Donna Paul  

Untitled by Donna Paul

January 2020 - Untitled

January 2020 - Donna Paul


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After changed background, cropped, added bokeh and resized

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10 comments posted

Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
Donna - An interesting concept and I wonder why you decided to do a background replacement for this shot? Extracting a person from a busy scene is not trivial. There are definitely artifacts along the sweater and the face that give this away.

The first thing that strikes me is that the image is a bit soft on the face and especially the eye; both in the composite and original image. In general, for this type of shot, a bit of softness can be acceptable, but the eye needs to be sharp.

The bright background overpowers your subject. I suspect a bit of dodging your model's face to brighten it up a bit would result in a stronger portrait.   Posted: 01/02/2020 23:59:54

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Thank you Manfred. To answer you; I replaced the background as I did not like the original background but I do see now the lines alone the sweater and face.
Yes I will work on making the eyes sharp when I shoot. Thanks
I would not dodge the face as I think it would make her look like I was trying to take away from the fact she is a strong black woman. I understand what you are say though. Thank you
Manfred you are so helpful and I am leaning from what you tell me. I appreciate you CC.   Posted: 01/03/2020 09:52:30

Jim Hooper   Jim Hooper
I would have to agree with Manfred about the selection process for the background swap. It's definitely noticeable along the sweater line.

I don't mind the "darkness" of the skin tones, and your rationale does make sense. The eye is definitely not as sharp as I'd like to see. Perhaps that's a result of the low resolution requirements of this forum.

I like the overall feel. The background you've chosen is really quite nice, though I must say that I didnt have a problem with the original background either. Perhaps using the original and adding a flare to the upper right, and then warming the image overall, may have achieved a similar result without needing the background swap.   Posted: 01/03/2020 10:18:25

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Thank you Jim, I do learn from your alls feed back.   Posted: 01/07/2020 12:59:40

You have a nice profile picture here. Your model is pretty and you have captured a good expression. Bokeh is very popular these days and using it is the artist's choice. At first glance, I wasn't aware that you had changed backgrounds, but upon closer examination it's fairly obvious. I'd like to know what program you are using to do this.   Posted: 01/15/2020 17:46:41
Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Jim, I use ON1 RAW for photo organization, storage, editing but I then I will sometimes Export the file and safe as a JPEG which I will use Corel Paint Shop Pro 2000 for editing.
  Posted: 01/21/2020 14:56:56

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
Donna, I really like what you have done with this image! The only comment I have is that I would like to see her face just a tad brighter.   Posted: 01/18/2020 19:06:11
Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Thank you Cheryl!

  Posted: 01/21/2020 15:00:17

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
What a beautiful model!
Yes you have to care when changing the background but only is possible to improve when doing it. Keep doing.
The background you've chosen is perfect in my opinion for this portrait.
  Posted: 01/21/2020 14:11:35
Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Thank you for your thoughts, ways I can improve and words of encouragement!
  Posted: 01/21/2020 14:59:03