Unable to define what I am missing in my pictures

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  1. k.udhay

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    I shot my friend in his room using a flash bounced against ceiling. I got a decent pic. and my friend is also happy at it:
    https://i.imgur.com/8eEGqoA.jpg

    Instagram post by Vivek A • Oct 3, 2017 at 11:33am UTC
    Camera : Nikon D3200 (cropper sensor)
    f/1.8, 1/200, ISO 200 & 50 mm prime lens

    That said, when I compare with some pictures (eg. Instagram post by Photraits • Sep 29, 2017 at 7:26am UTC) of my favourite photographers, I feel I am missing something. I see the faces of their subjects to be very clear and less distractive. Sad part is I am unable to define the difference "technically".

    Possible things I could guess are

    1. My lighting is not adequately powerful.

    2. Post production.

    3. Make up of my subject is poor.

    Request your opinions here.

    Edit - Instagram link for my pic. inserted


     
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    can you attach your photo here? I can't access imgur at work...
     
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    The lighting in your picture is very flat - it has virtually no direction, meaning there are little highlights or shadows on the subject's face. In the photo you linked to, the lighting is definitely directional: the man has pale highlights on his cheek and deep shadows around his mouth. The same applies to the woman but with less highlights and paler shadows.
     
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    ying_yang.jpg

    Any more like what you're after? I raised the contrast, increased the brightness, darkened the left side and made a minor color adjustment.

    Joe
     
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    based on the above, I think the lighting itself is close. but what youre missing is the leading line. The OOF foreground adds a really cool element in the shot and visually draws your eye inward.

    the above photo, you have two very competing elements.
     
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    Move him away from the wall and take it again. He and the wall are getting the same light............
     
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    Attached instagram link now.

    Though I buy that my pic. lacks an OOF foreground, my post here is of different problem. In the benchmark pic., I see the couple's faces very clean and bright (right term?). My pic., on the other hand, though having a clear focus does not give me a clean look at the face. Is any local adjustment needed or should I focus on more make up of my subject?
     
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    Thanks Joe. I still don't get the same smoothness and sharpness at face that I find in my benchmark photo.
     
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    It looks like the photographer bounced the light forward into the corner to light the faces directly...
     
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    Thanks for this. Will try this out!
     
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    The lighting in your picture seems not appropriate as it is very flat which is why there is no direction in the very first image. Then after adjusting the lights, the picture is bit good and better than before.

    Nice try and you will surely capture good ones in near future. All the best!
     
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    Many people are afraid of Shadows although shadows in the right place can make the picture.

    Lots of people fear higher ISO although higher ISO helps you to utilize the light you have got with you better.

    Here is a shot I took with a D70S and a halfways bounced, halfways direct flash:

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