View Full Version : Working on Prints for competition - help

06-21-2007, 03:52 AM
I recently posted 4 potentials all but one got shot down so now I'm looking for more. Just posting images this time will do step mounting after decision is made on which ones to enter.

Please give me feedback on which ones have potential


06-21-2007, 04:08 AM

06-21-2007, 04:11 AM

06-21-2007, 01:43 PM
Hi Dianna;

I like the image of the little girl,in the hat, where she has a mirror. Do you have an image of her whole face, that you can put in the mirror, instead of the half face ? (or at least a bit more) Oh ... and the image in the mirror better be sharp because the judges will go look to see if it is.

Not that it would merit but ... I like the senior girl sitting in the circle. The hot overexposed background will get you nailed though. I would go photograph just the circle from about the same angle so you get a good exposure on all that green. Then put that in place of what is overexposed using a layer mask in Photoshop. I'd also clean up a lot of the distracting stuff around her.

06-21-2007, 07:42 PM
you know I had not thought of switching the mirror image...GREAT idea.

I never thought it would be so tough finding 4 prints to enter...

Thanks for the feedback.

06-21-2007, 11:31 PM
Finding 4 prints to enter is easy!

Finding 4 prints that will hang - now that's more difficult!

06-23-2007, 12:29 AM
I'm afraid the first one is the only one that jumps out at me and I'm disturbed by the hat in the background. It takes the attention away from her as the eye is immediately drawn to the hat... It is a very nice shot of her though! :)

06-23-2007, 05:34 AM
this was actually a dressup session for her 4th birthday. Did a precious album for her you can see it at:

www.collages.net (http://www.collages.net)
event: Kaitlyn
Password: 10877

Theme was dressup with mommy's wedding veil/hat & shoes.


06-23-2007, 04:21 PM
The only one I really like is the first one but with some tweaking. I think it needs a recrop and a lens blur to the background to keep all the attention on the little girl. Here is my three minute version.


The mirror shot is very nice but it really needs to have most of her face to make it special.

Hope you don't mind my intrusion and offering my thoughts by recropping your image.


06-23-2007, 06:45 PM
Please do comment and crop or whatever... that's how I will learn. I appreciate your suggestions alot.

06-26-2007, 04:36 AM

I was taking another peek at this thread and then it hit me...

The outfit the small boy is wearing is from Virginia Tech. Given the tragedy that happened there recently, I don't think I would enter images with their logo in the composition. Also, the outfit is competing with the really cute face....

IMHO, the image of the girl in white with the mister is cute and makes a great client image but for a PPA print competition, I don't think it will merit. For me the biggest struggle is with the lighting. It's too "flat" for competition. There needs to be a nice modeling on the subject, something a bit more interesting and dramatic. You can't get too dark with the shadows in a high key image but you still won't do well with flat light in competition.