Portrait Photography Photo Critique
Father and son
by Marco Chavez
Category: Portrait Photography
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
I always go with my very first impression. This one caught me as stunning!
I see both as the best of the best. Neither higher nor lower would not have worked as well. It is very well balanced and engaging.
From what I can tell from the size on my monitor (30in ) it looks very well focused
I can't tell what speed, ISO or type of lights were used but do notice you used no tripod which I find interesting for such a complexly lighted shot.
I find the lighting to be very good, I particularly like the light on the mans back which created a near third dimension to the image which is not usually found in "natural light" shots. I seem to see a "Hard" light from the left side and a "Soft" light, possibly a small soft box slightly to the right. The lighting works very well for this type of intimate portrait.
I don't know what aperture you used but your choice gave adequate DOF for this shot.
Again, I LOVE this shot, it is unusual to sense the intimacy in a male shot of this type with a baby, I find it charming and a genre way overdue and beautifully done.
How to improve your photo
I actually see no way to improve with the possible exception of my rule of using a tripod in the studio, but that's just me!
I would explore this basic style for pregnancy portraits etc. It would work very well for that also.
I don't know if you did much, if any post editing, but I do like the small foot in the lower shadow without it falling in deep shadow, It displays an expertise in what you did.
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