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  1. #1
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    My Grandson

    I was in the back yard taking pictures of the puppies when my grandson said poppop take picture of me like this and he kept changes his poises. Here are a few of them.







    And of course my little angel

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    Frank, in image #1, Matt's face highlights are blown out (his right side hair, cheek, neck) and are not recoverable. You need to be aware of these issues when doing portrait shots. There are limitations you simply cannot exceed with any of these digital cameras. Direct sunlight usually reveals these shortcomings.

    Your # 2 shot is borderline, but using PS can save it and more than likely correct it.

    Your #3 is nearly perfect. The white dog'd head is your key point for the highlight.

    Finally #4 ... the exposure is equally as good. Good job!
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-18-2008 at 08:14 PM.
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    Thanks Don I need to think before I shoot. I used the fill flash on the third one that is why I got the nice catch light in his eyes. I am not a people shooter.
    Thanks again
    Frank
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    It is just that "uneven" exposure that gets you, in the end. If he had turned away from the sun, so it was either more to the rear ... or more even, across his face ... it would not look so hard, as you would have adjusted your exposure for the highlight.

    For practice, you could use a basketball or a volleyball ... in direct sunlight and see what you can do with dynamic positioning. After that exercise, I think you will apreciate my suggestion.

    Also, I noted the umbrella behind him ... that could have been an effective sun block ... and shade would have offered a more uniform, indirect light source.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-18-2008 at 08:13 PM.
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    I didn't want to start another post. My granddaughter and her puppy

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    Tamron 60mm Macro
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    This is an excellent candid. Nice work, Frank!

    You could even crop it ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-19-2008 at 10:53 PM.
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    Agreed, that's a great shot. Lots of soft light! Funny how sometimes the better shots are in the ones that are candid and spur of the moment! (not always, but sometimes )
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    Tried to cut and past her on the grass. Not the best job.
    Thanks for all the comments
    Frank

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    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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    lol, I couldn't tell until you mentioned it.....

    The only thing I would fix is the bottom right, something seems to be blocking the grass a bit, and the left side's transition. Other than that it's near perfect!
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    Frank, you're really getting the swing of this ... nice job. You might want to use a very thin smudge tool along her outer hair line... just to blend the light a bit. It is delicate work, but she's just a little too sharp against the grass, mainly because of that white reflective light of the original background ... it needs to be toned down just a little to look "natural" ... the smudger does that. Remember to tightly outline (select) the "work area" (where you are going to smudge), too. Do not do it in the open (unselected).

    Good luck ... hope this helps. Final touch-up is always tedious ... but, worth it. It is what separates "good" from "great!"
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-20-2008 at 09:47 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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