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Oct 11, 2018 17:03 |  #1

Natural light, taken against the side of our apartment on our balcony... other than the small bit of railing on the bottom left (near his shoulder), are there any other improvements that can be made (composition or processing)?


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Oct 11, 2018 19:30 |  #2

MacGrad, cute kid. Overall quite a nice portrait.

Couple of things to maybe think about.
Possible crop, from above the writing on his T-Shirt, you can't read it and it distracts from your son.
The portrait is about your son, not the T-Shirt.
I realise you are on a balcony, if possible try with your son standing a little away from the wall,
this will add some distance to smooth/blur the background out a little more and allow your son to be the focus.
Try F4 or maybe F2.8 if you can move yourself around 2 metres distance from your son.
White balance for processing and clone out the fence.

I'd still be happy with what you have.

Just my 2c worth, and in no way should be taken as professional critique.




  
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Oct 12, 2018 07:28 |  #3

beautiful.
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Oct 12, 2018 08:25 |  #4

get something to white balance with.. a grey card with white and black on it will help you expose properly, and then set the color balance in camera.

**to me** it looks like there are some color casting going on. But a very nice picture for a for a first effort.


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Oct 17, 2018 19:36 as a reply to  @ ksbal's post |  #5

I know I should have used a white card, but it's tough to get him to participate in "setup shots" when you're pulling him away from his entertainment.

I think the color cast issue was caused by changing the WB from Auto to Cloudy (or was it Shade?)... here's what the original picture looked like (using "Auto" WB), and then the shot using a "click white balance" from the letters on his shirt -- color cast issue fixed?


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