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Jun 19, 2014 01:29 |  #1

Hello, I had a wedding on the weekend and thought I would post two frames that I feel worked well but please critique so as to improve. What would you have done differently? No flash was used in these shots.


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Jun 19, 2014 01:47 |  #2

Hi, I am no expert but happy to offer an opinion.

I do not like number 1 at all. It is not a composition that tells me anything. I do not like the low angle, I cannot tell if the merry-go-round is moving, the lights in the background slope and the facial expressions are strange - well you did ask.

The second is more interesting. Good timing on the shot. My only question here (for the experts) is whether you would d have been better with a tighter crop, or alternatively, moved further away to get the couple's feet in.

I stress that I am not an expert, but just wanted to share my initial reaction to your images.


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Jun 19, 2014 05:09 |  #3

all opinions welcome Plumtreelad. Its a good point you make regarding stepping back on the 2nd image to get feet / shoes in as well. :-)


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Jun 19, 2014 06:23 |  #4

Whelan Photography wrote in post #16980927 (external link)
all opinions welcome Plumtreelad. Its a good point you make regarding stepping back on the 2nd image to get feet / shoes in as well. :-)

I have to add that I have only ever done one wedding, for my niece last week, and could not contemplate putting any up for critique - I am a coward!

I hope that the wedding business is staying strong and that you are kept busy!


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Jun 19, 2014 06:40 |  #5

Whelan Photography wrote in post #16980927 (external link)
Its a good point you make regarding stepping back on the 2nd image to get feet / shoes in as well. :-)

I disagree. Is the shot about the shoes or is it about the kiss under the confetti? Personally I'd have cropped it just a little higher. I'd also be inclined to clone on the partial hand in the top right hand corner of the frame and maybe the one stay piece of confetti at the back of his head. Other than that it is great IMO.

The first shot the right edge (lights) and bottom edge (where you can see the underside of her dress and a slither off the LHS could all be cropped out. They distract away from the subjects, just a tighter crop needed IMO. Other than than another nice shot. Personally I'd probably clone out the flag pole in the background too.


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Jun 19, 2014 13:46 |  #6

I agree with memoriesoftomorrow's comment. Nice shots.


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Jun 19, 2014 16:15 |  #7

I like both shots. Both have good lighting and are not your "normal" wedding poses. My only complaint with the first shot is the bride's hair is coming accross her left cheek and I would have probably cloned that out. Otherwise, nice shots.


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Jun 20, 2014 00:52 |  #8

Yes the hair in the first shot was a let down. :-(


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Jun 20, 2014 19:43 |  #9

The first pic the groom is almost hidden. Can't see his hands or feet.


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Jun 20, 2014 23:34 |  #10

p00kienrayray wrote in post #16984454 (external link)
The first pic the groom is almost hidden. Can't see his hands or feet.

Why do you need to see them?


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Jun 21, 2014 00:25 |  #11

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Why do you need to see them?

BC all I see is his head and left shoulder. To me it looks like he's peeking from behind the bride.


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Jun 21, 2014 08:14 |  #12

Don't need to see hands and feet! IMHO

Biggest flaw for me is that the faces are dead center in both images

#1 - the entire right side of the image is empty, bright and a massive eye draw with no purpose. With a bit of practice and photoshop, the hair can be gone. Crop in, put them in the right 1/3 and you have a much better image. Heck, look at the bottom of the image, what do you see? Big bright blob of her dress... just white... crop it!

if you had image editing turned on, i'd show you how i'd crop #2 - it would be wide and short... the bottom of the image is nothing but skirts, legs, etc and are useless.. only thing of interest is her flowers and if someone had been working the shot, she would have been holding them up not down at her side... crop out a ton here :) - drop the entire right side as well (tho there are some great faces there it is a shame)... the natural flow of the arms on the left and the bride looking up at the groom makes a great flow when you kill the right side off.


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Jun 21, 2014 10:39 as a reply to  @ memoriesoftomorrow's post |  #13

I have to agree with Memoriesof tomorrow. Tighter crop on the carousel shot. Also, the dress is rather blown out in both shots. Details in the dress would make the bride very happy.


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Jun 21, 2014 10:43 |  #14

IMO your logo is a little big


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Jun 21, 2014 18:57 |  #15

The first one, her hair is in her mouth. The second is perfect! :)


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