Any suggestions for this Cabezon?
Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:46 PM
This picture was taken in Monterey, CA with a Canon A720 and internal flash. I cropped the image a bit and did a bit of color balancing in photoshop.
Thanks for the help!
Posted 26 December 2008 - 10:07 PM
I'm new to underwater photography and just wanted some feedback to see how I'm doing and what elements I should be trying to improve on.
Monterrey can be a tough place to shoot, so congratulations, especially new to U/W photos. These guys are really tough since their main job is to blend end to the surroundings. I find that divers and fish folks like images of invisible fish but most non-divers just find them kinda boring. Another thing you may or may not understand is that as the photographer your brain is filling in around the image and I believe adding color and texture to your perception that other folks won't see. Somebody will call me on this and I can't prove it scientifically but I believe it to be true. That's one reason it's hard for us to judge our own images.
Anyway I took a shot at playing with your cabazon. I brought the overall exposure up a little and brought down the exposure on his white face which was closet to the strobe. I think this makes him stand out a little more from the background. Try sharpening him a little too. I did a tighter crop and threw in a vignette around the frame to help him stand out a little more. See what you think.
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:07 AM
Hope that this helps,
Posted 27 December 2008 - 02:29 AM
Posted 27 December 2008 - 06:41 AM
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:21 AM
All the things previously mentioned would help.
I would think of getting an external strobe and maybe an auxiliary wide angle lens. These would give you a better chance to do what others have mentioned. That is to better isolate your subject better without creating backscatter.
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 12:41 PM
Steve, your edit looks a lot better! You definitely made her stand out more.
I actually took this shot right after the one above:
But I feel like it has a lot of the problems of the first one (the distracting background, mainly). I did a tighter crop, which I think improved the image by a lot.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 02:11 PM
(the viewer will relate more equally to the subject; instead of making the subject inferior)
-try to find a cabezon sitting/perching on top of a rock
(you'll have water, black or green depending on if you're balancing ambient and strobe lighting, behind it instead of distracting "sea barf" background)
-look for good negative space (background) first then search for subjects on it.
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