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Mar 09, 2016 15:34 |  #1

Would love some critique on a couple of engagement shots i took last weekend. Will be giving them to the client this week and have sent her a couple of previews and she loved them, so just wondering what i could improve on! I do realize the subject is in the middle in all them and need to work on that with the next shoot.

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Mar 09, 2016 16:34 |  #2

Congrats to the couple

1. Wish they were on top of the hump of the bridge instead of on he other side of it. Feel it is to far away, so they get lost.
2. To harsh of light on their face and wish there was not the heavy shadow on their bodies
3. Guessing these were taken midday? The shadows across the face ruin the picture imo
4. Love the ring :)


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Mar 09, 2016 19:13 |  #3

agree with above. Next time, if you can bring along a friend and have them hold a diffuser over them so the sun is not so harsh or use some flash or a reflector to balance. Or talk them into later day.


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Mar 10, 2016 05:05 |  #4

I like the sitting photo the best, as the male is so tall, and as a consequence, has to push his neck out to see down.

For the ballon shot, the grade of the grass tails off to the left, so maybe get him over on that side. You could really take advantage of the elevation of the bridge with him leaning against the rail just over the crest, by a couple of inches, and her leaning into him from the top.

I also like the ring shot, but his shirt sleeve needs to be pulled down.

I think you did well here.




  
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Mar 21, 2016 16:58 |  #5

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! Will keep the little details in mind for the next shoot.


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Mar 23, 2016 11:00 |  #6

Give yourself a little more room on the second and last photo. The crop is so tight on #2 that you almost lose his elbow and her him. The last one, would have benefited by having a little more breathing room on the hands as well.
Definitely agree with the first one just being wrong placement of the couple. Having them at the middle of the bridge would have allowed you to see all of them.
But overall, I think you did a pretty good job.


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Mar 23, 2016 12:21 |  #7

On the first one my thought process was to have the bridge kind of lead the eye to the them. But I see what everyone is saying and I have a couple of them standing on the bridge as well just liked that one for some reason.


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Mar 23, 2016 20:43 |  #8

If using Lightroom, bring down the highlights and raise the contrast a touch.. my $0.02


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Mar 23, 2016 21:16 |  #9

My .02 (which might be worth a lot less than that).

(1) Nice solid shot IMO. I don't love that the subjects blend into the background a little more than I'd like, and I think this shot would be stronger if they were standing on the bridge with her leaning against one of the railings. This would also help the geometry of the bridge lead you to the couple. The highlights in her hair look a bit hot.

Not the most creative shot but IMO every engagement needs 15 or so shots like this (solid and easy).

(2) Also solid. Not much to say other than the crop on his elbow is kinda tight. An easy follow-up to this would be to just have them touch foreheads and smile. 2 for the price of 1.

(3) The balloons aren't really me but if they are your style and clients like it then all the power to you. The woman's pose feels a little flat-footed but isn't horrible. The shadows on the faces are not great, perhaps seek out some shade next time?

(4) Pretty standard, not much to say. I like these shots more when you can see the couples faces in the background somewhere.

General thoughts:
(1) Wtf is the dude wearing? Those shoes should never leave the house IMO.
(2) Try to shoot at better times of day if you can. You had a lot of harsh lighting here and it just makes everything more challenging.
(3) You have the solid stuff down so try some more creative ideas in the future (different focal lengths, perspectives, poses, lighting, etc.).




  
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Mar 31, 2016 17:08 |  #10

Time of day would have really worked better for you. Understand that is not always possible, but if that is the case, look for more shaded areas. The bridge pic was a good concept, but did not like them cut off that way. either have them further back and the bridge faded out in the foreground, or have them better centered/composed.

Shoes... someone commented on that. You can suggest better stuff, but what they show up with is what you work with.

Ring shot was good, but I thought it was a little flat. Maybe try to get more blur on the background, and here is where fill light would have been great.


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