Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Breanna, Jun 1, 2009.
Did you blur out the parents on purpose in the first one? Seems like maybe they should either be in focus, or not there at all.
#3 looks kinda funky. He is in focus, she is not. But what bothers me most, is it looks composited, like you superimposed a portrait of the woman standing up, on top of the man.
I agree with Josh, the blurred parents don't work for me at all. I saw them first, and just thought OOF, and a few seconds later saw the boy in focus.
#2 is a great shot that would probably have benefited from fill flash (which I know nothing about).
Are these just friends of yours that asked you to take some snapshots? I can't imagine paying to have portraits taken and wearing camo shorts with a black t-shirt, not that there is anything wrong with that wardrobe, I wear shorts ( not camo though :lmao and black t-shirts every day.
I agree with this. I see what you're going for, it just needs to be more dramatic so that it is obviously on purpose. When it's slightly out of focus, it looks like it was an accident, which is almost never good. Also, you might watch the tilt of horizontal lines. Viewers have a tendency to equate horizontal lines to the horizon, if they're only a little tilted, it causes viewers to feel strangely about the image. In situations like this one where they make up a good portion of the viewers attention, you should try to keep them either dramatically tilted (i.e., shoot from more extreme angles) or else perfectly level (i.e., right straight on). But, in this case specifically, it looks like the camera was just a little tilted and should probably be leveled in post.
Number two looks great. It might be stop underexposed, but not too much. I like it!
The last one seems similar to the first. She's so slightly out of focus that it appears accidental. This could be solved by either a larger f/stop or shooting from farther away with a longer lens. But aside from that, the general rule of thumb in portraits is the eye closest to the camera should be in focus. In this case, it would have been the woman's eyes. That's part of what leads to an unnatural feeling in that image.
However, all three I think are good poses, they just need to be technically brushed up some.
Yes, in number 1, the parents were blurred on purpose. I arranged this pose for that very reason I realize that the bars are "crooked" by when photographing a 3 1/2 year old little boy, you only get about 6 seconds to take your shot, so perfection didn't happen. You can even see his little hand in motion because he was jumping all around and not waking to sit still.
Geeze Fox-Dude....that was kind of rude. lol. It was a casual shoot at the park. I guess that's what he likes to wear?? I just told them to be comfortable and not wear conflicting colors (One in black, one in white)
I totally agree on the last one. The mom wanted one of all 3 of them laying in the grass, but I was shooting with my 50mm and didn't have a stool or anything to get any higher. I think my f stop was around 4.0? I guess I could have gone higher, but it wasn't exactly ideal with the 50mm anyway. I tried for about 30 seconds to get them both in focus, took several shots, and thought that I did indeed get them both in focus in at least a couple of the frames. But, no luck. She really liked that image, so that's why I shared it
Decrease the aperture next time you try a shot like the 3rd (increase the f/stop). At 4, it's no wonder that one of them was unfocused. f/16 should do the trick.
When you're shooting for someone else, ultimately that is what really matters!
Sorry, maybe it comes my professional background, but you still have to give a quality product first. If she likes these, and paid you for them, you should consider yourself lucky.
To a point. Personally I won't even show a client something that is out of focus because it reflects poorly on me. Let them choose a favorite from your best work.
I don't think the first shot is too bad, I understood what you were going for. I think it would be better if the parents were a little more out of focus and maybe kissing (or looking at eachother or something) instead of looking at the camera, so that it's clear that the focus is on the child.
I think the second one is very cute.
The third one would have been nice if she was in focus, I honestly would not have shown them this one.
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