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#1 christianh

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:47 AM

Hi guys,

I would like to ask for your expertise on how (if) this picture can be improved, or how I could have shot it differently.
The image is slightly cropped from original and minor contrast adjustments have been made, but it looks more or less like original raw.

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#2 AllisonFinch

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:44 AM

Faster shutter speed to darken the busy background.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:06 PM

The background in the lower left is lit by the strobe. The only way to darken that is different strobe positions.

I would also have a little padding around this guy. I like his mouth but it needs a bit of space around it.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:03 AM

Did you try any shots with the strobe light at a different angle?

A little fill light on the left eye would help, using a second strobe or bringing a single strobe towards the right, emphasising the face, rather than the right pectoral fin and gill cover.

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#5 christianh

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:17 AM

Thanks for your valuable feedback!

Seems I need to work to get more pictures per subject and be very careful about strobe positions. I only shoot with one strobe these days, I realized until I handle one really well (for 60mm kinda shots) the second will only cause trouble.
I only got one chance on this guy due to current and that he got scared, but that's no excuse =)

The cropping is a little tight yes, there's a bit more space in the original I can put back.
Will make a mockup tonight in PS with your suggestions, to get an idea on how the image could've looked with better strobe positions.

Cheers!

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:14 PM

It took a bit longer than i expected, but something like this might be better?

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

It took a bit longer than i expected, but something like this might be better?

DSC_6676_v2_1.jpg


A few adjustments in Lightroom.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:17 AM

While the original was too warm I think your adjustments made it too cold. The truth lies somewhere in the middle :-).

I like how this photo is progressing!