People Photography Photo Critique
Louis Al-Ayoubi and his Dad Ayham
by Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi
Category: People Photography
Sony Alpha DSLR-A900
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Exposure time: 1/2100 ,
Description: A photo of my son Louis at my sister widding day , London UK
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
subject is good, I like the smiling but out of focus person in background, I think I would of liked to see a bit more of the background person in frame.
I like this composition, the primary subject dominates the frame off center (creating interest), and we can still see the expression of the person in the background
the focus is a bit off and I'm not really sure if it is a focus or slower shutter speed issue. The boy in the foreground should be tack sharp unless you are trying to convey (via technique) an emotion or feeling that is expressed by lack of focus
please see above, not sure if it's shutter speed or focus issue. I think that tonality (white balance) could be a bit warmer
if flash was used it was used well as to NOT show an over lit scene, nothing burnt out (overexposed) and nothing too blocked up
great use of depth of field, bringing our attention to the subject.
I'm a bit perplexed looking at the camera data speed says 2100, is that 1/2100 of a sec/ if so that would indicate to me that the subject is not blurred but slightly out of focus, also flash says 'built-in', does that mean it fired? If it did, I would think I'd see more of a highlight in the boys eyes.
How to improve your photo
focus, if the photo is spontaneous and you don't have perfect focus, this can be a bit improved using photoshop, creating a layer, sharpening the top layer (usually this can be faded back to between 60-85%)than erasing around the subject on the top layer, than flattening the 2 layers. This makes the subject appear sharper
warm colors up a bit in photoshop or other editing program, especially in shadow areas colors tend to be a bit cool. Perhaps a bit of yellow and magenta would work
add a bit of contrast, in PS use curves bringing darks down and highlights up just a bit. good luck and keep up the work!
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