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Jul 24, 2017 13:26 |  #1

Good afternoon, below is a shot taken from my 1st engagement shoot. Looking for constructive feedback.

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Jul 24, 2017 14:02 |  #2

Overall it is good :) I would have added a bit more light to their faces. I would darken down the grass right behind them.

He almost has RED ear. I hate it when that happens *LOL* His left shoe bothers me but I guess I am quirky about detached body parts.

Work on the editing a bit :)


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Jul 24, 2017 14:31 |  #3

Composition is fine, positions are ok, not stellar, but not bad.
Good you got to their eye level.

it is clear that a higher number F stop, (like f8 or more) was used as Everything is in focus... The trees and grass behind them are very clear. They compete for what should be the focus of the image, the couple. Ideally, using a lower number/larger diameter f stop would throw the background out of focus, and keep your attention on the couple.

I think a fill flash was used, but with the higher fstop in play, it still didn't expose the couple properly. They are underexposed and so the grass behind is over powering them a touch.

a speedlight in an umbrella positioned camera right would have helped to add some light correctly on their faces, and bring the exposure up, or a reflector may have worked as well.

Here is an example post showing the difference in using a more telephoto style, along with a larger(like f2.8-5.6) f stop will blur the background. a 50mm may have been used here, but it needed to be at f1.8 - 2.8 to help throw the background out of focus- and good technique to make sure the faces were in focus.

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Jul 24, 2017 15:53 |  #4

Good Composition.

Background is too bright and too busy. This can be a keeper with some post. I would've use a softbox or similar to light their faces.


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Jul 24, 2017 16:37 |  #5

I'm going to disagree about the "good composition" comments. To be frank, I think the compostion is not very good at all. When shooting couples, a good rule of thumb is to try to place them so that their bodies form a "triangle" shape, bringing them together. However, if you do want to shoot them sitting, don't have the man leaning against a tree.

Example

IMAGE: http://i.imgur.com/UYFVUfP.jpg

When choosing to shoot in a park or other outdoor setting, look carefully at your background and pick the best spot.

Example:

IMAGE: http://i.imgur.com/9186cbZ.jpg

Depth of field can be sharp depending on your intent.

example:

IMAGE: http://i.imgur.com/o0Dqp5k.jpg

Or use a shallow DOF for a more romantic image

example:
IMAGE: http://i.imgur.com/tesVUkT.jpg

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Jul 24, 2017 16:44 |  #6

image editing ok?


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Jul 24, 2017 16:55 |  #7

The is an odd color forming a straight line by her knuckles. Not sure what that is and looks like she has a watch shadow for her tan.


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Jul 24, 2017 19:55 |  #8

The last thing that many couples want to do after making a big investment in an engagement ring is to spend another small fortune on engagement pictures.

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Jul 24, 2017 22:00 as a reply to Jethr0's post |  #9

Sure


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Jul 25, 2017 00:02 |  #10

I'd crop out the swath of white sky.


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Jul 25, 2017 03:28 |  #11

Do not have time now. 2 minutes LR job can fix it a little.

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