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hegi
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Dec 11, 2009 02:57 |  #1

Hello everyone,

My "bread and butter" since i have started doing photography is shooting sports. While i think i pretty much got a hang of how to "spray and pray", i am still new to portraits and people shots. This is an area where i want to improve in the future and hope for some hints to improve.

Here's a family portrait of my family in law. It was a more-or-less planned shoot for them to have a Christmas present for the grandparents.

As they wanted to have the picture taken at their house, i had a hard time to find a proper location. I settled for a red wall, as you can see in the photo.

Unfortunately, there are objects hanging from this wall, so I had to have them pose on the outmost left border of the wall leaving no room to properly set up an off camera flash. Therefore i went for on camera, bounced light from the ceiling.

This is a minimum edit of the original picture. I added contrast and some kind of more-or-less subtle vignetting. A few cosmetics have also been done including a little teeth withening.

Some things i already see as a problem (at least for me):
No off-camera flash and no bright subject behind me (like a window) to create proper catchlights. The eyes miss a little pop from my pov. Also there is a shadow casting behind the father on the right. However, this might not be too distracting

What do you think?
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Dec 11, 2009 03:14 |  #2

Girl on the left looks like shes trying to hide behind the blonde.


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Dec 11, 2009 03:16 |  #3

zachbreaux wrote in post #9175718 (external link)
Girl on the left looks like shes trying to hide behind the blonde.

After looking at it again and again, i also think this is a problem. Hiding or not, she looks a little bit "out of the group", doesn't she?


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Dec 11, 2009 03:39 |  #4

Sorry to say, but quite.


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Dec 11, 2009 03:40 |  #5

It might just be because the blonde and the mother look so much alike.


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Dec 11, 2009 11:13 as a reply to  @ zachbreaux's post |  #6

It just looks forced to me? If you had the parents infront, sitting down, and the girls in the back, it would look more cohesive to me? Careful with whites and skin smoothing.less is way more;)


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Dec 11, 2009 11:24 |  #7

I love the lighting...it's a great picture. I think the main reason the girl on the left looks "out of the group" is because she is facing the back of someone who is facing someone else. She also needs to face forward a bit.


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