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Unread 05-04-2011, 04:35 AM   #1
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Litchi Faye Ling Cosplay and others

I was just wondering what you guys thought about some of my pictures. I haven't been exactly doing photo shoots but I did manage to pull out a couple and I'm still looking for photos which I think are decent looking. It's been a while since I've used deviantart so I don't have as many uploads as I use to have.

Any ways, here is one of the ones I'm curious about what people think http://drmcfondled.deviantart.com/ar...play-207379498

Of course I have a couple others which I also enjoy. They're in my page http://drmcfondled.deviantart.com

I'm wondering how can I improve myself at becoming a better photographer pretty much.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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Your images seemed to be underexposed about 1-1.5 stops for the subject due to brighter background. In the image linked above, "Lady Cloud Strife FFVI", "No.02" (seen on http://drmcfondled.deviantart.com/), faces appear darker than anything else.

Adjust exposure by exposure compensation setting as appropriate with your camera if possible. Adjusting it later may introduce needless noise; larger the increase, more the artifacts there will be.

Some have heavy blue color cast too; "No.02" for example. Adjustment of white balance would depend on the software you use. In Photoshop & GIMP, "auto white balance" and/or "Curves" options are two ways to reach there.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 06:44 AM   #3
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The first shot is the only link that would open here at work

Ah, well. First off I love Litchi ^^ On that shot I think a better angle would've been nicer. It's pretty gorgeous as is, but play around with angles and you'll be amazed at the difference that same pose would have worked from another view. That's some info someone once gave me :P Also some Levels and Curves could really kick it up a notch to get some light in there.

Sorry my job wouldn't let me see the other page :'(


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Unread 05-07-2011, 02:40 PM   #4
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I'm wondering how can I improve myself at becoming a better photographer pretty much.
In general, if you are going to take just one picture of a cosplayer, make it a full-body shot.

Pay attention to lighting. http://drmcfondled.deviantart.com/#/d3fgyfg is a good example, it looks like most of the light is coming from behind the subject, so re-orient yourself and your subject for more optimum lighting.
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Unread 05-23-2011, 01:43 PM   #5
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Posted a picture of what it would look like if everyone's suggestions were taken into account.
I just did a quick 5 min PS job on it, nothing fancy. Here's a list of what I edited based on suggestions and my own personal preference:

-Adjusted Cosplayer's exposure to +1.5 stops
-Ran a warming filter to help neutralize blue color cast (couldn't find a neutral color to WB on)
-Cloned exposure adjusted Cosplayer onto BG
-Adjusted curves to brighten up Cosplayer's face

I also added a vignette to this last photo to show how simple things can make a difference on a photo:



If you want me to take these down for any reason, just let me know.

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