Matt's Bride, Kate

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I am still digging through the mountain of pictures from Matt's (mrsollars') wedding last weekend.

Here is one that I thought came out pretty well

I am including a cropped version to show more detail on the face as well

Shot with a D80, 50mm f/1.8 wide open with available light through a stained glass window
Did some levels and softening of the skin with PS CS3

Comments and suggestions are always appreciated

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Blake
 

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Nice work Blake,

After your skin work, I would consider doing one more tiny bit of sharpening on the shot. I did a small amount on your posted image and it held up well, and the skin stayed smooth, but the eyes and hair and lips were better. Just a thought, You could also do some selective sharpening too. Not much was needed, I used in NX 18, 7, 2

I am sure some of the portrait pros here will have more accurate and viable comments and details about your shot than I.

cheers,

Wade
 
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I really like the tinted light that is coming on the right from that stain glass window you mentioned. I wonder if the same thing can be accomplished with colored gels on a flash.

Strobist project anyone?
 
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i agree, the posted images could definitely use some sharpening.

Does exporting to a jpeg lose some of the sharpness?

The .PSD documents look razor sharp on the eyes, but I agree these jpegs look a little dull

Thanks for the comments
Blake
 
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Nice shot! If I would like anything it would be to be a little sharper. But the angle and shot is great just like it is.
 
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Does exporting to a jpeg lose some of the sharpness?
It's very likely there is some loss in the conversion, however... it would surprise me if it would be enough to make the difference. I would probably at least hit it with another USM with 50-65%. I do want to note the skin looks uneven and almost like an airbrushed job... what does the original look like?

She's a gorgeous bride though. :wink:
 
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Well, you asked for critique, so here is my critique:

I find the PP way overdone to the point where you will probably insult the bride. The skin is so retouched that I can see your brush strokes and there is some posterization effect.
It almost looks as if she had a black eye and you we're trying to hide it.

Can we see the original?
 
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I'm not sure if your degree of softening was purposeful. To me it is overdone. It is too far past natural, even beyond artistic for my taste. I tend to prefer as little touching up work on skin as is absolutely necessary in order to maintain a natural look.

The lighting, pose and composition are excellent.
 
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I agree with NB23 and Walter. Her skin looks a bit too close to being airbrushed. A bit of texture to keep it looking natural is never a bad thing. Otherwise, an excellent shot.
 
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