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PHOTO: Kittens. Lighting.

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Phillmcc
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:22AM
I'm having problems, I have had a rejection amongst one or two others but this one I dont understand why it's been refused, can anyone help.


This is what was on the report. 


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



Thank you


https://www.dropbox.com/s/jg176g6lyarnb7n/bowl%20of%20kittens.jpg

(Edited on 2012-09-19 03:59:22 by kelvinjay)
lucentius
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:50AM

Here's the sequence. Poor lighting to start with. Have to choose inappropriate camera settings (in this case f20). Image needs lots of work in post. Cute image gets rejected.


It's over sharpened, lacks contrast,has sensor spots,distracting shadows,dull background, boring camera angle. But really cut kittens.


The cure? Good lighting. It's a lesson we all have to learn. These kittens would make a great picture; get on a learning curve and do them justice.
kelvinjay
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:49AM
I think the biggest issue is the bowl shadow. Also, there is an awful lot of bowl. I kind of get that that is the idea, to show the diminutive little darlings against something to provide scale, but perhaps a slight levels tweak and crop would render it more acceptable. Something more like this crop:

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I'm doing this on an iPad, so you can probably improve on the WB and levels adjustments.

(Edited on 2012-09-19 04:49:56 by kelvinjay)
tomprout
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:30AM
I believe it would also be useful if you uploaded another image with the kits looking at the camera, in addition to this one.
kelvinjay
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:18AM
^ It would certainly be an improvement.
Simplyphotos
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:44AM

What a cute shot.  I thought it looked a little shadowed, on the gray side so I brightened it a little and added some contrast.  Might be able to do that a little better from raw, but here's what i got.  Also took Kelvin's suggestion and cropped out the bowl shadow which make the bowl exactly the bottom third of your shot, for better balance.


Kitties 
donald_gruener
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:37AM
In addition to the other points made above...

I'm a big fan of getting some light on the subject from behind as you've done here, but balancing the light sources is essential.

I think the effect is somewhat lost in this case with the background being about the same brightness as the subject, you don't gain that nice little separation the "hair" light would have given against a somewhat darker background. It's also got sort of an awkward slightly blue-purple tint to it that doesn't look deliberate, looks more like a gray background with the white balance a little off.

Simplyphotos's interpretation looks better and would certainly not get rejected for lighting; obviously these adjustments unfortunately degraded the image quality even further because there just wasn't enough light on the front of the subject to begin with.
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