This is the son of the Groundskeeper at a local Soccer Club. He really wanted me to take his photo and pulled several poses. I've already given the father a print of one with my normal PP but this can be PP'd many ways. I've had some fun with High Key, Low Key and B&W.
This is shot in neutral and every thing zeroed out
bye the bye.... I start a course in PS6 next week, about time
Some of you really think outside my box . My wife's comment on one of my 'dramatic' attempts was that "he has a really old face for a little boy" .
Actually NO! I would not touch this. I find the composition & pose perfect! The soft light is very nice and with the lack of contrast it makes me think it was taken early morning with some light fog perhaps. The DOF is perfect for this shot. Although his legs & feet are out front they are just soft enough that they don't cause a distraction. His face appears sharp. If anything I might sharpen the eye's just a bit.
John, this is pretty close to the one I gave the father. My wife uses a little Epson portable to do 4" x 6" party and event shots so I actually have to give her shots that are slightly lighter and then the print comes close to this. I actually decreased Sat/warmth a tad on his chest(below his chin) to lesson the pink Cheers, Tom
It deforms the traits, brings a sad mood in the expression, takes away the nature and innocence of childhood, and replace them with attributes that declassify this portrait from a photograph to a caricature!
Before, it was not a good photograph, but a nice portrait. John's efforts to restore some photographic qualities had the decency to respect the portrait, and the retouches were applied with good taste.
The applied effect is only visible where there is sufficient density in tonal values, that is the bottom of the frame and the child.
Many thanks. I get many ops to shoot kids at Soccer matches. Often they are just really excited to see themselves on the camera but if I know that I will see them again I'll print one and give it to a parent.
Preston, I thought you might go wild with this one . Cheers, Tom ps I'm supposed to start my PS6 training soon and now Adobe is changing the rules!