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Discussion in 'People Photography' started by Christina, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Christina

    Christina TPF Noob!

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    Im trying to brush up on doing portraits. here are some recent shots. let me know what you think.

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  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Your coding isn't compatible with this type of forum....but something turned out right because I can see the image...it's a bit small though.

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    As for the image that I can see...it's a bit dark. Well, the sky is bright but the subject looks underexposed...especially her hair and the shadows in & around her eyes. It looks like you used flash, which was a good idea in this situation but there just isn't enough exposure for the subject.

    Also, she's centred right in the middle, which often makes for boring looking photos....and the trees in the background almost look like they are growing out of her...always watch your background when shooting people.
     
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    Im not sure why the images came in so small since i used photobucket, but thanks for the information and thoughts.
     
  4. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Christina I first one is reasonably good. The composition is somewhat boring with the face centred and the landscape view giving a bit much background for my tastes but the subject stands out and has clear separation from the brickwork behind her. If this shot showed much more of the subject it may actually fall down because of the white shirt grabbing the viewers attention. It helps if you will shoot against a darker background to dress in dark cloths to help bring out the subject.

    Picture 2 I am not very fond of. I look at it and the first thing I see is the sky and the trees. The dark subject has to really fight for attention. I am of the opinion if you are going to shoot high-key then do so without worrying about the background and bump the brightness as high as you need to. Someone will always jump on the technicality that the highlights will be blown, but at least the subject clearly stands out. If a high-key picture was not your aim then this just seems to have too much contrast to work properly in my eye.
     

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