People Photography Photo Critique
Here's looking at you....
by Judy Guffey
Category: People Photography
Lens: Super-Telephoto: > 2
Description: This is cropped. Trying to convey the look of serenity on this fisherman's face. Do see all >
This is cropped. Trying to convey the look of serenity on this fisherman's face. Don't remember any of the details of the photo.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
I really like this picture. His face is so expressive!
You composed/cropped the photo fairly well. I wish you had seen the dark tab coming out of the side of his head and maybe moved slightly to the right to eliminate it. It is a bit distracting, but not a major concern since his face is so strong.
Focus is spot on. Good job!
The warm tones on his face really add to the strength photo. Don't know if this was early morning or late afternoon, but the color is very nice.
Excellent. The shallow depth of field brings your eyes right to his face. Having said that, you tell me in the description that he is a fisherman. I would not know that from the photo. But, since it seems you were trying to capture the character of his face, the DOF is appropriate and well executed.
This is a strong photo of a very interesting face. I want to know more about him. I hope you took the extra photos to show more of him in his environment. I am guessing there was a lot there too see and photograph. I am very interested in expressive faces. You nailed it.
How to improve your photo
I like the crop and the DOF, but since you describe him as a fisherman I would like to have see just a little something to tell me that. When in a situation like this it is good to go for the shallow DOF, but then also include a little of the background to place your subject in his environment by a deeper DOF in other frames. Is that a boat in the background? Maybe go to f 5.6, then 8. The focus will still be on his face, but will include a clue about who he is and what he does.
For future reference, if it is not early morning or late afternoon and you want the same look, change your white balance to cloudy or shade. This will add a little bit of warmth to the photo.
Watch your backgrounds for objects coming out of people's heads. Even with a shallow DOF this can be a little distracting.
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