i heart faces photo

The wonderful site i heart faces has a linky today where the photographers will examine a photo you've taken (if you are an amateur), and give suggestions and constructive criticism.

I'm posting this one of Shark Boy--


(ZOMG he's cute!) (And he cut his own bangs! *doh*)

This photo was very light all around him and on his face (very angelic!) and the only edit I've done in the version pictured here is pull the shadow slider over about a third of the way to darken up his face a bit. This was done in Picasa3.

I'm wondering what (if) anything could make this shot, which I love, better. (I also use Picnik, and I have Elements 7 but I've not really learned how to use it yet.) And what aperture or shutter speed could I have used to improve the exposure without post-processing?

Photo Properties:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: 50 mm 1.4
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Thank you i heart faces!


Mommy, I'm Home said...

Great photo!

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy said...

Great photo! I participated too and my name is Amy!! :-)

Here's mine...http://mothertobee.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-faces-constructive-feedback.html

Amy said...

Mommy - Thank you! I loved this photo. It was pretty washed out and the shadow tool helped a lot, but I'm sure there are things to do that I don't know about.

Marvelous Mommy - I noticed a ton of Amy's up at the linky. Amy is a very popular mommy blogger name, as is Jennifer, Jen, Jenny - which is my sister's name.

The Urban Cowboy said...

I'm no photographer, as I don't edit mine at all except to compress for the web...but that looks to me like a awesome photo.

2 Little Irish Boys said...

Great photo--he is so cute--really!!
I always wonder what I could do to make my photos better, guess if I knew photoshop it would be a little easier.
I like the lighting in the photo! I think most photographers shoot in RAW so that it is easier to fix lighting issues. Not sure if I am gonna go there just yet!!
Have a great weekend!

Amy said...

Urban Cowboy - Thanks!

2 Little - I shot in L+RAW, so it exists in RAW but I don't have clue #1 what to do with that. I've only ever worked with jpg files.

Drew said...

The lighting situation blow the background a bit, but I like it. Like you said, it makes it angelic. :) You got nice even lighting on his face. I know the temptation would be to edit the photo, but really, this photo needs very little. If I were editing it, I would adjust the levels, slightly, work with the eyes just a bit to make them pop and then just do a slight sharpen on the face. Really what amounts to a 1 minute (give or take) fix. I don't think there was anything wrong with your settings. His eyes captured the light and there is no blotchy sunlight or overexposed areas. Well done!

Amy said...

Drew - Thanks so much! I appreciate the feedback. Now I need to figure out how to make eyes pop in PSE7!

Drew said...

The following tutorial for making eyes pop was made using Photoshop Elements 7: http://iheartfaces.blogspot.com/2009/07/making-eyes-pop-in-photoshop-elements.html

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