Event Photography Photo Critique
by Tami Stucenski
Category: Event Photography
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Description: I was shooting a dance recital of my niece who dances with great impression which I w see all >
I was shooting a dance recital of my niece who dances with great impression which I was trying to capture.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
You caught the person at an expressive moment in a fun and interesting event.
The image frame edge is a little too tight. The actual picture frame she is holding is cut off on three sides and showing the full extent of frame would create a better balance with the images edges.
The persons knee looks in focus but her face is a little soft, maybe slightly out of focus.
Good use of camera in a event situation where getting the right moment is critical. Shutter speed seems O.K. but maybe could be faster to freeze action.
Color is good, lighting is excellent for situation.
Going from sharp focus on knee of subject to slightly soft face indicates too shallow depth of field. Probably due in most part to using f/5.6 aperture.
I like this image, both fun and expressive. My only real criticism is the framing and focus.
How to improve your photo
Using a tripod (if possible) might help with getting better depth of field and sharp focus overall.
Perhaps using a higher ISO sensitivity setting could also help to get better depth of field and overall sharpness by allowing a smaller aperture setting than f/5.6.
This picture is reasonably successful as an expressive moment but too tightly framed. In a situation like this take lots of images, maybe even shoot in rapid bursts and get sequences of images from which you can choose the best pictures. Use the zoom lens to try different kinds of framing from closer to further away. People new to photography or to digital cameras seem never to take enough pictures in event situations and hence miss the best moments. It is very easy to just delete those pictures on your memory chip that don't make the grade. And practice frequently in more event situations if this is what interests you most in photography.
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