Black & White Photography Photo Critique
by alan livingstone
Category: Black & White Photography
Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: posterity&new life
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
It's hard not to love baby pictures! This image is nicely exposed and captures the and curiosity joy of a young baby very well. The action makes the image work. Very little to improve, and a very strong image that the parents will love. The B&W is well done (I assume film from the camera model), grain controlled and nice tones throughout.
Nicely composed with the child at an angle that catches the interest of the baby as well as the viewer. The background (top right) would be improved by cropping and reducing the sharpness in my view.
Focus is good, the eyes are sharp and that is critical in a portrait. As above a slightly shallower depth of field would strengthen the image.
Lighting is good, with soft light that works well with the skin of a baby. The strong shaow to the left side of the image adds depth and interest.
I would like to have seen a shallower depth of field use in order to soften the background, especially top left where it is sharp and light, drawing my eye more than I would like.
A strong image that will be treasured by the family for years! Well done.
How to improve your photo
Use a shallow depth of field to soften a distracting background.
In post (darkroom or computer) make sure distracting highlights are toned down. The eye goes to lighter, sharper, higher contrast areas first and the top right background in this image suffers form that.
Crop more tightly. I'm not, generally, a recommender of cropping to improve an image. However in this case a tight crop on the baby, eliminating the top right of the image, could work here.
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