Portrait

1 month 2 weeks ago #629924 by Vancopime


First attempt at portraits 


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1 month 2 weeks ago #629925 by Vancopime
Not sure why it posted twice...


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1 month 2 weeks ago #629954 by Jin Hyuk Kwon
Good set here! 


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1 month 2 weeks ago #629964 by Lauren Grant
Is it just me or the photo is really a blur?


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1 month 2 weeks ago #629993 by Vancopime
It’s not a set, it just posted twice. Probably user error. I’m not sure what you mean by blurry, it certainly isn’t on my screen. 


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1 month 2 weeks ago #630032 by kuzenski
It does look a bit blurry to me, but it's still a nice shot. The colors look good together IMO--the background complements the subject. I'd ask the guy to square up his shoulders next time. :-) But that's just his pose. Nice portrait!


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1 month 2 weeks ago #630051 by Nikon Shooter

Lauren Grant wrote: Is it just me or the photo is really a blur?


Possibly not a blur but just no critical focus acquisition.

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1 month 2 weeks ago #630063 by Vancopime
The focal point is on the eye.   Perhaps what happened is I got a little too much local contrast when I developed it in Affinity Photo. I tried softening it a bit with a gausion blur layered on at a low opacity. The original full res file looks ok but that will be something I take into account.

It’s a self portrait of just an average guy.  


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1 month 2 weeks ago #630087 by Vancopime
Ok I fixed it, so it should be less blurry. But does anyone know how to get rid of the patterns that show up in the background? The full size original has a smooth blue background but when I export it, the patterns show up...? Every once in a in a while this comes up.


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1 month 2 weeks ago #630106 by garyrhook
It's also an extremely shallow depth of field. The pupil appears to be in focus, but not much sharpening has been applied.

It's better without the added blur.

The image is quite dark. Based on the histogram, you could bring up the exposure quite a bit. He's got a lot of red in his hair and beard, and you could emphasize that against all that blue.

The light is nice and soft, and I like the position of the light. How big was the softbox?

Posture and shave the neck.

Banding of solid colors is always a problem. The question is, is it there in the original RAW file? What step in your PP causes it to show up? Start with adjusting the overall exposure and see what happens. We all have to learn to deal with this sort of thing in these types of shots (clear blue skies suffer from the same challenge).

Overall, pretty good.


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1 month 2 weeks ago #630149 by Monica Martinez
Spot on pointers! 


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1 month 2 weeks ago #630386 by Vancopime
Thanks for the critique. I had a pretty rudimentary setup, just a speed light pointed at the wall. I had to get a shallow enough depth of field to blur the wall texture but but not shallow enough to blur the beard. 

The banding happens when I export to JPG from Afinity Photo. I suspect it had something to do with its compression algorithm. I also see it happen with its RAW development. Maybe someday I’ll upgrade to photoshop. 


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1 month 2 weeks ago #630487 by Kira Minori
Well done! Keep posting! 


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1 month 1 week ago #630592 by NewavaMike
Looks great to me 


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1 month 1 week ago #630675 by Sara Miles
Same same! 


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