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    Amanda

    XT and 28-105 3.5-4.5, 50 1.8, 85 1.8. Amanda is 19 and an aspiring actress and needed shots for her book. See all her pics here: http://imageevent.com/24peter/amandaromano

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    Hey, it's Merril Streep!

    Nice Peter. Some angles seem to favor her more than others.

    Good eye, creative, great lighting!

    I think the one you picked for #1 is my fav. Those eyes are windows into her soul, and are intriguing!

    Edit: OK, number 3 is my next fav, no, it's fav. haha.

    On #5, too bad her torso isn't twisted too, shoulders more faced off, hips less thrust forward (or maybe higher camera angle).

    You're just having too much fun Peter. The shoots get better and better, seems like you're getting a real eye for what will work.
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    My favorite is the last one, accents her face nicly and draws you to it, shame its not a bit further out.

    Oh and the hot spots on the others to me are issues. My eye keeps getting drawn to them.

    Tim

    P.S. Nicer then I could get, just being critical.
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    I like #3 and #32! She seems very energetic and spirited. If only I could do stuff like you're doing here on the east coast
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    Peter, I think your next big step is in getting better studio lighting...it's one of the few things separating your shots from some hardened, seasoned professionals...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTL
    Peter, I think your next big step is in getting better studio lighting...it's one of the few things separating your shots from some hardened, seasoned professionals...
    Could you give me an example of what's lacking in what I'm doing? (either with words or a photo?) I think where I'm struggling is in processing the photos, not really my lighting set ups. I really tried to get some contrast in these shots (everything is pretty grey coming out of my camera these days.) But maybe you guys know better...
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    They look good on my monitor. Not grey or anything...

    The only thing I'm seeing "missing" is the really glamorous type lighting...Playboy style. But you aren't really going for Playboy type stuff anyway, are you?

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    I think maybe it's the harsh shiny hotspots on the forhead / nose on all but the last and first, I gather from the comments. But especially photos 2 and 3 above.

    I think your lighting's really nice on nearly all the gallery shots except the few that have harsh spots above. If you ever figure out how to fix the harsh spots, let us know. Far as I know, a blown highlight isn't very fixable in PP. I've done it with cloning having mixed results - works for tiny nose shine.

    I like how the shadows are diffused too. However; I'm still struggling with a single over-camera setup and anything more is "nice lighting" to me .

    The colors do look a little tame and soft, but I just figured that's what you were after. Jumped up colors and saturation, to me, looks unprofessional. However; now that you mention it, I see what you mean about the "pale not pop", but only in a very subtle, hypercritical way. Wish I could help. I keep hearing about "pop actions" and reading tutorials like this one - and about people getting a 35L and 85L to add pop. But aside from those guesses, can't really say since you're photo skills are far beyond mine. (I realize you were hoping from a response from Jamison or CWPhoto, or some other pro-in-the-know, as am I)

    Question: Do you take WB reference shots?

    Let us know what you discover about Pop in PP. All your tips to date have been appreciated, as well as the portriat results to aspire to. (Now excuse me while I wipe this brown stuff off my nose, haha)
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    Here's a link to two of the originals (full size) - straight out of the camera. Someone want to save them to their computer and do some post processing so I can see what you come up with?
    http://photos.imageevent.com/24peter...d/IMG_2901.JPG
    http://photos.imageevent.com/24peter...d/IMG_2937.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24Peter
    Here's a link to two of the originals (full size) - straight out of the camera. Someone want to save them to their computer and do some post processing so I can see what you come up with?
    http://photos.imageevent.com/24peter...d/IMG_2901.JPG
    http://photos.imageevent.com/24peter...d/IMG_2937.JPG
    I'll play. Keep in mind I did this all as an action, with stops in between for brushing, sharpening, etc. I can send you the action set if you want but I couldn't tell you exactly how it all works or what it does.

    Keep in mind I'm not good with this stuff. heh.
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