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jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 02:21 PM
Be brutal

These are the errors I can see:
Software to fix the two scabs
Close the blinds to stop the light from brigthening the far side of his face
And make him close his lips
Lower camera position, receding lone.

What else did I get wrong? (He looks better with his glasses on.)

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Should I have lowered the camera, forehead less prominent?

http://24.220.194.113/IMG_9494.jpg

Rooz
01-18-2009, 02:32 PM
looks fine to me.

crop a little tighter
add some gaussian blue to the top right and bottom left to minimise distractions
clone out scabs
clone out hotspot, (couldnt be bothered doing this)

it looks a tad underexposed to me but i cant really be sure cos i;m on a shitty monitor at the moment.

jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 03:39 PM
Here's my attempt at software manipulation.
Boy, I wish I could figure out how to make GIMP blur out things as well as you did, ROOZ.
I'm sure you're on Photoshop though.

http://24.220.194.113/IMG_9494_2.jpg

jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 04:39 PM
Color/contrast manipulation.
For better or worse?
http://24.220.194.113/IMG_9494_4.jpg

Rooz
01-18-2009, 06:39 PM
worse. theres nothing wrong with your first shot at all apart from the obvious stuff you already know. the only thing that sticks out is the funky thing going on with his face from the glases due to light diffraction, (or whatever that thing is called).

i use capture NX2 and selectively blurred out the background by painting it on. not sure how to do that in other programs.

D Thompson
01-18-2009, 07:53 PM
Be brutal

These are the errors I can see:
Software to fix the two scabs
Close the blinds to stop the light from brigthening the far side of his face
And make him close his lips

What else did I get wrong? (He looks better with his glasses on.)
Should I have lowered the camera, forehead less prominent?

You've critiqued it pretty well. Watch the glasses thingy - it can be fixed but sometimes not easily. Lowering the camera just a little would probably help and shooting in portrait mode as well. Sometimes landscape mode works for a portrait depending on the negative space. Not bad. Here is an edit I did - clone & heal, dodge & burn, selective color adj layer, and a curves adj layer. I didn't do anything with the hotspot on his forehead tho.

jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 08:06 PM
I will practice some more with some other people, and plan to upload photos of those when done.

Hopefully someone can point out mistakes in them. I don't offend easily, especially when I'm asking you to criticize me ;)

Rooz, thanks for help.

jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 08:07 PM
Very nice, D Thompson.

I think one other mistake I made, was that I had his head tilted towards the camera.. that's supposed to be done with 'women.'

Miami_Sunset
01-18-2009, 08:31 PM
can my DSLR take a pic like this http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2776642010102415483EjOcrF
:)
or was this picture edited with Photoshop to give a soft skin look ? it just looks so good.

jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 08:34 PM
Criticize!

Other than:
Poor lighting,
Face in the ... .. . MIDDLE of the picture.
Forgot to use portrait color setting

What else did I screw up?

http://24.220.194.113/IMG_9539_2.jpg

TheWengler
01-18-2009, 09:34 PM
I think one other mistake I made, was that I had his head tilted towards the camera.. that's supposed to be done with 'women.'

I'm not sure that matters too much here. Since you're took the shot of him for an odd angle the tilt of his head doesn't have the same effect.


can my DSLR take a pic like this http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2776642010102415483EjOcrF
:)
or was this picture edited with Photoshop to give a soft skin look ? it just looks so good.

Sure it can. You need the right light. I think kids generally have softer skin anyway.


Criticize!

Other than:
Poor lighting,
Face in the ... .. . MIDDLE of the picture.
Forgot to use portrait color setting

What else did I screw up?

I think it's just kind of boring. Nothing stands out. The light isn't great and the composition just ok.

jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 09:52 PM
"I think it's just kind of boring. Nothing stands out. The light isn't great and the composition just ok."

Was the pose pretty good? the position I had her in

TheWengler
01-18-2009, 10:05 PM
Was the pose pretty good? the position I had her in

It's ok. Her head blends in with the chair.

jrbrown1991
01-18-2009, 11:04 PM
Indeed.
Thank you