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Exposure Date: 2010:10:31 17:39:58;
Model: NIKON D90;
ExposureTime: 1/160 s;
FNumber: f/6.3;
ISOSpeedRatings: 200;
ExposureProgram: Normal program;
ExposureBiasValue: 0;
MeteringMode: Pattern;
Flash: Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, return light detected;
FocalLength: 42 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh;

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I realize that this portrait isn't a normal studio one but it is what I have.

As a Senior that is also pretty much a beginner I am really proud of this


Very little was done in Photoshop. Some cropping, some enhancement

and some lightening of her face is all.

My wish for this photo is that I could have taken it where there was more

contrast where her hat is.

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Phil, You have done a nice job here.  Even though her hat is dark against a dark background you separated them.  I am a little confused as to what you used for a light source.  The color of her skin suggests a low to the horizon sun, yet her eyes show one reflection in one and two in the other so apparently you had two lights that illuminated the picture right side of her face. I am glad you got light into those eyes.

I did notice that you said something about little use of Photoshop as though you were proud of it.  If you use camera RAW (never jpeg!) and use processing software you are like the photographers of film, who exposed it in the camera, developed the negative and then printed the neg.  I think of digital as exposing the image, Adobe Raw as developing the negative and Photoshop as printing it and doing any retouching.  All of those skills are important.  I know some people have the mistaken belief that nothing should be done to the image except what the camera did.  Those people are like the film photographers who took their film to the drugstore to be sent to a cheap processor and they prided themselves on never learning to use the darkroom.  The great photographers either did the darkroom work themselves or used professional darkrooms where the worker could follow the photographers instructions completely.  Stay in control of the image from start to end!



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