19 March 2010

Constructive Feedback Friday


This is the first time I am participating in iheartfaces’ Constructive Feedback Friday, where amateur/non-pro photographers get to submit a photo and their subsequent attempts at fix-its and get constructive feedback from contributors and other participants. How cool is that?

This is a photo that I took of Zoë just this afternoon. I love her look here, but the background is too cluttered, the lighting is not optimal, and I think a tighter crop might be nice, but I don’t want to lose her ‘pose’ with the feet in the foreground and all. Much? I used my old (really old!) Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot for this – f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO64, focal length:7.9mm.

The originalDSC06930

For the fix-it’s, I used a combination of Picasa and CS4. I’ve only recently attempted to play with Photoshop, so my knowledge and familiarity with the tools and function are a bit limited.

Fix #1

Fix #2

I am pretty sure more ‘magic’ could be done to make this much better…

so I would really appreciate all your comments on how I can do that. :)


Aunt LoLo said...

I don't know what else you could do to it...but I like the second one!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Well... you know me... I'm addicted to the focal black-and-white fix. I can't seem to help myself.

(Love your sweet girl!)

RM @ LMMP said...

For a point and shoot shot... this is pretty great!

My only comment is that I would avoid the over saturation in edit two.

If you are brave, you could try using a combination of the cloning tool and the healing brush to clone out the instructor. :) Patience is key here.

Laurel said...

I agree on the saturation comment here.. perhaps you could find a happy median between two and three..

jamielauren said...

Adorable shot of a adorable munchkin! I like that you blured the background yourself, but only because you did a good job! Most of the time, when people do that, it just looks sloppy. I say, blur in-camera or not at all :O)

A wider aperture would have blurred the background for you, but if you're using a p&s, I don't believe you can select your ap. Also, [personal preference] I would have made her feet the focus point and her face be a tad blurry rather than the other way around - just saying that, really, because you mentioned that you liked her feet in the foreground.

For me, the fact that her fingers are chopped off is an issue. As a pro, I'd have to discard this shot for that reason, but as a Momma [which I'm not] I'd want to keep it. Her face is precious!

I think you over-saturated a tad on the second edit, but i like where you were going with it. Her face needs a little more light on it. Can you mask and do a curves adjustment in CS4? Just on her face?

Sandy said...

Guess I like bright colors as I love your second edit! Such a cute photo and you did really well for a P&S camera. Great job on blurring out of camera too--that is hard so you did good with it.

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

I agree with what's been said. I LIKE the first edit a lot! You did an excellent blur! Sometimes we just can't help the backgrounds and in those cases, it's time to apply a texture! LOL

I like her position with her little feet out in front! And she is BEA-U-TIFUL!!

(If you don't know how to do the textures, iheartfaces has THE BEST tutorial for it on their site! Just search in the tutorials for it. That's how I learned how to do them! LOL)

Keyona said...

I don't have anything constructive to say other than I want to nibble on Zoe's toes! Too cute!

Nezzy said...

My suggestion was goin' to be to blur the background and ta...da... ya already had been there and done that! The pics are terrific and I'm lovin' those little 'piggies'.

Have a great weekend my friend!

Megan said...

i think for a point and shoot, you did really well capturing the depth of the room, and i like the instructor in the background, the placement of the 2 subjects is nice. i'd say, if possible (i don't know picassa) if you could blur out the background, but keep the blur from affecting her arms/body as much that may help for a more natural look- i like how the blur looks, though- pretty great compared to other times i've seen it done! nice work! then, in cs4, you can use the lasso around just her feet/ upper body and apply a light unsharp mask to really make her "pop" without it looking too "obviously" done. if you have pioneer woman's free action sets, using the sharpen THIS action with your soft brush will work GREAT for that also.


Teresa said...

Oh my goodness. This is the cutest picture! I like the 2nd edit best but would tone down the saturation just a tad. You did a great job on the background blur. Having her hands fully visible would have been great but it doesn't take away much for me. Wonderful shot!

*Jess* said...

What a sweet shot :)

CottageGirl said...

3 times the fun! They all look great to me!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I gosh, I wish I knew, I don't even try but it looks like you did a great job. What a sweet picture & those little toes! I just got a sudden urge to play this little piggy with someone but I will probably have to tackle them & hold them down!

Shelle said...

i think what you did here was great, but i'm like you...hate messy backgrounds. i've had to deal with that a lot lately with our house under construction, there's always something i don't want in the pic.

here's what i've started doing...i'm using microsoft picture it, and i just copy & paste to put another layer on top. then i can contrast the top layer to lighten or darken certain areas i don't like in the photo, or more often for shaded and unshaded areas. this has been working really well for my pics, i do it a lot in my macro too.

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