People Photography Photo Critique
by Ana Isabel Martinez
Category: People Photography
Canon EOS 7D
Description: Shutter Speed:1/800 second Aperture:F/9.0 Focal Length:320 mm ISO Speed:160 Date Take see all >
Shutter Speed:1/800 second Aperture:F/9.0 Focal Length:320 mm ISO Speed:160 Date Taken:Jun 4, 2012, 4:18:15 PM Software:Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows www.asturiswmisfotos.com
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Wow. This is an excellent subject. That weathered face, that incredible beard and that hair! There's a world's worth of life experience in that photo.
I love the feel of the photo and the placement of the subject is great. It just feels a bit too tight overall. I'd have love to see the image with just a bit more image area available and the subject positioned a bit more to the right and bottom to give him a little more air to look into. I'm not sure if it was cropped this tight in the camera or if you have more image area available to you, but if you do, you might want to try a recrop of the file.
Excellent. Nice and sharp. The creamy out-of-focus background is an excellent contrast to the sharpness of the subject.
Excellent choices for your aperture and shutter speed. It's great that you were able to keep the ISO low.
Your choice of black and white suits the subject matter and the light skimming off your subject's face accentuates the wrinkles impressively.
The depth of field choice works well, but I'd have liked to see what the image looked like with a shallower choice, say 4.5 or 5.6. The distance between your subject and your background makes is a bit of a moot point though, it works well at f9.
Ana, you've done a great job here. This is a wonderful photo of your subject and ennobles his age and experience.
How to improve your photo
If your original file still has some room around it, consider a fresh crop of the image that allows more of his hair on the left side to show and repositions the subject a bit more to the right and bottom to allow for more visual "air" for him to look into.
Your depth of field choice works well here, but you may want to consider shallower depth of field choices when the subject isn't quite so distant from their background.
You've chosen a great frame here, but when you have a subject like this one, try to make maximum use of the opportunity. I look at the image and I keep wanting to tell the subject to turn a bit more to the light at right. Take your best shot, keep moving and if you can establish rapport with the subject, try to reposition them to make better use of the light that's available.
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