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Old Jun 2, 2015, 3:22 PM   #1
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This was taken with natural lighting around 4:30 in the evening.
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Old Jun 2, 2015, 3:45 PM   #2
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Good use of available light. Exposure is very good. Subject matter is adorable. The background is the only thing that detracts from this shot.
(this is something I have trouble with, too, still, after all these years. You'd think I'd learn, eventually)
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Old Jun 2, 2015, 4:32 PM   #3
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This rendition uses the built-in "auto levels" capability of PE to adjust levels to theoretical (which seemed to help).

Then I used the "dodge" tool to reduce the shadow on the left side of the subjects face (for more even appearance).
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Old Jun 3, 2015, 12:41 AM   #4
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Thank you VT, she is my daughter with her dog Sophia. I hadn't noticed the background, that will be something I will work on in the future.

Sdromel, I didn't like the shadow on her face, but I didn't think it was correctable. Thank you, it made such a difference! I have just installed Adobe Photoshop. (Picasa has been great but it is so limited. For instance, the shadow!) I am hoping to get the hang of editing on PS soon. I shot in RAW for the first time today. VERY intimidating!
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Old Jun 14, 2015, 5:06 PM   #5
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what our eyes 'see' is moderated by our super-computer brains
the vertical molding is 'tuned out' when viewing live

the camera lens sees EVERYTHING

the trick, which no one (except possibly Ansel Adams) has MASTERED, is to see like a 2D unfiltered camera

I try to picture myself sketching the image with charcoal (no, I can't draw) ~ would I include the vertical molding ?
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Old Jul 16, 2015, 4:58 AM   #6
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The shot is good, the pose is good
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