My 5 year old's "school" picture

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My 5 year old's "school" picture

Postby Psalm139 » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:56 pm

I decided to take my own school picture of my son because the school photographer charges an insane amount of money for pictures. We were at the zoo and I ended up taking this picture during lunch and decided it would
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Postby blue-eden » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:20 am

He's so cute! love that big smile!

I see a bit of "glowiness" around him, did you mask his face back in after some PP work? I see a halo around his head.
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Postby Psalm139 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:42 am

No, I burned the background to bring the focus more on him.
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Postby blue-eden » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:04 am

That's what I see, then, like a whitish glow around his head where the burning ends.
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Postby Psalm139 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:00 pm

blue-eden wrote:That's what I see, then, like a whitish glow around his head where the burning ends.

Yeah. I went back and fixed it on the copy I have on my computer :)
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Postby photofashionista » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:52 pm

I've seen my neice's expensive school pictures and I'm always less than impressed. Once they didn't even center her in the frame! I think it's a great idea to do your own school pictures.

I agree, his expression is adorable!
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Postby Psalm139 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:30 pm

photofashionista wrote:I've seen my neice's expensive school pictures and I'm always less than impressed. Once they didn't even center her in the frame! I think it's a great idea to do your own school pictures.

I agree, his expression is adorable!


Thanks :) Other than that accidental halo effect around him, do you see anything you would change?
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Postby photofashionista » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:09 pm

No, I think it looks great. :)
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Postby blue-eden » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:24 am

Looks great otherwise!
My only other nitpicks would be the clothing choice, the centeredness of the composition, the way his fingers have been chopped off, the light is a bit flat, and the location is distracting with the pole coming right out of his head and all the benches, etc.

But it depends if you are going for more of a portrait, or a casual picture, kwim? For a fun outdoor pic, this is nice!
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Postby Psalm139 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:19 am

blue-eden wrote:Looks great otherwise!
My only other nitpicks would be the clothing choice, the centeredness of the composition, the way his fingers have been chopped off, the light is a bit flat, and the location is distracting with the pole coming right out of his head and all the benches, etc.

But it depends if you are going for more of a portrait, or a casual picture, kwim? For a fun outdoor pic, this is nice!


So basically if it was a completely different picture it would be good? Well considering it was just a quick snapshot at lunch at the zoo on a cloudy day, I think it looks pretty good...............
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Postby blue-eden » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:46 am

It does look good! I'm not trying to be offensive, trust me. I would never intentionally try to make someone feel bad about an image.

Those are just the *nitpicks* if you were going for the whole "formal portrait" style thing. The attention to details are important for the more formal stuff.

When I take quick snapshots of the kids, I don't bother with all the little details, because it takes too long to plan out and you miss a great shot, or a great smile like the one you got.

You did, however, ask what you would change. For a portrait, those are the things I would honestly change. Sorry if it offends you, but it's my honest thoughts, and I know that I always want to know how to make my own images better. Do you not want CC?
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Postby Psalm139 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:59 am

blue-eden wrote:It does look good! I'm not trying to be offensive, trust me. I would never intentionally try to make someone feel bad about an image.

Those are just the *nitpicks* if you were going for the whole "formal portrait" style thing. The attention to details are important for the more formal stuff.

When I take quick snapshots of the kids, I don't bother with all the little details, because it takes too long to plan out and you miss a great shot, or a great smile like the one you got.

You did, however, ask what you would change. For a portrait, those are the things I would honestly change. Sorry if it offends you, but it's my honest thoughts, and I know that I always want to know how to make my own images better. Do you not want CC?


I asked if there was anything that could be done to improve the image as it is. I can't go back in time and change his shirt and take the picture in a completely different location. It just came across like you were saying that it basically wasn't worthy of being a portrait. That's not really helpful with an image that is already taken. I think generally people want to know technical things they can do to improve the image they already took. Yes, it's good to learn for the future but that wasn't what I was asking.
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Postby blue-eden » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:27 am

I see where you're coming from, you were looking for what you could do in post to fix it?

