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Just getting started with the whole DSLR thing after a few years of using a point and shoot so be gentle.

 

Here's a few of my efforts so far:

 

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Think I also prefer the 3rd one. First looks like they're walking into "the light". Second a similar effect might be slightly over done, think Id like ot have seen the subject a little more. But I think the third one is pretty much spot on.

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Like the third one, very moody and atmospheric.

Central Library isn't it.

Like the first and third one. :(

 

 

Yeah its is Central Library... cheers for the comments but I think people are going to find it hard to look at my photo's when your avatar is the lovely Samla Hayek's big bouncy boobs lol! :(

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Think I also prefer the 3rd one. First looks like they're walking into "the light". Second a similar effect might be slightly over done, think Id like ot have seen the subject a little more. But I think the third one is pretty much spot on.

 

Cheers, yeah the light was very low so there wasn't much to work and I thought I'd try and face the sun to give the pictures more interest else would have been a bit flat otherwise.

 

The 3rd one was taken during early afternoon so maybe thats a better time to be taking pics.

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Think I also prefer the 3rd one. First looks like they're walking into "the light". Second a similar effect might be slightly over done, think Id like ot have seen the subject a little more. But I think the third one is pretty much spot on.

 

Cheers, yeah the light was very low so there wasn't much to work and I thought I'd try and face the sun to give the pictures more interest else would have been a bit flat otherwise.

 

The 3rd one was taken during early afternoon so maybe thats a better time to be taking pics.

Will you take some voyeur ones of lasses with big tits in the town.

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Think I also prefer the 3rd one. First looks like they're walking into "the light". Second a similar effect might be slightly over done, think Id like ot have seen the subject a little more. But I think the third one is pretty much spot on.

 

Cheers, yeah the light was very low so there wasn't much to work and I thought I'd try and face the sun to give the pictures more interest else would have been a bit flat otherwise.

 

The 3rd one was taken during early afternoon so maybe thats a better time to be taking pics.

Will you take some voyeur ones of lasses with big tits in the town.

 

Haha why not! All in the name of art of course! :(

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I took the wife and camera to South Shields on Sunday and tried my hand at a bit of portrait photography... not done this before so thought i'd have a go at it.

 

Now there's a couple of things I know i've done wrong:

 

1) Too much unsharpen mask which i'll use less of next time as there's slight halos around objects on some pics if you look closely

 

2) Composition slightly off with too much white space to right of first 2... I think... but would welcome some feedback on this to see what others think

 

 

Anyway feedback as always is very welcome and appreciated

 

 

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Sorry missed them being posted. Really like the top ones. bottom two I think the lass kinda gets lost in the image. Second one down is my fave. bottom one I'd liked to have seen her standing further in front of the background and then with a shallow DOF and then in colour. Just imo of course :angry:

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Sorry missed them being posted. Really like the top ones. bottom two I think the lass kinda gets lost in the image. Second one down is my fave. bottom one I'd liked to have seen her standing further in front of the background and then with a shallow DOF and then in colour. Just imo of course :angry:

 

Cheers JawD.

 

With the last 2nd to last one I was going for a more artistic pic rather than it being a true portrait pic of the missus so I didn't mind her not being the full focus of the picture if you knwo what I mean? The last one I was more going for the street art candid type picture... I see what you mean though about maybe using the background with a shallower DOF and in colour so she doesn't kind of blend in with it quite so much.

 

I wouldn't mind asking you a question about these images if thats ok?

 

My mate (well more my wife's mate) is a photographer but only just started taking her first paid for bookings... anyways she had a look at some of mine and said she thinks i'm over producing them in photoshop. What do you think? I'm quite a big fan of post production and so would be interesting to see what you think regarding this.

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Well, in a way yes I'd agree. I don't do a massive amount in Photoshop. I prefer using filters as I take the shot. Depends on the effect I'm after. But its also personal preference. Take your shots above, the first one has had the colours boosted a fair bit so they look unnatural. However, its a style of image. I wouldnt say it was wrong, just a style. The second one down you have increased brightness so much you can't see any water and was it not for the land you wouldnt tell between that and the sea. But again, its a style.

 

If you go to these modern portrait shops now they do alot of that, boosting contrast etc in photoshop.

 

I can give examples of where I've done the same

 

This is one I took of my bairn and boosted the contrast and brightness in photoshop. But I liked the effect.

 

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I'm still learning myself though and that lass if she is turning professional probably knows a hell of a lot more than me I'd imagine!

 

Here is my Flickr stream, feel free to have a browse :angry:

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Well, in a way yes I'd agree. I don't do a massive amount in Photoshop. I prefer using filters as I take the shot. Depends on the effect I'm after. But its also personal preference. Take your shots above, the first one has had the colours boosted a fair bit so they look unnatural. However, its a style of image. I wouldnt say it was wrong, just a style. The second one down you have increased brightness so much you can't see any water and was it not for the land you wouldnt tell between that and the sea. But again, its a style.

