Hi Miss Emily

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  1. PixelRabbit

    PixelRabbit A naughty little bunny...

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    Ok, I have taken a deep breath and reminded myself that this is just a picture of Miss Emily and anything criticized is the picture and not her.

    Found her texting in the sunroom and said "Hi" to get her attention and snapped a couple shots. It turned into a mini shoot but none of them turned out as good as this one, the rest looked more posed etc.

    Em has asked me if I will take pictures of her and I figure this one I'm happy enough with to use as a jumping off point to get some C&C and get the ball rolling.

    Things I like and dislike.... I like the light, I like the lines and details, rip in jeans, hand on belt, heart below her face... they all keep me looking around and seem to lead me back to her face, I like her skin, I love the subject :)
    I dislike her shirt twisted, her glasses not being pushed up on her face, unsure about the tilt of her face but love her jawline despite that.

    Other than that I'm a little lost on critiquing it myself. This is the full frame so no more can be added into the crop only taken away. The only things I did post was to bring the exposure down a quarter stop (she appeared too translucent in the original) and upped the saturation a smidge.

    Thanks for taking a look!
    C&C very welcome!

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    Hi Em by Judi Smelko, on Flickr


     
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    Pretty girl, I share your pain of them growing up. My 15 year old seems to spend more time with her friends than us recently!

    The shirt the way it is twisted, along with the exposed skin is really, really distracting. If that were resolved, it would have been a much better shot IMHO. I like the lighting, and the background.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Hi CM and thanks :)
    I was iffy on the skin but was unsure if it was the Mom in me lol I didn't mention it on purpose to see if others did. We will be sure to make certain all clothes are straightened next time around.
     
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    ooh wow amazing shoot and great lighting

    i love it
     
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    BTW, I'm not advocating women be covered from neck to ankle burka style. Just this particular shot the way the shirt is bunched, and the skin is sitting it has a weird look.
     
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    Thanks Hussain :)

    CM I totally agree. I pondered the shadow there and if it can be altered/removed without making it look altered and realized I had no clue lol I will def play with this image for practice when I get photoshop running. I will watch for things like that next time around. While I love the "imperfections" of the human body, this one obv gives off a false impression ;)
     
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    Not too bad. You might try a bw render and see what you think. I think it would take to it well.
     
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    Thanks Disco :) I'll def try that, the thought didn't cross my radar.
     
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    agree with what's being said about the shirt. not a bad picture, maybe straighten it a bit (window frame looks crooked) and let it just be a decent shot of your kid.
     
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    Choose your background like it is a frame for your subject.
    Place the subject into the frame.
    The pose in this is just really awkward...any others from this setting you can post?

    Try not posing her, put her where you want her and then interact with her, when she looks good....shoot. Gives you a better chance of coming up with a natural looking shot with some energy.
     
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    Thanks 12sndsgood :) yep I know this one isn't going to turn into anything brilliant but thought it was a good jumping off point. I like the shot for just that, a decent shot of her and using it to learn how to take that brilliant shot :)
    Hi MReid, thank you :) I like that way of thinking of it, put her inside the frame, I will be more conscious of her background.

    The not posing her is where we fall off the apple cart, we both seem to struggle a bit. She is poking around the internet finding pictures she likes pose wise and I'm working on my end of it :)
    Here are a couple other shots

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    Put her in the frame and start talking to her about what she had for breakfast or whatever, keep the camera ready, when she looks good shoot.
    Takes the pressure off everybody.

    After about 15 minutes of fidgeting she will settle into it.
    Make sure she is in a comfortable position.

    I learned a long time ago that trying to fit one person into another persons pose just doesn't work...you can put them in the general position and then let them find their own comfort level.

    Interface and keep the camera ready, shoot when she looks good, keeps it fun.
    Instead of pose, don't move, smile, click, repeat, repeat, repeat. That method is no fun for anybody.
     
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