Nia.
by: © sharae
7.6
Overall
Rating
7
General
impression
8
Subject
of photo
6
Composition
& Perspective
8
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
7
Depth
of field
8
Color &
Lighting
9
Focus
General
impression
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.
7/10
Subject
of photo
Hi Sharae! Nice snapshot of your friend Nia. Great expression and smile.
8/10
Composition
& perspective
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.
6/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
The exposure, settings and camera use all look to be appropriate and used correctly.
8/10
Depth
of field
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 :)
7/10
Color &
Lighting
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.
8/10
Focus
The subject is sharp and in focus, and the background is blurred out enough that she is the center of attention.
9/10
Description
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.
Technical Details

Canon Rebel T2i

Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
F-stop: F4
ISO: 400
Flash: None
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Diana Miller
20 Years
United States
People
11 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Always be aware of your background as you want the viewer eye's to rest on Nia, not bounce around the image.
4.
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!
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