Portraits- which is better?

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  1. leejt1986

    leejt1986 TPF Noob!

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    I had to do an environmental portrait for my digital photography class. I chose my Dad as the subject.

    I'd like some input on which set up is better

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  2. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You've got some serious camera shake going on in the second one (your shutter speed was only 1/40th), so the first one is automatically the winner for me.

    He doesn't look very happy to be there in either of them though...
     
  3. leejt1986

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    err yeah... oops, i posted the wrong one...

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    I took a couple of the same pose so it mixed me up so ignore the second one
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I think I still like the first one more.
     
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    1st one is best! You need to work on your shutter speeds
     
  6. leejt1986

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    Yes, I know I do, I've only been practicing photography for a few months so I'm still learning the basics. It would help if I used a tripod more.
     
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    also, post smaller images. like 600 pixels wide-ish.
     
  8. leejt1986

    leejt1986 TPF Noob!

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    it automatically resizes it on my screen...I thought the forum did that...
     
  9. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It does, but it still takes forever for your full-size images to load before it can be automatically resized.
     
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    +1

    Big pain in the neck.


    Where is the environment? I'm not sure seeing sheet music behind him qualifies as environmental portrait.
     
  11. leejt1986

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    So I resized them since it was requested

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  12. Bend The Light

    Bend The Light No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    As for lighting, I'm not going to critique - I haven't done portraits, so it wouldn't be fair.

    What I do think, though, is...

    In 1 - background is cluttered and may have been a little better with just some music there (Out of focus, yes). The way he is gripping the instrument looks clumsy. He looks like he's about to batter you with it for taking his photo!

    In 2 - Better more natural grip on the instrument. Music is good (just a tad blown). The background near his head is still cluttered - looks like stuff is going to fall, so it's attracting my attention. Again, he looks none too pleassed to be there.

    Is the intention to promote his trumpet (?) playing? If so, shots with him actually playing might be nice? Or at least photos that look like he is enjoying himself a little more?

    By the way, my photos are far from perfect, but I'm being honest about what I see in these shots.

    Cheers

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