You're right, you can't go back and change those things. I'd just leave the image as it is.
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Postby blessedmommy » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:31 pm

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blue-eden wrote:It does look good! I'm not trying to be offensive, trust me. I would never intentionally try to make someone feel bad about an image.

Those are just the *nitpicks* if you were going for the whole "formal portrait" style thing. The attention to details are important for the more formal stuff.

When I take quick snapshots of the kids, I don't bother with all the little details, because it takes too long to plan out and you miss a great shot, or a great smile like the one you got.

You did, however, ask what you would change. For a portrait, those are the things I would honestly change. Sorry if it offends you, but it's my honest thoughts, and I know that I always want to know how to make my own images better. Do you not want CC?


I asked if there was anything that could be done to improve the image as it is. I can't go back in time and change his shirt and take the picture in a completely different location. It just came across like you were saying that it basically wasn't worthy of being a portrait. That's not really helpful with an image that is already taken. I think generally people want to know technical things they can do to improve the image they already took. Yes, it's good to learn for the future but that wasn't what I was asking.


Wow...I thought you were asking for CC too based on what you wrote. I almost wrote some of the same things but didn't have time to respond and planned on coming back to CC your post! I think your response was a bit uncalled for since she was trying to help you improve. We all do that here. If you don't want CC then I would state that since we all CC each other (very kindly). We all assume that we all want to improve in any way we can so we try to give each other tips and ideas.

If this were my photo that I planed to print and hang up this is what I would do to improve it: I would personally at the very least clone out the trash can on the right. I also would clone out the tables and the pole behind his head. All that is a bit distracting and takes my eyes off him. I also would personally extend the gray wall up to get rid of the green. I actually think its a great shot and if it were my photo I would print it to hang on the wall after removing those things. Without removing those its a great snapshot that you should be proud of. This wasn't CC but what I persoanlly would do to improve this photo. I really like the gray wall!
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Postby Psalm139 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:20 pm

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tinyfairypeople wrote:
blue-eden wrote:It does look good! I'm not trying to be offensive, trust me. I would never intentionally try to make someone feel bad about an image.

Those are just the *nitpicks* if you were going for the whole "formal portrait" style thing. The attention to details are important for the more formal stuff.

When I take quick snapshots of the kids, I don't bother with all the little details, because it takes too long to plan out and you miss a great shot, or a great smile like the one you got.

You did, however, ask what you would change. For a portrait, those are the things I would honestly change. Sorry if it offends you, but it's my honest thoughts, and I know that I always want to know how to make my own images better. Do you not want CC?


I asked if there was anything that could be done to improve the image as it is. I can't go back in time and change his shirt and take the picture in a completely different location. It just came across like you were saying that it basically wasn't worthy of being a portrait. That's not really helpful with an image that is already taken. I think generally people want to know technical things they can do to improve the image they already took. Yes, it's good to learn for the future but that wasn't what I was asking.


Wow...I thought you were asking for CC too based on what you wrote. I almost wrote some of the same things but didn't have time to respond and planned on coming back to CC your post! I think your response was a bit uncalled for since she was trying to help you improve. We all do that here. If you don't want CC then I would state that since we all CC each other (very kindly). We all assume that we all want to improve in any way we can so we try to give each other tips and ideas.

If this were my photo that I planed to print and hang up this is what I would do to improve it: I would personally at the very least clone out the trash can on the right. I also would clone out the tables and the pole behind his head. All that is a bit distracting and takes my eyes off him. I also would personally extend the gray wall up to get rid of the green. I actually think its a great shot and if it were my photo I would print it to hang on the wall after removing those things. Without removing those its a great snapshot that you should be proud of. This wasn't CC but what I persoanlly would do to improve this photo. I really like the gray wall!


Thanks for the opinion but I don't think anything needs to be changed and don't consider it a snap shot. It's a portrait to me.
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