People Photography Photo Critique
Contemplation - by Michelle Rutten
by Michelle Rutten
Category: People Photography
Olympus SP-560 UZ
Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Description: This is one of the first pictures I took when I bought my camera a few years ago. I see all >
This is one of the first pictures I took when I bought my camera a few years ago. I enjoy taking photos in my spare time and find taking photos of people and their emotions very interesting and satisfying.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
That's a beautiful child!
I love the tight and off-center composition. There are no distracting elements in the frame, you are drawn right into the child's face.
Nice, sharp focus on the face and eyes. Couldn't be better.
Good exposure, no movement blur or softness, nice use of depth of field.
Bright sunlight can often be harsh, but the shadows are brought up nicely and most of the highlights aren't blown out. I like the black and white tones as well. Nice!
Perfect focus on the face, no background detail to distract. Well done.
A beautiful photo. I hope you made enlargements and framed 'em!
How to improve your photo
You've lost all highlight detail in your subjects' forearm, which I find mildly distracting. Perhaps if you had burned that in or darkened it in your software just enough so that it wasn't the brightest area in the photo. A graduated filter adjustment in Lightroom, PhotoShop Camera RAW or other software would have done nicely.
Perhaps the use of a moderate telephoto lens (70mm, 85mm) would have enhanced the perspective slightly, although, I don't have any issues with your lens choice as it is.
If you had you opportunity, you might have asked the subject to lift her chin up over the other arm in order to get her chin in. Burning that forearm down as previously mentioned may be equally effective. Again, minor quibbles.
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