Took a pic of this model, what can be improved

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    obviously i could cropped out the legs as i was capturing him using AI focus. my lowest aperture was 4.0 on the lens, so that's the best i could do with shallow depth of field.

    can you critique it, and also give me some pointers for improving this image on software like photoshop?

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    thanks!


     
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    Hey toe, are your posts real? I don’t wanna put time into answers if you’re just trolling?!
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    Hi Sharpshooterr.

    Yes, my posts are real. I subscribe to this forum because I thoroughly want to learn and hone my photography skills, not troll. What is even the point of that.
    Anyways, I realized some my post could be interpreted otherwise, but I promise I mean well. This post I definitely want image critiquing & feedback. thanks!
     
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    Photoshop will not improve your photography.
     
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    OK, you asked.

    Awkward pose. Yellow sweater with hoodie is too overpowering. Face is dark. Background is busy. Black coat is too small. Lighting is harsh. Eyes are squinting.

    In short, it looks like a "This is my buddy in the city" snapshot.
     
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    The urban background is extremely busy. If you really want to improve this I would select him and feather the selection about 3 pixels and then do a radial blur on the background, in an effort to sublimate the backgrounds busy-ness. A better idea would be to reshoot with a smoother background with fewer distractions.
     
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    Thanks!!

    Will a lower aperture help with a busy background?

    How should the model pose?

    As far as the choice of attire, is it a dealbreaker?

    Will lowering the contrast on the hoodie help?
    Will upping the exposure on face help?

    I know the commenter above said photoshop doesn't help a poor photograph, so I guess what can i do to get a better photograph?

    The subject was facing the sun which was the best way to lit the face. My camera read the correct exposure meter???
     
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    Thanks, I will try this. Is a lower aperture the only way to blur a busy background pre post?
     
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    Yes a wider aperture opening such as 2.8 or f/2 would help, and a longer lens focal length would narrow the background area behind the subject and would help to defocus the background.
     
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    my lens go up to 105mm. Will i need something longer than that?
     
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    Both a longer focal length and a wider aperture, if possible, will help defocus the background.
     
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    Poor pose, poor background, poor exposure, yellow is saturated to the ends of the earth, But other than that, it has possibilities.

    If you want to blur the background more when using f/4, then allow for more physical separation between your subject and the background. Also, by choosing a different background, such as trees, for instance, it will be less distracting.

    Did Imgur apply some strange "art" filter or what happened? The man appears to be somewhat underexposed, yet his yellow hoodie is in command. Why is that? If you want to fiddle with this shot in photoshop, decrease the yellow.
     

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