Family Photography Photo Critique
My Little Hummingbird
Category: Family Photography
Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Exposure time: 1/1200 ,
Description: First time my daughter opened her eyes after birth. I was trying to capture the beaut see all >
First time my daughter opened her eyes after birth. I was trying to capture the beauty of her moment
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
It's really great that you're documenting your daughter's childhood!
Personally, I would have composed with your daughter's head a little more to the left, leaving the negative space to catch her gaze. I would have liked to see her eyes a little better too, getting a little more of an overhead angle, and maybe just a little more space around her.
Focus is spot on!
Can't really find fault here either, but see my remarks under lighting.
Okay, this is where I get mean! First off, I'm not a fan of on camera flash, especially those little built-in flashes. If that is indeed how you lit this, please... please! get yourself a tiltable hot-shoe unit and a light modifier such as those made by Gary Fong. Yeah, it's gonna cost you some bucks, but if you're serious about photography and having really nice photos of your daughter, it's a no-brainer. It will allow you to bounce the light off the ceiling or nearby wall with the effect of giving you a much more natural looking light. Never use harsh, straight flash if there is any way at all to avoid it.
Everything that needs to be sharp is sharp.
Fallan, you've captured a milestone moment in your young daughter's life. It's time to start thinking beyond the snapshot and creating a photograph that will capture a little more of the story without the harsh light of a straight, on-camera flash.
How to improve your photo
Think about your lighting. Try to use natural light, such as the beautiful light by a window, to capture your images. It's not always possible, but it will give you nicer, softer, more natural looking photos than that of an unmodified on-camera flash.
Work on your composition. Capture all the elements you need to tell a story with your photo. Don't be afraid to try something unusual. Try to implement the Rule of Thirds with your composition - divide your photo into 3 grids of three, and never put your subject in the middle box.
Take lots and lots of pictures. Try different things with lighting and composition. Do the unexpected. Have fun with your photos!
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