Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by taknbyd, Feb 13, 2010.
Attempted this one of my wife C&C appreciated as I am new and still learning!
i like how the hearts are.
I take it all the hearts are not coincidence :thumbup: Nice photo!
Thank you both.. Its a heart bokeh I made out of cardboard.
Wow those hearts are brilliant in the background? how exactly did you do it?
Very nice. IMO it would look better if the she wasnt cut off and there was alittle space to the right.
I think the focus on your wife couldve been better.
Love the hearts!
Honest opinion follows:
If you want to be a good photographer, concentrate on taking good pictures and leave the cutesy stuff for others. Don't get caught up in the ability to do cutesy. And this is not bokeh - bokeh is the way the lens handles out of focus points of light.
This is not a particularly flattering picture of an attractive woman, the light is relatively harsh and she has shadows under her eyes and her chin.
She is crushed against the right margin while completely meaningless background lights take up 2/3 of the picture.
When there is a relatively dark situation and your subject is wearing a dark shirt, her head will appear out of nowhere
very nice. Like her expression and the heart shaped lights are a nice addition!
I agree in part with The Traveler other than there is nothing wrong with the "cutsey" stuff. She isn't in perfect focus and the light isn't flattering. Also the composition isn't the greatest, but it looks as though you were attempting to follow the rule of thirds. But I would agree to work on getting a good handle with light and composition before going after the "cutesy" things.
The Traveler's description of bokeh is correct. It's derived from the japanese word bokashi (blur). But I know how you did the hearts and it is a bokeh. You are just forcing the way the lens shapes the blur of light, hence handling out of focus points of light. So still bokeh.
Since you said you're still learning, I would check out a few videos found around the net that talk about light (or in this case flash) both on and off camera.
Al in all, not a bad shot. Just work on lighting and composition.
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