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Composition and Posing Critique

 
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Feb 15, 2012 01:20 |  #1

Hi all,
this is my first post.
Im a reasonably new photographer and I took this image at a workshop that I went to.
As I'm not really sure with what Im doing, could someone please provide any feedback.

IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7200/6879679991_fe2d822226_b.jpg
Shot was taken with a 7D using a Tamron 28-75mm at 75(x1.6) f3.2 1/400 iso160

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Feb 15, 2012 01:56 |  #2

I think you have to rethink your composition. The woman is looking out of the frame and there is a blurry building competing for interest in the background. Focus on one subject (the bldg or woman) and compose accordingly. I'd crop out the building and go for a vertical portrait of the woman with the right border near her left arm. And it appears to me that you need a bump in exposure to brighten her up and maybe a white-balance for her skin.


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Feb 15, 2012 11:11 |  #3

I have to disagree with Qbx on the crop, (sorry). Your current crop is balanced very nicely with the building giving weight to the right side of the frame. Having her look out of frame with the building blurred in the background also adds some mystery to the shot and makes you wonder where she's coming from and going to and why. In other words it tells a story, So I wouldn't change it.

Her billowy outfit isn't very flattering to her so a better choice of wardrobe would be something to consider in the future.

That single orphaned branch on the right edge is a distraction and I would consider cloning it out.

Nice work, keep it up.


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Feb 15, 2012 11:29 |  #4

if you turn on image editing allowed you might get some different ideas...




  
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Feb 15, 2012 12:15 |  #5

I like the crop the way that it is. It is not a portrait, it is a landscape with a lady in the foreground. Like CalmAsToast said it tells a story. I am wondering myself what she is looking at. I do not need to see it but being that I am wondering means you did a good job.



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Feb 15, 2012 14:07 as a reply to  @ Flashstan's post |  #6

thanks for your feedback everyone,
I can see both sides to the story - and it goes to show how subjective photography is (no idea/view is necessarily right or wrong)




  
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Feb 15, 2012 14:22 |  #7

I would generally agree with the comment that there's competition for attention and that you shouldn't generally have people looking / going out of the frame, but I like it here.

I do think the exposure is low and she seems too orange/pink to me.




  
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Feb 16, 2012 04:17 |  #8

CalmAsToast wrote in post #13902300 (external link)
I have to disagree with Qbx on the crop, (sorry). Your current crop is balanced very nicely with the building giving weight to the right side of the frame. Having her look out of frame with the building blurred in the background also adds some mystery to the shot and makes you wonder where she's coming from and going to and why. In other words it tells a story, So I wouldn't change it.

Her billowy outfit isn't very flattering to her so a better choice of wardrobe would be something to consider in the future.

That single orphaned branch on the right edge is a distraction and I would consider cloning it out.

Nice work, keep it up.

Toast, I see your point and I agree that including the building can add some story value; but let's straighten it and brighten it a bit.
Here are two takes - but her skin still looks a bit too red to me.


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Feb 16, 2012 04:21 |  #9

I quite like the original, not at all keen on Qbx's edits. I agree with the comment about the billowy top and I like that she is looking out of frame, makes me think about what is there that is making her smile.


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Feb 16, 2012 08:22 |  #10

just an incey wincey crop to cut out that wayward tree on the right. love the building in the background, she looks great and I love the colours. She's a bit dark but i think it gets away with it because it's so sharp.


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Feb 16, 2012 08:37 |  #11
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The pose seems awkward to me, the flowing shirt detract from the photo.




  
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