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Old May 14, 2005, 1:33 AM   #1
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So I just bought my first SLR on the 8th and I took this on the 10th. It wasn't a pose or anything. Just talking to my girlfriend outside of work while she sat in her car. I took about 50 shots, but this one stood out and I really like it. What do you think? I am still trying to learn how all this stuff works, so don't go too postal on me.
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Old May 17, 2005, 12:57 AM   #2
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This is basically a very nice shot. My preference would be for a tighter crop to eliminate the car seatback, and increase saturation and contrast. The angle of the photo is very good, and captures your subject in a flattering manner.

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Old May 17, 2005, 2:06 AM   #3
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Just an experiment, I am also learning...
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Old May 17, 2005, 3:41 AM   #4
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Nice edit, gwei.

I prefer the framing as it is. The back of the car seat eleminates the need for the viewer to guess. Without it, the viewer can wonder what her extend arm is on and what is in the background. For me, the cropped version provides no more impact than the original.

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Old May 17, 2005, 4:50 AM   #5
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Thanks Rodney. It's all your trics. One day I'll probably shave my head as well......:blah:
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A couple comments about previous edits:

Don't be so quick to remove permanent marks such as moles. While we want to make our subjects look their best, we shouldn't recreate them. Instead of complete removal, try softening them slightly.

A contrast and saturation boost is ok, but not so good when it renders the colors incorrectly. For this image, a slightly less saturated, color correct image will be more flattering for the subject with no digital alterations.

Here is my go at an edit. I cropped it slightly different so the subject doesn't look so sunken down in the image.

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Old May 18, 2005, 11:28 AM   #7
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I have to say I like the original because it is more of a candid shot than a planned shot. I like the softness of the original and have to agree with Rodney in keeping the original crop.

You say it is your first SLR, I think you will like it. I have had a couple of SLR's but my DRebel is my first DSLR. Don't be afraid to try new things, since you said you took about 50 shots of your girlfriend, I guess you aren't afraid to do that.

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Rodney, your color correction and cropping is great. But I would like to see the lips get sharpened and darkened little bit as well. Is there any reason not to do so?
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