Event Photography Photo Critique
Married at last!
by Marlise Jacobs
Category: Event Photography
Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/1000 ,
Description: For this photo I used a 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 lens at 85mm. I tried to get as much of the see all >
For this photo I used a 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 lens at 85mm. I tried to get as much of the cloud in without compromizing composition.
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Shot could be a little tighter. A little too much space from top of head and sky. Would concentrate more on couple instead of sky and clouds.
Focus should always be on the eyes in people unless you want to draw attention somewhere else. Eyes of the Groom seem alittle soft.
Exposure looks possibly a stop to half a stop over, otherwise looks good. Good details in the highlights (whites).
No problems with color, but lighting needs work. Shadows on the subjects faces bother me the most. See suggestions below to improve lighting.
Maxed out at lowest aperture for your lens. You could have shot closer at 50 to drop aperture down another stop.
Overall a nice photo with the subjects, but the shadows on faces kill the quality for me.
How to improve your photo
Turn subjects back towards the sun (use the sun as a back light) and purchase a "Reflector" to bounce light back into their face and front. Also make sure you have an assistant or someone hold out a card, their hand or anything else to block any light spilling onto your lens as you are shooting in the direction of the sun.
Or - Turn subjects back towards the sun. Use your "Pop Up Fill Flash" on the 7D to Fill in the shadows and light the subjects or use an external flash for more power. Again - make sure no light is hitting your lens.
If there is shade (under a tree, next to building, church, hall etc...) - Get your shots "In the Shade" especially during mid afternoon. Bounce light back into the shadow areas of the subject with a Reflector or use your Pop Up Fill flash to get more light. This will give you a much "Softer" and more pleasant light than "Hard" direct sun light. In your shot - Side light.
I would have the Groom's right arm under and wrapped around the Bride's waist instead of over her arm. Bride's right arm looks alittle awkward as she is held down on that side. This would make a more flattering shot.
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