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    Default Beauty & Style in B&W



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    1. In what area is critique to be sought?
    Iíve been shooting with my DSLR for about a year now and constantly hope to improve. Would very much appreciate to hear comments on the composition and lighting of this portrait shot. Is this shot good? If not, in what areas can I improve?

    2. What one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    On top of emphasizing the beauty of the lady, I wanted to give her some style. B&W was my choice to avoid any distracting colours and just focus on the subject

    3. Under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    This was a planned shoot at Macritchie Park. Most of the light comes from the sun. However, I also use an umbrella with flash for fill light.

    4. What the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    This is probably my favourite photo of the day.

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    Default Re: Beauty & Style in B&W

    nothing to say... very nice~!!

    lighting, compositions, style.. i feel it.. i like the glasses..
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    Quote Originally Posted by enzeru21 View Post
    nothing to say... very nice~!!

    lighting, compositions, style.. i feel it.. i like the glasses..
    Thank you.. Humbled by your compliment..

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    nice!

    at least not xmm posing (acting cute).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zharistic View Post
    Thank you.. Humbled by your compliment..
    whos the girl?? intro leh~!

    perfect look in my style~!!
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    i like the bw conversion. however not a fan of the sunglasses as it covers 1/3 of the face esp the eyes.

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    The image is nice overall.
    However I would like to point out that your highlights are badly blown.
    Her forehead, nose, cheeks and lips; more than 50% of her face is just nothing more than white. Along with her arm too which is another patch of white.
    Is there anyway for you to recover the details in her features?
    Another thing, probably more of a personal grouse.
    Please clone away the umbrella along with the stand in the reflection of the sunglasses.
    It is really distracting.
    *edit
    Come to think.
    Why fill flash when you can use a reflector to soften the shadows instead?
    Last edited by tainted; 27th August 2010 at 12:30 AM.

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    Default Re: Beauty & Style in B&W

    I think the blown out highlights are ok.

    Not all photos have to have its highlights nicely recovered.

    As long as the intended effect compliments the overall photo, it feel fine with me. In this case, his portrait with blown out highlights work fine with me.

    my 2 cents worth
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    Quote Originally Posted by tainted View Post
    The image is nice overall.
    However I would like to point out that your highlights are badly blown.
    Her forehead, nose, cheeks and lips; more than 50% of her face is just nothing more than white. Along with her arm too which is another patch of white.
    Is there anyway for you to recover the details in her features?
    Another thing, probably more of a personal grouse.
    Please clone away the umbrella along with the stand in the reflection of the sunglasses.
    It is really distracting.
    *edit
    Come to think.
    Why fill flash when you can use a reflector to soften the shadows instead?
    I didn't notice the reflection till you pointed it out. Thanks. As for the highlights, it was actually blown out intentionally. Personal preference that I think it looks better. Time for me to buy a reflector..

    Quote Originally Posted by sprewell View Post
    I think the blown out highlights are ok.

    Not all photos have to have its highlights nicely recovered.

    As long as the intended effect compliments the overall photo, it feel fine with me. In this case, his portrait with blown out highlights work fine with me.

    my 2 cents worth
    Thank you..

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    Default Re: Beauty & Style in B&W

    Some people choose to blow the highlights as a style and pull it off.

    I think your pic almost pulled it off here but not quite. The part that brought it down is the arm area. I felt that if you crop off the portrait to just head and shoulders and not show anything from the armpits down, it will work. But in your current crop, it does not work.

    The other big thing that was jarring was the reflection of the highlight on the sun glasses.

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    Default Re: Beauty & Style in B&W

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Some people choose to blow the highlights as a style and pull it off.

    I think your pic almost pulled it off here but not quite. The part that brought it down is the arm area. I felt that if you crop off the portrait to just head and shoulders and not show anything from the armpits down, it will work. But in your current crop, it does not work.

    The other big thing that was jarring was the reflection of the highlight on the sun glasses.
    I will take note of it.. Thanks!

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