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fourtweinty
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Dec 16, 2012 19:17 |  #1

Hello! I am new in photography and practicing in portrait shots.
comments for each photo will much appreciated. thank you!

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Dec 16, 2012 19:58 |  #2

I'm not a portrait photographer so may be a little off target but here is what I see.

If these were true portraits (controlled set up, supplemental lighting, etc.) I would say they missed their mark, but only by a little.

In the b&w there is no catch light in his eyes, which would have made a lot of difference. The background is a little distracting with the bar coming out of the side of his head. I like the amount of light on his face, and the exposure is well done. The crop is good, and having him just off center works very well (I struggle with that a lot in my photos).

In the second photo the expression is awesome. You managed to get a little light in his eyes, intentionally or not. Having a little more light on his face would change it from good to very, very good. The lady in the background takes a lot away from this photo. The architectrical features in the background aren't as bothersome as in the first one. The collar on the left shoulder and the numbers on the hat are a little soft, a couple of more inches of DOF would maybe be better. That point sometimes gets down to personal preference so may not be a problem for many people, and I find it only mildly so.

Overall these are two very good photos and you seem to have a good eye for composition. You are already ahead of my abilities in portraits, I would be very excited to have taken either of these. My knack seems to be more in landscapes and I just can't get a handle on portraits.


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Dec 16, 2012 20:18 |  #3

@Nu2this; hello! thank you for the comments! I started photography 3weeks ago when I first had my Camera. I'll adjust those things on my next shots! thank you! :)


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Dec 17, 2012 08:30 |  #4

IMO, need more light on the face in both, and they seem very soft...




  
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Dec 21, 2012 23:46 |  #5

I would say you have two issues. In my humble opinion I think (for a portrait shot) your composition is your biggest issue in both images. In the first one, I think he was a bit stiff, and not very natural. The second shot you had way too much inappropriate distraction in the back, and it was cropped way too tight. Unless the activity in the background correlates with what you’re trying to achieve, I would keep it as still as possible and keep people, especially with their back turned to you, out of it. This image would have been very different had it had a still background, or an active background that fit the pose of the subject, which was actually very well done. Had you had that, you would not have had to crop so much, and the background would have worked for you instead of against you. Second, in that image particular, fill light would really have helped out both of these. The first one, I can see where some shadow would work, but for the second one, you had way too much shadow on his face.

This would be my two cents,


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