Don’t worry about not getting lots of replies when you ask for critiques. I chime in every couple of weeks but don’t want to make a full time job out of reviewing images. The disclaimer: I am not an expert, but anyone on the internet – even me. First off, there are people that will look at an image and love it and others will look at it and will not like it at all. It all depends what they are looking at/for. A cute puppy or kitten (I don’t like cats but that is another matter) will quite often get oohs and awes because of the subject and not for the technical merit of the image. Keep that in mind, if you continue to read – all ideas are just me and I am only one person. Another thing to remember is that it is easier for me to point out what I would like to see changed than it is for me to get the proper setup so that my images come out the way I would like. Finally, the assumption is that these were “set up” as model images and not “casually shot” images.
Image 1: The flash behind (camera left) either needs to provide a uniform light pattern or be directed to the center of the subject so that there is a lighter area on both sides of the subject. Right now there is a hot spot just over her left shoulder. The hand and arm has been covered. The lighting is “hot” – the palm of her right hand should not be whiter in color than that in her shirt. Her other hand is also “hot” but not as much. The left side of her face (camera right) is also much lighter than I would like to see. Last, while I don’t care for the busy plaid of the shirt, it has either been well worn or the colors are off. The center of her hair (top of her head) has no detail left. Overall, I think the exposure should have been changed and possible different placement of lighting.
On the plus side, normally one person in a picture requires a portrait layout rather than a landscape. With how you have positioned the model and the expansion of her arms the landscape format works very well.
Image 2: While the depth of field (bokeh) is great, the amount of white area in the left side of the picture is distracting to me. Normally a person’s eye is drawn to lighter areas, which if it is the models face it is good, but if it is the edge of the image, it isn’t. I also don’t like that the backpack has been cut off – similar to the hand in image 1. There is enough “empty” area in the image that the backpack could have been all there. The jacket being as bright as it is also distracts from the model. I would also encourage you to crop. Not that mine is the best, but it will give you an idea.
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It looks like you have some camera skill and I would encourage you to continue to look for ways to improve. If you post images and don’t get many replies, continue to click on other posts and do your own evaluation of the images. Remember to first look for the technical merit in an image and not evaluate what is in the image. There are many good posts in this forum for all of us to learn from – the problem (that I have too) is remembering to do them when I shoot.