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Family portraits

Discussion in 'People' started by hangman, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. hangman


    Aug 13, 2006
    Lone Star State
  2. the_traveler


    Mar 22, 2007
    en route
    These are basically pretty good and will respond to some post-processing pretty well.

    It's difficult to make a generalization about 5 different pictures that will hold but let me take a shot.

    There is lots and lots of extra space in these pictures. That allows the eye to wander.
    The pictures are over-bright, under-saturated and flat at the same time. but I think they will all respond to some post-processing. This is all certainly due to the situation in which you took the pictures, full shade, bright shirts, fair complexions.

    Here is a small edit on one of the pictures.

    I cropped to get rid of non-contributing space, increased contrast, lowered white point so that the shirts weren't so blinding, increased saturation to give his face some color and sharpened it some.

    Hope this makes ome sense, on my way out.


  3. nice-looking family
    my one point to you...
    in portraiture... the old adage.... "FILL THE FRAME" almost always fits the situation

    #s 1 and 3... need to be cropped aggressively
    and.... try to keep folks out of the MIDDLE of the frame

    the "RULE OF THIRDS" goes a long way in portraiture, as well


    a few points to ponder
    the exposures and IQs are ok...
    you are doing fine... keep shooting and posting
  4. the only ones I dislike are the 1st and 3rd, there's a lot of empty space that adds nothing to the image, and also the heavy distortion.
  5. let me give you one example here...
    this is my favorite shot in this series:


    i have re-cropped it...
    and re-sharpened and done some work on the her eyes and the color balance
    the thing is.... your image is a great idea
    but... you need to get rid of all that EXCESS on the left side of the image
    you have this desire to put her as close to the middle of the frame as you can
    by cropping out the left side... you get her out of the middle and make the image more dynamic/less statis
    i hope you don't mind me posting this redo
    IF you do... i'll remove it, immediately:

  6. and....
    it's ok to use the center of the frame, too
    in this image of yours:
    try to crop out the "excess" and make the people the STARS of the image:
    NIKON D300    ---    45mm    f/3.5    1/640s    ISO 200

    after the cropping
    i did a bit of color balancing and... most importantly... sharpening
  7. the_traveler


    Mar 22, 2007
    en route
    IMO, the picture that will give you the most problem is #5.
    Lots of different skin tones, little boy seems OOF and, most of all, the wife looks real hippy and her arm looks big.

    This is something you need to try and catch in the taking but can be remedied somewhat in PP using the fluidify filter and some careful cropping.

    When this is done in the full-res image, you can conceal the distortion of the other areas by masking some.

  8. here's my try with THAT image:
    you don't have to use any fluidify filter on humans....
    like this:
    NIKON D300    ---    20mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 200
  9. hangman


    Aug 13, 2006
    Lone Star State
    Thank you so much everyone!!!

    Please keep em coming :) 
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