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The Ever Smiling Josh

The Ever Smiling Josh
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Copyright: Pierre Ante (peetol) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 51 N: 694] (5745)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-30
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 5:30
Viewed: 1702
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometime in November, I was asked to take a portrait of my nephew Josh. I have not done a portrait for a long time, so I was excited and obliged to do the work. If I remember right, I think this was the very first time I did an infant portrait in digital (the last being shot in film of a niece almost 8 years ago).

Since I only have just one flash (a 430ex), we located the set in a room with two big windows, one in front of the subject and another to his left. I used a white cloth on a cushion as the background. I also crouched low for the shots.

My flash was fitted with a diffuser and pointed upwards (90deg). I also had my 50mm lens on.

In PP, levels adjustment, selective gaussian blur, selective sharpening

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To tty007: thank you!peetol 1 04-19 19:58
To kathelli: thank you!peetol 1 01-19 22:13
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Hello Pierre!
Very beautiful composition and lovely kid, Josh!
Excellent colours with good contrast and ambiance!
Sweet smile!
Best regards!


nice composition...clear details and sharpness are well seen...you capture his cute smile amazingly...i like the color tone added with white background...tfs


Brilliant portrait Pierre.
Nice clarity. Very natural skin tone and perfectly exposed whites.
I can't fault it.
:) Kath

ganda ng exposure at galing ng timing. very cute!

Sharp focus on the eyes. Well done. I believe you forgot to dodge both top corners. If you want to make sure you have a pure white background, always use a Level and move the middle cursor to the max side for highlights. You'll see the darken area where Dodging is still required... Do the level (and don't apply it, just cancel it) until you see nothing around the subject. that way, you always get a pure and nice whitebackground!


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