July 10, 2009

I Heart Faces - Constructive Feedback Friday

Today, I Heart Faces if giving the chance for the first 40 people to enter a chance to receive feedback from other contributers on a photo.

I am entering one from a family shoot I did recently. I really struggle with family pictures from posing all the way thru editing.

I am really looking forward to receiving the comments on how to improve.

(f/4.5, 1/60 sec, focal length 32, ISO 100, no flash)

All editing was done thru Photoshop CS3


Drew said...

I think you did a beautiful job with the edit. This may be a matter of personal preference, but I played around with the picture to see what I would change. One thing I noticed is that the grass looks somewhat technicolored (due to the yellows). I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing because it gives the photo a bit of a glow. If you wanted to tone it down, though, it's very easy to do. Just make a hue adjustment layer, choose the yellow channel and decrease the saturation of the yellow. I also did a hue saturation layer that toned down some of the red in the skin tones. Again, a matter of personal taste. I think the main change that I would make in this photo is to crop it to a printable size. Right now, you have it at about 5 x 4. You would want to crop it to the size you would print it (4x6, 5x7, or 8x10). That way, you'll know that nothing will get cut off in the printing process. I went ahead and cropped for 5x7. There are some blown-out parts of the grass in the background, but I don't think this is a big deal. The focus is clearly on this beautiful family. I added a slight vignette to focus in further on the family. When I add vignettes, I always try to keep them light and unobtrusive. Sorry for jumping all over the place on this. I just wanted to let you know that you captured a beautiful portrait here! I'll post a link to my change in a minute. Take care!

Unknown said...

I think your picture is great. Any family would love that to bits. Do you struggle with family shots because it is hard to get everyone looking at the same time?

Drew said...

My change is here: http://rileyyearinphotos.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-faces-constructive-feedback-friday.html


Tara said...

Great shot! One thing I notice is that the background is a bit too much in focus. Next time try using a larger aperture, or use a longer lens from farther away. This is honestly nitpicking though, since I would love to have a family portrait like this one!