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Hiplo
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Jan 22, 2018 18:10 |  #1

These were quick shots of the kids on the way in the house on a snowy day. Snow has been iffy around these parts and I have been trying to get some good "wintry" shots of them. Focus (and perhaps composition?) seems to be an issue here and I would appreciate any tip or tricks to help get better photos.

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Ramon-uk
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Jan 23, 2018 13:10 |  #2

It's difficult to criticise when they are grab shots like these because you get what you get.

I think a smaller aperture may have helped to ensure the focus, and they both look overexposed with parts of the clothing and the snow burnt out.
You have made it difficult for yourself by having them dressed in white clothing against the white snow.
The second one would have looked better if you hadn't cut them off at the bottom and given a bit more space to the left, that way the girl at the back wouldn't have looked as though she is running out of the frame.

Otherwise they are a nice shots of a couple of cute kids enjoying the snow and as a family record what more can you ask for.




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Jan 23, 2018 21:11 |  #3

I agree that the white attire made it difficult to separate the clothing from the field and pond in the background. Next time it snows I will actually plan and choose more bold colors and drop the aperture and see what I come up with. Thanks for the feedback!




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Jan 27, 2018 08:21 |  #4

I like the white attire. It gives it a bit of a high key look. But I agree that the shots are slightly overexposed.


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Feb 14, 2018 23:49 |  #5

I think with shots like this, if you capture their character then that's what really matters. Sometimes you get lucky with the composition and the more you practice, the luckier you get. But a lot of the 'classic' grab shots are all about the moment, not so much about the technical aspects of composition. You chose a day with nice even light and I think the snow and clothing puts emphasis on their faces, which I think is a good thing.

I think you have a good shutter speed and aperture. I imagine that lens is not the fastest focusing which will make things a little more difficult, but you have to deal with that - be in continuous AF and take bursts. Then get used to deleting a bunch of shots (or not if you have disk space).


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