D700 portrait CC welcome

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Tommot1965
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D700 portrait CC welcome
Sep 5, 2012

Had a model shoot 2 weeks back..my first time in a full on studio set up...even though some shots were underexposed due to operator error..I managed to pull them back in Post..the d700 seems to have quite a bit of latitude in that area .love my D700

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This photo look very good on my screen--nice shot and lighting.
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Great photo. Congratualtions.

Show it to the people who maintain that any sensor below 36 MP (meaning D800) is not able to provide adequate details.
Your photo is a great example of the above myth..........
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Good portrait. Good lighting.

morawa wrote:

Great photo. Congratualtions.

Show it to the people who maintain that any sensor below 36 MP (meaning D800) is not able to provide adequate details.

Good luck finding such people.

Your photo is a great example of the above myth..........
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Really nice. Well done sir!

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agree+++1.

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great lighting, fine color, and gorgeous face

Actually think you have more detail than necessary - skin could typically be just a little less revealing. Sharpness of hair, teeth, and eyes nice, but not necessary to see every fine hair, skin detail just generally ... what f stop did you use? - dof could be usefully shallower

but terrific work

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Soften the skin tones down.....the rest is BANG in focus! and very nice! beautiful girl..... you have talent with the camera.....

IMO just the skin tones are too sharp.....smoothen slightly for a cracking image! potentially a great portrait , maybe you're processing doesnt quite match your photography skills??

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The lighting is very good. I like the sharpness of the eyes.

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thanks for the CC and Knind comments Guys..Ill take on board the suggestions in this thread when processing my next set

heres one of another model from the day shooting

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In reply to Tommot1965, Sep 9, 2012

Very pretty lady and great shot but definitely too much detail in the skin, this is not flattering to any woman no matter how young or beautiful - you can see every pore and hair! Unless it's a medical photo she needs some major skin softening. There are lots of tools out there to do skin softening, I use NIK tools.

I would also light up the photo overall and whiten up the teeth a bit and maybe tone the saturation down slightly. Not to sound harsh but this could be an AMAZING photo with a iittle more pp.

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Great shots, yes, please NR skin of 1st model. Otherwise liked 'em very much...
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In reply to Fletch147, Sep 9, 2012

thanks for the kind comments Guys

I think Fletch hit the nail on the head with his post..in that my PP skills could be better..Ive not done too much with people before and as such skin tones and softening are a new area to me....to be honest Im not sure how to do it..

if anyone would like to take the image and PP it further to improve the photo in areas that need work that would be good ......id be grateful if you could post it in this thread for a comparison and the steps that you took to get it there

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Soften the skin tones down.....the rest is BANG in focus! and very nice! beautiful girl..... you have talent with the camera.....

IMO just the skin tones are too sharp.....smoothen slightly for a cracking image! potentially a great portrait , maybe you're processing doesnt quite match your photography skills??

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Tommot1965 wrote:

if anyone would like to take the image and PP it further to improve the photo in areas that need work that would be good ......id be grateful if you could post it in this thread for a comparison and the steps that you took to get it there

Just a quick 5 minute play with the image ... there is no accounting for taste. Extracted to a separate layer using Topaz Remask. Darkened the background. Ran the model through Topaz Detail to soften, (after masking the eyes), then recombined the layers. It is for some tastes probably over softened.

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Eyes look fakey, but it's ok other than that.

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Had a model shoot 2 weeks back..my first time in a full on studio set up...even though some shots were underexposed due to operator error..I managed to pull them back in Post..the d700 seems to have quite a bit of latitude in that area .love my D700

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morawa wrote:

Show it to the people who maintain that any sensor below 36 MP (meaning D800) is not able to provide adequate details.
Your photo is a great example of the above myth..........

Indeed, anyone who think you need a 36mp camera to produce nice 0.25mp images for the web should see this image. Clearly only 12mp is required.

With tongue firmly in cheek...

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Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. wrote:

Just a quick 5 minute play with the image ... there is no accounting for taste. Extracted to a separate layer using Topaz Remask. Darkened the background. Ran the model through Topaz Detail to soften, (after masking the eyes), then recombined the layers. It is for some tastes probably over softened.

Very nice Karl.

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I honestly like the original best a little less sharpening on the face maybe but a lovely portrait one that actually has skin tone for a change.

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The more I look at it, the more I like it. I like the ratio of light vs. shadow. A touch of softening of her skin might look good, but it also looks lovely as is. Her hair looks wonderful. The only thing that doesn't necessarily fit is the excess of mascara she's wearing for this style of portrait.

The second one is more dramatic. The colours and lighting look good to me. Lightening her clothing in select areas would add more definition. If you use rational thought, you find she looks uncomfortable in that pose, but lots of fashion/models appear that way. I can't quite comprehend why people want that. A natural bearing and expression can deliver an inviting, personal appeal--to remind us that these models are genuine people.

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In reply to mothergoose, Sep 10, 2012

thanks for doing a redo of the image Karl...your edit now makes mine look rather stark...Ill have a play in PP and see if I can use the tools you describe

again thanks for the comments guys...good or bad that what CC is all about..improving ones art

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