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May 13, 2011 05:31 |  #1

I took this fo a neighbour recently, shot in shade with small amount of fill flash at f/4.
Looking for help on composition and exposure, also anything else. I asked him to bring things that interest him, he wants to be a paleontologist.


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May 13, 2011 09:43 |  #2

I like it. I could perhaps be improved with just a tad more DOF to make the skull a little more defined.


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May 13, 2011 09:46 |  #3

a less distracting/more distant background would help some too. I like the concept though!




  
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May 13, 2011 09:49 |  #4

Was not easy for me to know that was a skull. Thought it was a crumpled brown paper bag at first.


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May 13, 2011 09:52 |  #5

Cool idea. The boys feet look weird coming out of his head like that. I like the idea of the foreground skull being out of focus but I think its a little much. The skull and the boy feel too separated to me. I do think a larger depth of field might have helped.


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May 13, 2011 09:54 |  #6

It doesn't really say paleo - whatever. You need a few more props, rock hammer, brush, pith helmit mag glass etc. Use a sandbox and give the kid something to do.

Here is the formula I use for creative shots

1. Location - look for a location that matches your subject. Keep your BG's clean.
2. Plan your props, outfits, play dressup don't over do it though.
3. Shoot from the subjects POV.
4. Plan your TOD, and your lighting to add seperation and isolation from the BG.
5. PLan the poses, and then shoot varieties.

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May 13, 2011 09:55 |  #7

Image is overall a little too hot, not enough cyan. The red in the background to the left side of the kid is a little distracting. My 2cents.


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May 13, 2011 10:03 as a reply to  @ LBaldwin's post |  #8

Thanks for the comments.
Would you suggest moving the skull closer then or up the aperture?
Any ideas on how I could get the background darker.
As for exposure and colour does it seem OK?
I have this too.I liked them both and thought a print of each in different rooms would look cool.

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May 13, 2011 10:10 |  #9

to get your background darker, make your subject brighter.

to make the skull more in focus, move it closer to your subject, and move your subject further from your background.




  
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May 13, 2011 11:04 |  #10

I like both of them as they are posted. Good shots.


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May 14, 2011 03:35 |  #11

the angle on your first shot inst very flattering. the shoes coming out of the head inst looking great, imo. so changing your angle or asking him to let his legs rest down would have been better form this angle.

i agree in that having a few more related things to his desire to become a paleontologist would benefit these shots.

otherwise as a viewer all I'm thinking is why is this boy laying on the ground next to a skull? :D

you could really have a lot of fun with a shoot like this. get more creative :)




  
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May 14, 2011 03:45 as a reply to  @ Nissaea's post |  #12

Firstly thanks for the c&c helps, I have an edited version with more cyan, and it looks better.
Looks like I will have to DIG around for some bits.
I understand that it needs some more props, wold that not be too much, distraction, in foreground?


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May 14, 2011 09:54 |  #13

You don't need to overdo it with props, but I think a hammer and a helmet would help quite a bit. For me, the skull would ideally be about halfway between him and where it is now, a little off-center, and a little more in focus. As it stands, it feels like a barrier between us and the subject.


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May 14, 2011 11:53 |  #14

I like the second shot better, with the boy out of focus. Perhaps a shot of him sitting down leaning against a tree engrossed in a book on paleontology, with the skull somewhere in the frame as well.


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May 14, 2011 15:57 |  #15

I like them both ideally but I would make sure the skull is more noticeable in the first one and the shoes coming out of the boys ears is a bit weird looking as well. But overall, nice shots.


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