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My EM_1 and My Awesome 75mm f1.8

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Dennis Mansour, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
    Just purchased the 75 f1.8 Oly prime. I took some portraits of my niece, I am extremely happy with this lens. I did some Portrait Professional adjustments. Thank you Kaylasm-3. Kaylasm-1. Kaylasm-1. Kaylasm-2. Kaylasm-2.
     
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  2. ddekadt

    ddekadt Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 30, 2013
    Cambridge, MA
    Daniel
    Some C&C here:

    Honestly, her face looks over-corrected to me. The skin texture looks too smooth to my eye. Her shoulders and hair look much more natural. Her shoulder skin tone and detail is really lovely, in my opinion.
     
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  3. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
    Thank you for your honestly. Some people, especially woman like to look Fake so I did just that
     
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  4. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
  5. ddekadt

    ddekadt Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 30, 2013
    Cambridge, MA
    Daniel
    In my humble (but strong) opinion you should encourage her to be herself =). I'm sure the pre-PP photos are lovely too. As I said, her shoulder skin tone/texture looks really great, so wouldn't be surprised if more minor corrections are all that's needed. But they're not my photos, and she's not my neice =D
     
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  6. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
    I understand you 100% Thanks
     
  7. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I agree with both of you. Skin texture looks plasticy, but young women often like it that way. I know when I take photos of my wife, she sometimes complains how clear the image is and how it shows her developing wrinkles. Myself, I zoom into 100% on those wrinkles and admire how sharp the lens is! :)
     
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  8. c0ldc0ne

    c0ldc0ne Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 9, 2012
    You can PP a portrait such that wrinkles, moles and other imperfections are removed or diminished, but the skin still looks natural. Gaussian-blurring a face to oblivion is not the way do achieve that because it also removes fine detail such as pores which makes the skin look artificial.

    Do yourself a favor and have a look at some good tutorials on this subject, like this one from Phlearn.
     
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  9. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    Brent
    Seriously? Women like to look fake?
     
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  10. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Portugal
    Jaime
    Congratulations on your Acquisition.
    The 75mm is the Rolls-Royce of portrait lenses.
    I agree with what was already said.
    The pose, exposure and light look very good and professional.
    Only thing I don't like that much is the exaggerated pp on the face.
    I think you can pp the face, but in a more subtle way. Removing all the imperfections but keep some skin texture.
    I'm not a PRO photographer but, take a look at my Flickr page and see at I mean.
    All the portraits you see on my page (without exception) have post-production on the faces, including male models:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaimesilva00/
     
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  11. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Yes, that 75mm lens is worth its weight in gold. Love that frigging thing. Every time I see it, I smile. Every time I hold it, I smile wider and when I look at the pictures that I nailed with it, I grin like a buffoon.

    Agreed with everyone else regarding the over processed face. And agreed again if her face has the same complexion as her shoulder, very little probably needs to be done.
     
  12. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
    I might redo some of these and then post them at a later dat. I appreciate the comments.
     
  13. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
    I redid one of them. Less PP any better ? P7300044A_pp.JPG
     
  14. ddekadt

    ddekadt Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 30, 2013
    Cambridge, MA
    Daniel
    It's a little better to my eye, but still distracting (honestly). I think the problem is that the skin texture/tone looks so different on her shoulders than on her face, which creates a stark contrast and highlights the PP on the face. That's my view at least. I'd be curious to see an un-PP'd version, or a version with just minor blemishes taken care of with Heal in PS or Lightroom.
     
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  15. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    I think it has to do with exposure. The face is quite a bit brighter than the body. Maybe the reflector was not big enough for a more gradual light fall-off. Just fixing that would go a long way in making the portrait look more natural.
    Rudy
     
  16. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
    I had the reflector a little high. It was about chest level which made the shoulders and arms darker than the face. I am pretty sure thats what happened. Thanks again for you input
     
  17. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
    Thank you all
     
  18. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Nice work............
     
  19. Dennis Mansour

    Dennis Mansour Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2015
    dennis
  20. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    The face does appear too light (for me) when compared to the rest of her skin. And I'd prefer less even lighting across the face - that is, more of a shadow on one side or the other.
    Nice posing and images.