Brothersby: © Viki Gemming
7.6
Overall
Rating
10
Subject
of photo
8
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Focus
7
General
impression
8
Composition
& Perspective
5
Depth
of field
5
Color &
Lighting
Description
Taking family photos for a friend.
Technical Details

Canon Rebel T2i

Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
F-stop: F4
ISO: 400
Flash: Built-in
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Emilio Banuelos
20+ Years
United States
Documentary
1 Jobs
General
impression
hello Viki, overall you did a great job with this portrait. Much of our challenge in portraiture is getting our subjects and ourself comfortable enough to be able to capture honest emotions. The subjects here look very comfortable and I can hear the laughter through your image. Great. I like that you are crouching down to their eye level, very important visually and a great way to work with little people. So you have the major challenge of portraiture, now let's fine tune the technical aspects of the image and we can communicate the emotions you capture in a way that is visual and emotional.
7/10
Subject
of photo
Great subjects, cute children and they look very comfortable in front of your lens, I can feel a connection between you and them.
10/10
Composition
& perspective
The composition and framing of the kids is really close, be mindful of your crops on body parts. Look at the younger boy's legs. Cropping at the joints looks awkward, either lift your camera to cut at the thigh or lower it to cut at the shin. Cutting at the knee, elbow, wrist, neck (the joints) tends to look strange and creates what I call the amputation effect. Cropping at mid-points, thighs etc, lets our mind complete the shape.
8/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
Camera exposure and speed is fine. With your lens, try making portraits at the 50mm range to give some separation of the subject and background.
8/10
Depth
of field
The image looks a bit flat. Part of it is due to the lighting you used, frontal lighting flattens our facial features, creating some shadows adds depth. Another way to add depth is to pull your subjects about 4-6 feet away from the background. This also helps reduce the ghost shadows I referred to before. And finally if you take advantage of natural light you will be using wider aperture settings which will give you a shallow depth of field and allow for more selective focus.
5/10
Color &
Lighting
In a two dimensional image we have to add depth with our lighting and the contrast it creates. If possible take the flash off the camera and postion it at a 45 degree angle, doing this will add shadows to the side of their face that will help you avoid the flat feeling. Also, you might want to start exploring a light coming in from a window, it tends to be softer and provides modeling for our subjects. It also helps you avoid the dark ghost shadow behind the children.
5/10
Focus
Good job with your focus.
10/10
How to improve your photo
1.
Be mindful of your cropping points, try to avoid cropping at the joints. Crop at midpoints to let our mind complete the shapes. Also consider moving closer to your subject, fill the frame with the laughter and eye contact. Wait for eye contact from both your subjects, the older child keeps me on the page with his glance, the younger child makes me want to see what he is looking at.
2.
Avoid using direct flash for portraits, frontal lighting is not very flattering and it flattens the image. Add depth by using side light, and especially window light. Try to make this portrait again, place your subjects near a window, watch the way the light wraps around their face creating a 3-D look to our 2-D images. Be sure to exclude the window from your frame.
3.
When making portraits, lenses in the 50mm-80mm range help us avoid distortion, provide separation for the subject from the background and allow us to work close enough to make the connections you are obviously good at making.
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Emilio Banuelos
Experience: 20+ Years
Specialty:
Documentary
Location:
United States
Jobs: 1 Jobs
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