Portrait Photography Photo Critique
Category: Portrait Photography
Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Description: Firstly,I snapped a photo of a friend while she was laughing and told her to repeat t see all >
Firstly,I snapped a photo of a friend while she was laughing and told her to repeat the same facial gestures. It was just a photo for fun, but I quite like it now.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Hi Sharae! Nice snapshot of your friend Nia. Great expression and smile.
The composition is too tight in my opinion. I am not against tight cropping or cropping off the top of the head, but I think it is too much. There are some nice diagonal lines from her chin up her nose to her forehead, as well and crossing from her shoulder across her nose to her right eye. Nice head tilt as well.
The subject is sharp and in focus, and the background is blurred out enough that she is the center of attention.
The exposure, settings and camera use all look to be appropriate and used correctly.
The skin tones look correct and the lighting on her face is bright and with enough contrast. You say there was no flash, but something is giving her the catch lights in her eyes, which is what you want. The bright window next to her face is the most distracting thing in the portrait, then the other person in background is as well. You might want to consider increasing your shutter speed or using a lower ISO so the background goes darker if you have no other choice, i.e. move to the left of move your subject to a more neutral background.
Your DOF is fine on the subject. I'm glad the person in the background is out of focus, but even more blurred out would have been nice, either by using a longer lens or opening up your aperature (if you can :)
Sharae I like the snapshot very much. Great expression, nice leading lines, good skin tone, nice light in the eyes, background is out of focus and you did some different cropping on the image which gives it more impact.
How to improve your photo
I would give Nia some more room at the top of her head. It is just too tightly cropped to qualify as a portrait, which is why I refer to it as a snapshot or a candid.
When you look at the image and squint down, your eye goes to the point of greatest contrast, which is the window next to her face. You could also try moving to the left to (maybe) give yourself a plainer background, or move her to your right or maybe have her squat down and shoot down on her with the floor around her.
Always be aware of your background as you want the viewer eye's to rest on Nia, not bounce around the image.
Try moving Nia right behind the window so that provides the main light for her face. It would produce a nice soft light and make your background go darker as well. Good luck and keep up the great work!
Get feedback on your photos from Pro Diana Miller