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Unread 08-09-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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CC please, 1st cosplay shoot

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Unread 08-09-2010, 09:17 PM   #2
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1) Nice headshot. I'm wondering why you had to shoot ISO 3200? It looks like you have a nice light source. The eye being in the very center of the image is curious, but it works ok for this image. I'd consider cropping in from the right to maybe get rid of some of the dead space in the top right. The post or noise reduction or jpeg compression or whatever it is that's texturing her skin and hair are very distracting.

2) The white balance is off. Her skin tone is too reddish. The white marble is reddish. You have all that room at the top to show off the setting and yet you cut off the bottom of her dress. The lines are all askew because of the angle/focal length. I find it a bit distracting, personally. Again, her eye is pretty much dead center of the image.

Thanks for sharing. Hope to see more!
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Unread 08-10-2010, 08:29 AM   #3
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Thanks for comment. I had a hard time to use the right white balance when shooting indoor.

The headshot was shot in a dark room with one ceiling light + on camera flash bounce backwards to get rid of the shadows on her face. I did some PP to remove imperfection of her skin..maybe that's where the noise come from.

The 2nd shot again used on camera flash bounce from the back... I dunno what white balance I should use there. The indoor light were yellowish but the flash casted a blue tint on her entire body. If I didn't use flash, her face would be really dark
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Unread 08-10-2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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Regarding white balance. Its just not that its white balanced wrong because shooting RAW you're able to correct for the most part. Its because there are two dominating light sources. Recently that came up here.
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=214183
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Unread 08-27-2010, 12:41 PM   #5
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In the first photo, why is everything smooshed and the only thing that wasn't blurred is the eyes? I love the color and everything, but eye stands out too much ;w;
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Unread 08-29-2010, 07:00 PM   #6
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1.) I agree, the eye in the first picture stands out too much. I couldn't stop looking at it. And for me, it looked... fake. I don't know what about it (yes it's contacts,) but the mascara just gave me a strange feeling, along with the texture in the cheeks. It just gives me a weird feeling overall.

2.) The flash seems to make her look extra red, yet it seems to make her look dead at the same time (does that even make sense?). Also the light reflections on the walls are a bit distracting.
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Unread 09-01-2010, 03:50 PM   #7
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In the first photo, why is everything smooshed and the only thing that wasn't blurred is the eyes? I love the color and everything, but eye stands out too much ;w;
I mask the eye and change the blue color's curve in photoshop to make it pop, maybe thats what make it so sharp.
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Unread 09-01-2010, 04:13 PM   #8
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the only thing that wasn't blurred is the eyes
This is viable. For most magazine/glamour photos they'll mask the skin and blur it, but not the eyes, nostrils, lips, etc.

The key to making it work is moderation. Make a second layer and adjust the opacity to where you think it should be. Then back it off 20% from that :P
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Unread 09-01-2010, 04:33 PM   #9
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I'm no photographer, but in the first picture near the bottom I can see the tips of her gloved hand. And now that I notice it, it's distracting. Maybe crop a little more?
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Unread 09-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #10
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When Photoshopping up close headshots, you need to be very contrived with your work. Blurring is only 1 part of smoothing skin and it needs to be applied very slightly if at all. I've gotten to the point where I don't blur skin at all anymore and simply stick the healing brush. Also, if you're going to apply a blurring layer, then you need to mask it down to just the skin. The flowers on her head, her hair, her eyebrow all look like they were digitally painted. It's fine to give an image a painted look, but clearly that's not what you were going for because you masked the eyes.

So in the future, only the skin should have a blurring effect to soften it. Hair, eyebrows, attire, and mouth should all be left untouched, or actually sharpened to enhance the contrast from the skin. I also agree with a previous poster that said to crop out the glove. Either you meant her hand to be part of the headshot or you didn't. From what I see, you didn't, therefore the hand shouldn't be there at all.

I try to stay away from giving photo critiques because it is really no ones business to interpret the original intention of the photographer. Since this is mainly just addressing the technical post processing aspect of the photo, I felt I could contribute.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 07:57 AM   #11
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Thanks for suggestions. I will try the cropping and masking next time.
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