People Photography Photo Critique
beautiful teenager girl
Category: People Photography
Canon EOS 7D
Description: I tried to convay the beauty of the insanse girl...I am shooting in auto although now see all >
I tried to convay the beauty of the insanse girl...I am shooting in auto although now I am going to start learning how to shoot with shutter speed, iso and most important the white balance, very overwelming for me, my lens, canon zoom EF 70-200 1/2.8L
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Good subject, lots of potential.
Great placement of the subject in the frame. The only thing that distracts a bit is the arm/hand.
Eyes look sharp. See note about DOF below.
You mention using shutter speed. This is an example of where aperture would be more important, as the subject isn't moving. I'd try this at f/1.4 (or 2.8) -- whatever is the largest aperture your lens will allow. Exposure looks good, although the color balance feels off..?
The color balance feels "off." It could use some warmth for skin tones. It also looks like you used an on-camera flash, which flattens the face. This would be a great opportunity for off-camera flash, at camera left.
Not sure if you did shoot at f/2.8 or not, but with the subject up against a background, you really want to virtually eliminate DOF (other than the eyes).
Overall a nice shot, but still has a "snapshot" feel. With some fine-tuning this will be a powerful portrait. Focus (no pun intended) on the details to perfect this image.
How to improve your photo
Warm the skin tones up a bit. Try a different WB preset, like "shade" or "flash."
Get your light off the camera axis, whether by using directional ambient, moving the flash off camera to the left, or bouncing the flash from the left. If you get the light coming in from the side then you'll get shaping and contouring of the face, and the shadow to the right/back side will add drama and intensity.
Get the hand out of the way. Being so light, it competes for attention. Remember that the eyes are drawn to the lightest part of an image, and even on the edge of the frame this is right up front.
Don't be afraid to "style" the hair. The wisp going over her right shoulder (at left) is distracting. Pull it down in line with the stripes of her shirt will eliminate the distraction and provide leading lines to her face. :-)
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