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Old Dec 16, 2006, 10:50 PM   #1
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Look, Terry, all feet accounted for!!!
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Old Dec 16, 2006, 11:35 PM   #7
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David,

Not bad.

I think 3 & 4 are the best of the group, but the crops need to be tighter on the action (vertical crops would work better) - you've got a lot of dead space around the action.

1&2 are sharp, but just not decent action.

I would also say the exposure looks a bit off - the faces are way too shadowed. I'm not sure if it's an aspect of the lighting or your processing but I'm guessing processing - because you've got bright whites and dark darks but your midtones are a bit to dark. This is also key on 3 - it's the facial expressions that really make a shot like this jump out.

Here's a different type of shot - but similar facial expression - having the face properly exposed really makes it jump out:



Of course, this is just my opinion. Yours and other shooters may differ!
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Just running with John's suggestion





While I agree that this is better framing for this shot, I have found that the wider shots, in many cases sell more prints becuse they involve more subjects.

I have found that if I take a series of shots and crop individuals out of a couple but leave one in tact as a wide shot, parents will purchase both the wide shot and the cropped.
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Agreed. I dont sell my prints, however, I do make slide shows set to music and playable on a home DVD player. If I cropped every picture so that the specific subject was the only thing in the shot, it would result in 95% of my shots being vertical in orientation resulting in alot of black space on the television set . In my application, filling the screen cretes a much more interesting result than I would get with something that left me with a vertical result.

I do have a friend who shoots games and sells his prints and he also tells me what you said, Ron, and that is by and large, he sells more wide shots than narrow.

John, this gym is tough to shoot in, hot spots all over the place. It is made worse from my position so I do get a wide variety of the anamolies you mentioned. I am by no means a PS expert, or even a PS Novice. I am sure I could clean up many of these images in PSand would love to be able to but I may use 30 pictures a game so it is time prohibitive. I use Picasa to clean up the best ones and run them through Noiseware Pro. The players and parents ooohhh and ahhhh over what I produce. Me on the other hand, I see every flaw, many of which you mentioned.

On my to do list for this year is to take a PS class

Thanks for your input, I appreciate it!
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