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-Oxford-
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 5:21PM
Please critique THREE CANDLES


SHOT: Canon 5D Mark II, f/14 ISO 100, EF 100mm IS USM. Strobes with softboxes. Mininal post processing


REJECTED FOR:


We found the overall composition of this file's lighting could be improved. Some of the technical aspects that can all limit the usefulness of a file are:

-Flat/dull colors
-Direct on-camera flash and/or flash fall-off (bright subject, dark background)
-Harsh lighting with blown-out highlights that lack details and/or distracting shadows
- Distracting lens flares
-Incorrect white balance





Thanks


OX

(Edited on 2010-07-09 17:48:31 by billoxford)
Habman_18
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 5:46PM

Your link requires us to log into the site . . . 


Do you have a direct link to the image?
-Oxford-
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 5:49PM
Posted By Habman_18:

Your link requires us to log into the site . . . sad


Do you have a direct link to the image?

Sorry, Newbie issues.... try it now
Habman_18
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 5:55PM
1) You should add a watermark of some sort to your image . . .


2) A slight curves adjustment will give the image some 'pop' . . . but be aware of the red flowers. Artefacts may appear in the red areas.


Your "minimal processing" needs just one more step . . . wink

Upon closer review, I do see some sensor spots just to the right of the furthest right candle wick.

(Edited on 2010-07-09 17:58:16 by Habman_18)
-Oxford-
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 6:09PM

Thanks Habman


My Canon 5d is about three weeks old and i've notice some of those round grey spots. hopefully the sensor cleaning will fix that. any other ideas? should i send it back?


what kind of curve adjustment? overall brightness or just S curving. I use Ligthroom 3 and CS3 PS. i am so paranoid about touching my shots out of the camera. the inspectors have been brutal.
Habman_18
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 6:27PM

I would say, to keep things simple, a minor S curve adjustment might be the answer.


As for the sensor spots in your new camera, I'm not familiar with Canon and their support/service. . . perhaps a regular Canon shooter can pop in and help you out.


 
ZargonDesign
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 6:50PM
I have a 5dmarkII as well.

Do keep in mind that as soon as you take the lens off the camera you can introduce dust which creates sensor spots. In my experince the automatic cleaning will never fully clean the sensor.  You my need to do clean the sensor manualy.
kbwills
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010 7:20PM

I think the exposure is not bad  -  maybe bordering on the flat-dull lighting side...


(sensor cleaning  only removes the non-sticky spots...  you have to choose between tarting up new images, or expending lots of dollars on a shop-clean, or  just a bit of DIY sensor-spot cleaning...


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