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Old Apr 6, 2009, 9:35 PM   #1
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Portrait of my nephew.

I'm posting it here, because I'm looking for opinions on whether it's too soft, just right, or somewhere in between.

Note the image has been modified: skin softening, eye sharping, removing a graphic from his sweatshirt, etc.
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Old Apr 8, 2009, 8:23 PM   #2
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IMO, I think you got it nailed, considering theinnocenence of thesubject, age etc,maybe even perhaps a titch softer.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Nice shot
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An opinion from someone who's pretty hopeless at portrait photography - I'd have left the hair a bit sharper (or sharpened it a bit). I like the rest of it. But I'm NOT someone who knows anything about portraits.
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Thanks for the kind words and advice.

Sharp eyes and soft everything else seems to be my MO in portraits these days.

I think when I softened his skin, it really exaggerated his soft/fine hair. I really wish I had a high end inkjet, so I could just the output accordingly.

My sister-in-law (his mother), hasn't really given me any feedback as of yet, so I have no idea what she thinks. :roll:
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As in all art, it is 95% subjective, in the eyes of the beholder.
Me personally, I am an eyes person. In this photo the childs eyes jump of the screen(page) 100%, and screams innocence..IMO.. this is what "grabbed" me.
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khillabolt wrote:
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Thanks for the kind words and advice.

Sharp eyes and soft everything else seems to be my MO in portraits these days.

I think when I softened his skin, it really exaggerated his soft/fine hair. I really wish I had a high end inkjet, so I could just the output accordingly.
I was going to suggest this; applying different settings for the skin and hair while keeping the eyes sharp. Otherwisethe hair looks as ifshot at high iso rather than offering a deberately applied a'soft' look. Btw, I must saythe moment you captured quite appealed to me also
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