Is this a good picture?

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  1. kusetjuv

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    You'll get more responses if you embed the image in your post instead of linking to it. Also, be prepared for some harsh comments, because that's just how things work around here. There's always room for improvement, and that's generally where comments will be focused - not on praising the stuff you did right.

    On the shot of your friend, I think it's okay, it's a tad underexposed and I wouldn't mind it warmed up a little. I think it's one of those shots that you and your friend will always be able to look back on and remember what you were doing and where you were when it was taken, but there's not much in the photo to tell us the story, if you know what I mean. If I hadn't read the caption I'd never have known she was watching sunset.

    So you ask, is it a good picture, and I ask, in what context? For you and your friend, I think it's a great photo. For everyone else, it's nothing special. That's just my opinion.

    I didn't look at any of the pictures in your stream, but if you wanted to pick a few of your favorites and post them here (embedded, not linked) I'm sure folks would have some thoughts for you.
     
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    You will get more responses posting a picture rather than just a link. Also, do you mean technically well shot or pleasing images? There can be a huge difference. I saw a couple of technical issues in the three I looked at, but found the first image of the girl visually pleasing.
     
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    Thanks, but is it just 'decent', then? I linked it on yahoo answers and everyone said it looked pro done. Maybe ive been expecting too much?
    And I wondering how you can say that "for everyone else, its nothing special"..are you everyone else? ^^
     
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    It looks okay. When friend say it "looks pro done", I suspect they mean it looks like it was done by a professional-level camera. And yes, it looks like a professionally capable camera took that photo.
     
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    It was random people on yahoo answers who said so, not my friends;P
     
  7. OrionsByte

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    Well it always depends on who you ask. People unfamiliar with photography tend to over-praise anything that's better than they could do with their cell phone cameras. :p

    When you took this photo, was it a moment of opportunity, where you saw her sitting there and decided you wanted to snap a shot, or was it done as a "photoshoot" where you sat her down, posed her, told her where to look, etc.? I'm guessing it was a moment of opportunity, and as such, it's a very good snapshot, and it shows you know how to control your camera and that you have an eye for composition. If it was a posed shot though, there are a lot of things that could have been done better. So it's all in the perspective.

    I've been shooting since I was a kid too, but there's more to improving than repetition. Being shown where your photos are lacking so that you can work on those areas will only make you better.
     
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    Sure, it looks like something that could have been produced by a professional. The problem is, I've seen some professionals that aren't that great at photography but are good at business, so they keep themselves a float that way. I've seen some hobbyist that produce amazing work. And unless you're getting answers from pro photographers on Yahoo, I'd take them with a grain of salt.

    Her face looks fat because it looks like she's pulling her chin into her neck. That's not exactly flattering. It's also exacerbated by her hand pressing into her chin. Bringing the chin out from the neck gives a more slimming look. The pose is OK. She looks a little underexposed for my taste. A little more light on her and I'd like it a little more.

    I like the B&W photo of your niece more than I like this one.
     
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    I agree with the Idiot all around :p
    It's definitely underexposed and could use some more intentional lighting (or just more understanding of metering) to be a great portrait, but as far as composition and post work, you seem spot on.

    i posted on the photo of your niece too on flickr, check the comments.
     
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    Thanks for all the great answers so far! :)
     
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    Looks like a pro photo, but the light is definitely not exposed on face as it should be. As village idiot told, I agree with him. Her face looks fat because it looks like she's pulling her chin into her neck. That's not exactly flattering. Some more pics from different angle need to be tried. Otherwise, its fine and looks good. :)
     
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    I think its a really nice impromptu portrait, its really sharp, in focus and has a really nice dept of field.
     

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