea across.

I still have the raw file so I will give that a try.

Thanks for the advice everyone.
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This is just my $.02 opinion. The white dress and footwear doesn't fit the scene. She needs a sport outfit, shorts, white blouse tied-up in a knot so to give her a bare mid-drift and hiking boots. That was my first thought went I opened this thread.


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