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Family portrait near the Golden Gate Bridge

 
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Jan 17, 2018 17:38 |  #1

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Jan 19, 2018 10:16 |  #2

A nice family image. I know you didn't ask, but I'll offer some comments.

I would prefer if your family stood more left of the bridge. The camera would have to pan a little more left, but your family would be on the left third of the image, the bridge would be displayed nicely, and you'd remove some of the distractions on the right side of the current image.

Again, still a nice moment for your family though.


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Jan 19, 2018 11:12 |  #3

01Ryan10 wrote in post #18544400 (external link)
A nice family image. I know you didn't ask, but I'll offer some comments.

I would prefer if your family stood more left of the bridge. The camera would have to pan a little more left, but your family would be on the left third of the image, the bridge would be displayed nicely, and you'd remove some of the distractions on the right side of the current image.

Again, still a nice moment for your family though.

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IOW, do not 'bullseye' your main subject of interest (and the equally interesting background)...instead cause the viewers' eye to move around the frame to view the subjects and then the background. It makes for improved composition. Yes, your subjects might not be centered between the two towers, but the eye tends to lock in at the center because not a lot of stuff to both sides invites curiosity to scan around.
If the people were to the left of the distant tower, the line of the bridge would lead the eye from the structure at the right toward the people at the left (a somewhat different shot concept from the one voiced by Ryan)..


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Jan 19, 2018 11:19 |  #4

I think this image would be more effective as a portrait if both sides were significantly cropped to produce a vertical format.


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Jan 26, 2018 03:15 as a reply to OhLook's post |  #5

Absolutely. There is nothing of interest in 2/3 of the image.


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Jan 26, 2018 17:49 |  #6

One of the most iconic landmarks in the world and you get the family to stand right in front of it so we can't even see the bridge.


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Jan 26, 2018 20:42 |  #7

This is where you might want to experiment with using a longer lens to change the impact of the elements in the photo. You could keep the subjects the same size but make the bridge a more prominent element by backing up and using a longer lens. Simultaneously you narrow the field of view so there is less stuff intruding in the near background to the sides.




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