Shots with GF...C&C

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  1. wmc1117

    wmc1117 TPF Noob!

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    My Girlfriend and I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood with the camera and we took a few shots...C&C plz :)

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    where do you live?


    #3 is a fave
     
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    They all look good. Not really knowing what you were after, I would say that they all would look better as tighter vertical crops.
     
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    I live in Stamford, Connecticut down on the Long Island Sound
     
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    If you don't mind me asking where would you crop them vertically?
     
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    In all four of them I would crop just above your girlfriends head. In the first three I would leave a little more space on the right side of her, and the last image I would leave a little more space on the left.
     
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    I was drawn to her legs, and where the photo was cut off. If you're going to put her legs in the photo, put ALL of her legs in the photo. When you only include part of them, it doesn't seem as natural, you know?

    In all of these photos, I would have gone the opposite way and actually included her whole body. Number four, concerning her, is nice though. Cause it includes all of her shirt, and none of her shorts, it looks natural.

    When you're looking at a photo, look at the subject as if he/she were parts. Like her shirt is a part, her arms, her shorts/pants, her legs, etc. If you're going to include one of these parts in the photo, either include all of it, or none/almost none of it. Some people may be able to clarify more, but when we see a photo we break it down into parts. And these parts need to either be in the photo or out.

    Great stuff, though. IMO with more experience and more trial and error, you are going to be GREAT.
     
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    That makes a lot of sense thanks a lot for the input!!
     
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    When you say leave a little more space on the sides do you mean if I were to take the picture again?
     
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    You could do it now to experiment, and then apply what you like to the next time you take more ''people pictures.'' Save the originals if you plan on making large prints of them.
     
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    Taking Baaaark's comment a bit further, do not crop (in camera or in post) close to the joints. So IMO, #1 & 2 have the crop too close to the knee. One fix might be to crop around mid-thigh, maybe slightly lower. Also, the blown out harbor draws the eye away from your model, so cropping that out as well would bring her closer in the image.

    #3 & 4 has the top of the fence cutting through her head....... not a pleasing thing to my eyes. When faced with grey, featureless skies as in these, try to not include it. A higher PoV would have avoided this.

    Typically, I'm not a fan of the wall flower look. Next time try having her step away from the background (5 to 8'), open up your apeture and she should visually pop more in the image.

    All could have benefitted with fill flash.

    Just my 2ยข.
     
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    Thank you Kundalini for your input...good stuff to keep in mind for future portraits. In 1 and 2 I was kinda bummed that the water in the background was kinda blown out because of the overcast day. Any advice on how I could of maybe got that to be more visually appealing if I was trying to keep the water in the background?
     

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