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Sam

Happy birthday Sam.

The past two weeks have seen a little progress in photoshop skills and a special thanks to Richard Houtby http://www.richardhoutby.com/ who commented on yesterdays post and left a really usefull PS tip. I am only just starting to get to grips with layers (my head is spinning) - the more I learn about PS the more I realise how little I know.

For this post, I followed Richards advice and am really pleased with the results. I'm not overly pleased with the composition of the shot but sam has the most peircing eyes and I remember taking the shot trying to concentrate on this feature. I have tried various crops of this full frame image but none impress me much.

The shot was taken in one of the carriages of the York Eye in poor lighting.

All the best Mal.

Sam

Happy birthday Sam.

The past two weeks have seen a little progress in photoshop skills and a special thanks to Richard Houtby http://www.richardhoutby.com/ who commented on yesterdays post and left a really usefull PS tip. I am only just starting to get to grips with layers (my head is spinning) - the more I learn about PS the more I realise how little I know.

For this post, I followed Richards advice and am really pleased with the results. I'm not overly pleased with the composition of the shot but sam has the most peircing eyes and I remember taking the shot trying to concentrate on this feature. I have tried various crops of this full frame image but none impress me much.

The shot was taken in one of the carriages of the York Eye in poor lighting.

All the best Mal.

comments (18)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 18 Sep 2006, 00:38
I did like richards ps tip. One of the great things about layers is that you can control the opacity of them. Again you have captured the eyes beautifully. lovely capture
Mal: Thanks Nev, I'm looking for tricks and tipe from anyone prepared to to share. All the best Mal
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Sep 2006, 00:54
Loving his eyes! Really love the ways you're able to capture them so well, both in this shot and yesterday's.
Mal: Thank you Oladeji, I'm slowly realising the fact that a good portrait has good eyes. Mal
  • Josy
  • USA
  • 18 Sep 2006, 01:53
This is a GREAT shot (for someone who says they're learning how to photograph children - you're rockin'!!) Nicely done... Love the softness, too... I really need to try those overlay suggestions! Keep up the good work! I will definitely be checking your site on a regular basis! Josy
Mal: Hi Josy, (sorry that I spelled your name wrong yesterday), we are all learning, we are just doing it in public! Thank you for the comments. Mal
hey mal,

awesome shot! i love the conversion to mono and the use of light in this shot. he is simply adorable! happy birthday sam. really nice work. mal, we seem to be operating on the same level these days...i have been trying to teach myself ps, and it is exactly as you put it, "the more i learn, the more i realize how much i have to learn."
Mal: Hey Nicole, looks like you and I are learning together. I will always share the little info that I have. All the best. Mal
"Hey, I'm famous!!" - lol
You NAILED that focus! 1mm off and you won't get definition in the eyes like that.
I don't want to rush you, but I've got some tips for eyes as well. You can use a combo screen and softlight layer applied to the eyes to even make them pop more. Do that before sharpening and KA-ZING!
Don't get me wrong, these eyes capture enough attention as it is.

Thanks for the name-drop Mal... kind of you.
Mal: Hey Rich, you have kick started my layers trip but I'm finding it hard to take in. What's this combo screen stuff? Mal
Oh, how rude... (forgot to comment)

I think this is a nice shot. I mean, you have most of the face in focus so it's not disturbing. Sometimes you have to be careful shooting wide open with fast glass as the majority of your image ends up out of focus.
The tight crop of this shot helps... the face fills most of the frame... drawing you into the subject even more. I don't mind the scalping.

Was this taken in low light forcing you to shoot so wide open?
One thing I've learned is aperture is everything. If you want a portrait that'll jump off the page, you need to select an aperture that'll put the entire subject in focus. When you nail that, you'll see every single strand of hair razor sharp.

The downfall with that is it's sometimes impossible with low ISO indoors while maintaining a hand-holdable speed. However, glass like the Canon 135L on a 1.6x body produces amazing headshots wide open at 2.0. It still blows my mind to this day.

Anyway, composition wise... don't sell yourself short. I don't see anything wrong with this one. It's a very nice shot AS-IS.
Mal: You are dead right Rich, I personally hate digital grain so I tend to take my chances with a slow shutter and max out on the F stop. At the time of this shot I had a Sigma zoom which could have gone down to F2.8 but I was real close to Sam so went for F4 @ 1/25th at iso400, I could have improved my chances with a higher iso but Digital grain bugs me!
  • sk
  • UK
  • 18 Sep 2006, 06:39
yeap lovely shot, PS here is just right
Mal: Hey Asiko, just getting to know the basics, sometimes my problem is knowing when to stop with PS, I try to keep it natural. All the best Mal
  • pixels
  • India
  • 18 Sep 2006, 09:38
You really do picture kids well and I know from experience that they're terrific subjects especially when they're natural posers!

I'm actually on the other side as you - my PS skills are fairly decent (being a graphic designer) but am working on my photography skills! I've only recently learned that PS is an integral part of digital photography - I'm going to start using it more -wink-

On this picture: I like it a lot and kudos on the eyes, but it seems a little washed out at the top - there seems to be some loss of detail in the hair and forehead. Maybe it's just because of the contrast wrt the black foreground? Unsure, but thought I'd point it out.
Mal: Hey Andy, Your spot on with your comments regarding the top of the image - it tends to lead the eye away from the subject but I was unsure as to how to bring that detail back (the main light source was from a sky light directly over Sams head). Really appreciate constructive comments. All the best Mal
Great shot mal, me likes it
Mal: Really appreciate that Sola. Mal
His expression is fantastic. Nice portrait mal
Mal: Thank you, All the best Mal
  • chris p
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Sep 2006, 14:34
Nice one Mal; I'm struggling to get my head round this layers business, looks like I'll have to try harder.
Mal: It's doing my head in Chris. Mal
Just lovely. The eyes make this portrait for me. Very kind and innocent.
Mal: Thank you Jide, still finding people hard though! Mal
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 18 Sep 2006, 17:15
Hi Mal

this is such a beautiful portrait of Sam, his eyes are so full of wonder, mistery, trust and love, just amazing

Diya
Mal: Thank you Diya, he is a beautiful boy. Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Sep 2006, 17:33
read that tip, bloody useful...excellent effect here...after 2 months of shop, im still to discover half the effects....8.25/10
cr=9/10
Mal: Thank you Samarth, looks like you and I are learning together. All the best Mal
  • Glenn
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Sep 2006, 18:53
really like this one Mal, i think youve captured this lad great almost like hes been nice for the camera but with the potential to cause mischeif, nice one mate
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Sep 2006, 19:25
those eyes!!! lovely!!
Mal: He is too cute to be true, he will go far in life I am sure. All the best Mal
  • The Maven
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Sep 2006, 22:18
This is a brilliant portrait. The eyes really stand out. Excellent work!
Mal: Hey Duane, thank you for your kind words, he really has got eyes that can cut steel, I just need how to capture them. Mal
The more I look at it, the more I like it. I think I have been staring at Sam for a good 4 minutes now. Terrific portrait.
Mal: Hey Ayash, really appreciate your comments. All the best Mal

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