Christmas Photo Shoot C&C please

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  1. laurah

    laurah TPF Noob!

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    These photos are from a family photo shoot I did on Thursday for Christmas cards. These are the first photos I am posting. Any comments and criticism would be appreciated.

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    Not too bad, I think if you had them step away from the tree a little so it was more blurred and the focus would be more on the family, the background kinda draws away from the family, but thats just my opinion
     
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    Agree; greater separation between subject and background would have resulted in a softer, more pleasing image, however, the subjects are sharp and well exposed. The only other comment I have is that in #1 you have committed the cardinal portraiture sin of having a tree growing out of the head of your subject.
     
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    Thanks for the comments about the background. I was so happy to find an evergreen tree in the yard that I didn't think about having them move away from it to soften it up a bit. I totally had not noticed the tree coming out of the head either. I will definitely pay more attention to the background next time.
     
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    Great facial expressions on the subjects. I think that helps convey their personality. The only other thing that I would add is that the photos seem a bit cool (blue) to me. I might add a touch of warming in post..
     
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    Cute family. Great job on these. Here is my CC, JMO:

    The first picture, looks like the boy is a bit soft or OOF. He was probably moving? Also, it looks a bit on the cool side to me.

    The second one is nicely done. A bit too centered for my taste. The sun or light seems to be coming from the left (our right) - you should have had them facing that way to avoid any uneven lighting, or use a reflector or a speedlight.
     
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    I agree with all that was said by the others, also, I think you should have backed off a bit in #1 so that the boy was not chopped off at the armpits.
     

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