 

If you go to these modern portrait shops now they do alot of that, boosting contrast etc in photoshop.

 

I can give examples of where I've done the same

 

This is one I took of my bairn and boosted the contrast and brightness in photoshop. But I liked the effect.

 

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I'm still learning myself though and that lass if she is turning professional probably knows a hell of a lot more than me I'd imagine!

 

Here is my Flickr stream, feel free to have a browse :angry:

 

Yeah you're right I suppose about it being a personal style. I think for me i'm not a purist in the sense that I enjoy taking a photograph and changing it to make it something slightly different. I think the photos that appeal to me the most are the one's that don't necesseraly look completely natural in most cases (although it really depends on the subject matter). So maybe I should stick with my own style and perfect it.

 

I guess individuality is what sets people apart as photographers and doing what you like is probs the best way forward even if you alientate some people as a result.

 

I've gone through some of your pics and they are very good... its a shame you only have a few street ones on there as you have a great eye for that type of shot judging by those photos... Street photography is probs my favourite type so I appreciate a good photo of this type.

 

I think the photo entitled "Joy" in the people set is outstanding btw... probs my favourite one i've looked at!

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One and Three I like a lot. Two needs all the right-hand side cropping off so your Mrs is in the right-hand third of the image.

 

The other two aren't really my thing, but there's nowt the matter with them.

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Have you got Lightroom Andy? It has a processing module that is like a mini stripped down Photoshop. Most of the adjustments work on sliders. I tend to do a version where its obvious its been processed and then another version where I drop the sliders to a level where its just noticeable that you've tweaked it. More often than not, I end up preferring the less manipulated one.

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Have you got Lightroom Andy? It has a processing module that is like a mini stripped down Photoshop. Most of the adjustments work on sliders. I tend to do a version where its obvious its been processed and then another version where I drop the sliders to a level where its just noticeable that you've tweaked it. More often than not, I end up preferring the less manipulated one.

 

Thanks for the feedback mate.

 

Yeah I defo agree with your comments about no.2... the more I look at it the more I think I didnt quite get the composition quite right. Its definately a learning curve though so i'm pleased that i'm getting some right and appreciate the feedback as it helps me improve on the ones i dont get quite right.

 

I've not used Lightroom tbh, but I'm going to do what you said and have 2 different images saved and compare the 2 to see which I prefer... good advice!

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Belta Min.……

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Haha I'm shocked no one has put anything like that actually! Very respectful on this board it has to be said :lol:

 

Either that or everyone thinks me missus is rank lol :icon_lol:

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Belta Min.……

:lol:

 

 

Haha I'm shocked no one has put anything like that actually! Very respectful on this board it has to be said :icon_lol:

 

Either that or everyone thinks me missus is rank lol :lol:

:icon_lol:

She's not. :angry:

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Belta Min.……

:icon_lol:

 

 

Haha I'm shocked no one has put anything like that actually! Very respectful on this board it has to be said :lol:

 

Either that or everyone thinks me missus is rank lol :lol:

:icon_lol:

She's not. :angry:

 

 

Haha thanks... thats reassuring to know :lol:

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Here's some pics I took of my mates baby... was good fun to try out something i'd never done before. Obviously its a learning curve with any new subject material so take in to account this was my 1st attempt.

 

 

 

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Feedback appreciated as always

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Gawd you're worse than the wife :lol:

 

1. Selective colouring doesnt always work, but I like the choice here.

2. Nice shot, not much is wrong with that one

3. As 2

4. Another nice one. Id maybe have zoomed in and cropped a bit to lose some of the background (arm etc)

5. Nice again, would have been interesting if you used a reflector. That would have bounced some of the natural light back on to the subjects dark face. I dont have one either, its on my to do list :icon_lol:

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Gawd you're worse than the wife :lol:

 

1. Selective colouring doesnt always work, but I like the choice here.

2. Nice shot, not much is wrong with that one

3. As 2

4. Another nice one. Id maybe have zoomed in and cropped a bit to lose some of the background (arm etc)

5. Nice again, would have been interesting if you used a reflector. That would have bounced some of the natural light back on to the subjects dark face. I dont have one either, its on my to do list :icon_lol:

 

 

Haha cheers JawD! I think its pretty much only me and you in here these days unfortunately!

 

Yeah I think selective colour looks good in some instances but not others, I liked this one but tried it with a few others and wasnt keen... can look to fake I think at times. Also it's fidly as I use the history brush... am sure there's an easier way tho.

 

I've not heard of a reflector before but will have a look in to it as sounds like it could be a useful tool!

 

One problem I experienced was the lack of light in my mates house and having to use a slower shutter speed to stop the pics being under exposed... only problem with a slow shutter speed and a active baby is lots of blurred pictures lol... other than buying some expensive photography lights do you have any suggestions?

 

As always cheers for the feedback!

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