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Nov 12, 2014 14:46 |  #1

Hello, hobby photographer here who mostly takes photos of anything other than people but decided I wanted to start doing some portraits of the kids in my family.

I purchased a Canon 85mm 1.8 and took these yesterday using it and my Canon 60D. It was a candid setting of my son while he was playing out in the yard.

I was wondering what the thought was on these photos and what I can do to improve in my photo taking.

Thanks in advance for any helpful insight.


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Nov 12, 2014 15:45 |  #2

They're both nice shots. A couple of things that you may try for your next shoot:
1. Get down to the same level as your subject.
2. Don't put your subject dead center in the image.


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Nov 12, 2014 15:57 |  #3

Get on the subjects level for intimacy. Shooting down makes the viewer dominant. Shooting from too low is unflattering and implies a dominant subject. Obviously there are times to break those guidlines but level is best for subject/viewer communication. Using a horizontal frame for a single person can be complicated. In the first you have him at the 1/3 point which is good but the rest of the backgound is so boring that it doesnt wotk all that well. The second shot would have worked horizontal if you didnt have him centered with dead space behind.




  
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Nov 12, 2014 15:59 as a reply to  @ bob_r's post |  #4

What he^ said plus there's too much headroom on both shots.


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Nov 12, 2014 16:42 |  #5

Thank you all for the pointers.

When you say too much headroom..... What do you mean exactly?




  
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Nov 12, 2014 16:51 |  #6

I don't think that there is too much headroom, people get caught up in all that to much imo. You could say you have the correct amount as it's about three times the distance to the left corner (on the first) the second one is fine too.

A good cinematic tool to generate a sense of space is to align the top of the head at the top third of the image (google rule of thirds).

Getting down on a level, face to face, can help, as mentioned above.


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Nov 12, 2014 16:56 |  #7

Jwheeler331 wrote in post #17268160 (external link)
Thank you all for the pointers.

When you say too much headroom..... What do you mean exactly?

Generally that means the amount of space above the head. I think the first could use a tighter crop sbove the head. Not so much because of the space but mainly because it would increase the size of the subject in the frame.




  
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Nov 12, 2014 17:08 |  #8

Ok. Thank you. I will think of all of this next time I shoot.




  
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Nov 12, 2014 17:33 |  #9

#2 looks a little over sharpened in the hair.


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Nov 12, 2014 17:42 |  #10

I didn't sharpen at all on these.




  
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Nov 12, 2014 21:25 |  #11

Cute little guy!

Jwheeler331 wrote in post #17268280 (external link)
I didn't sharpen at all on these.

Something did. What did you use to make the image smaller for the forum?

Also thing about turning the camera to get a vertical image.


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Nov 12, 2014 22:54 |  #12

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Cute little guy! Something did. What did you use to make the image smaller for the forum?

Also thing about turning the camera to get a vertical image.

Thanks.

I just resized it through photoscape, I think is what the program is called.




  
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Nov 12, 2014 23:03 |  #13

You have image editing ok so here is my go at a little edit.....


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Nov 12, 2014 23:49 |  #14

Nice.




  
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