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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cool daddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2013 at 23:16
Hi,

Next time a little more attention to the background, I usually put some bottles filled with water at the bottom to get it flattened.

My exif reader says, 45mm @ F8 1/60 and a very high ISO of 400 , If thats correct then that is why you see the background this good, at F8 the DOF is large...

Maybe some nice info for you here in this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yY4cNh0X60

And here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxGClK5rKnY

And +1 for the square crop !   
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Well, I knew (I tried), if I set iso to 100, background will go avay, but, lightning on faces also will be much more contrasty and shadows deep. So I think, in my case, changing alignment will help more.
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Thanks, but besides the color fix, these improvements also make imperfections more prominent, don't you think so?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jeroon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2013 at 18:23
Hi Alex / CuriousOne, here my suggestion. A bit more mysteriously...



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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 00:34
Originally posted by CuriousOne CuriousOne wrote:

Thanks, but besides the color fix, these improvements also make imperfections more prominent, don't you think so?
I can only work with what you offer.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 01:42
That works better svjetlana.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Koloth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 02:24
svjetlana............ you beat me to it with your conversion to bw, I was going to suggest the same but with a bit more contrast. Heres my quick imperfect example..


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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 02:37
A bit too dark, methinks. Makes the women look haggard.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MartyMoose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 02:46
To the OP...

I like the photo you originally posted the best of all the edit offerings thus far. I think the background needs some work, not the ladies, per se.

If you can mask the background with some complimentary cool temperature then you might be onto something. If it were me, I'd spend a little time doing some masking work but I would nt spend too much time on it unless the picture was important to the client.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote CuriousOne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 12:10
Well, seems like I made improper topic title.

The question was not exactly how to fix this current photo, it was how to fix the particular shooting errors. This photo has no value, I've taken a bunch of them, and client was me, not them, so I need suggestions not how to fix this photo, but what to change in future lightning/etc setup, to avoid same errors shown in this photo.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigwave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 13:02
I'm curious about the story behind this photo CuriousOne, the mood and feeling you are aiming for.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MartyMoose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2013 at 15:55
Originally posted by CuriousOne CuriousOne wrote:

Well, seems like I made improper topic title.

The question was not exactly how to fix this current photo, it was how to fix the particular shooting errors. This photo has no value, I've taken a bunch of them, and client was me, not them, so I need suggestions not how to fix this photo, but what to change in future lightning/etc setup, to avoid same errors shown in this photo.

Oh, yeah that's different.

What I like about the image...
Natural looking models, implied nudes
Gold colored light gives an impression of early sunlight or good health?
Eye contact

What I don't like about the image...
The composition for being square to the camera position
The framing of the subjects
One body with two heads
The background
Lighting

There is connection with the observer with good eye contact and connection between the two models with touching, but the composition seems to lack energy or interest.

If these are implied nudes then I think that was accomplished, but if they are nudes then they could benefit with more style/grace to the composition.

Composition... These ladies might benefit with feminine posturing versus being square to the camera position. Some very successful photographers have made a great living from portraits of clients' head and shoulders square with the camera position, but there's usually some other element(s) to the image such as deep display of emotion, human physical character, etc.

For the lighting... Im unsure. That's to-taste I suppose. However, in direct response to the question, there are three properties in this photo I'd change prior to the next session: composition, lighting and background.

There's a lot of art in the science, and vise versa.
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