People Photography Photo Critique
Dancing in the Rain
by Laura Champ
Category: People Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/200 ,
Description: During a local festival this past summer, I photographed this couple dancing in the r see all >
During a local festival this past summer, I photographed this couple dancing in the rain. His expression while he watched her was amazing. I was trying for a soft, dreamlike look.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Spontaneous romantic moments. Unaware of your presence, real emotions. A brilliant subject matter!!!
I like your perspective but I think the composition lets you down as it steals from your subject. You've cut off at the girls waist line and I think being able to see just the top of her trousers/skirt would work better in giving a cut off line at the bottom of your frame. Overall it would probably work better as a portrait shot rather than landscape. Maybe even more close up, where your cut off points would be the girls back strap, the back of her head and maybe even cut off their hands. You said that his expression is what drew you, so make your composition lead us to his expression by cutting off all unnecessary clutter and making all lines lead to his look. The background is moderately uninteresting and distracting.
It looks like you may be slightly out of focus.
I agree with your speed and faster would be better for what you were shooting. Your image is overexposed. Don't trust your light meter blindly. It will usually give you a fair idea but take advantage of digital and look at what you're shooting while you're shooting. Either way, it isn't horribly overexposed and this is something that is easily correctable in Photoshop.
Lighting works well and I agree with your choice in monochrome but maybe black & white would work better than sepia. Give it a try.
Fine. And if you had a wider aperture it would work even better.
I love moments like this and an important part of photography is noticing. You saw an interesting and passionate moment and immortalised it!!! Good stuff!!!
How to improve your photo
Check what you're shooting while you're shooting. Obviously you might not have the time and what is more important is to catch the moment. But if you can, steal a look at your screen to see if you need to readjust.
Take full advantage of the digital convenience in your hands and experiment in the moment. It's always important to review your work at home and see what you could have done better but tying that in with the inspiration and spontaneity of the moment can have magnificent results. Don't be afraid to experiment while you're shooting. Experience is priceless.
Keep noticing. Photography is about technique, lighting, etc. but what really makes the difference is being able to notice a moment that most would pass by unaware. You are giving your viewpoint of the world to others to look at so well done and keep going!!!
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