Photojournalism Photo Critique
by Anastasia Vamianakis
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Description: This shot i captured while the Priest was reading from the bible for Nicholas to be c see all >
This shot i captured while the Priest was reading from the bible for Nicholas to be christened Greek Orthodox style. Here he was looking at the Priest intensely as he was reading while he was in his mother's arms.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
As I've said many times before... love portraits!
The perspective is fine but the composition steals focus from your subject. I would have liked a closer crop with less from the left and the top so that the image is still framed but leads to the subject with more emphasis.
The image is underexposed and loses a lot of important contrast. Your speed is pretty borderline so that's fair enough but you could have raised your ISO rating a little to make up the exposure.
The lighting is the church lighting and I prefer that a million times to head on flash lighting. It really catches the atmosphere better. But perhaps waiting until the mother moved the child a bit more into the light would have worked better. Regardless of that I disagree with the sepia monochrome. B&W would be a lot more powerful!
Works very well.
Hey Anastasia! On the whole I like the image but it could be a lot stronger if it was cropped and more focused on the child's look and if it had more contrast! If you have a good shot, don't be afraid to open it on photoshop and see what changes you could make and how they look. This trains your eye for shooting too. Overall a good shot. Kalo Dekapentaugousto!
How to improve your photo
Think about your point of focus! Then crop your shot to emphasise this. Even if you have to do it later in photoshop it's still worth doing.
Try B&W. Sepia is better suited to pictures with less contrast, where you want to give a more worn out look. Frankly it always reminds me of old photos so I avoid it most of the time unless the subject matter really supports it. In this case B&W would have made for a much more dynamic image. Give it a try!
Try colour! It is very hard to know when to prefer monochrome over colour. So it's always safer to shoot in colour and then switch to B&W on photoshop while you learn! Especially in this instance, Orthodox churches offer a lot of beautiful colours in the background, so with the right lighting, this image could be equally and perhaps even more powerful in colour. Keep shooting!
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