Portrait Photography Photo Critique
by Jose Arias
Category: Portrait Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Description: Took in Tallin (Stonia). I tried to show the history of the town reflected in a glass.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Hello Jose. I think the idea is very good, but the composition and final result is a little confusing. What did you really want to show? The image is a little misteryous, due to the presence of a person behind the glass, and the gothical style letters, but one ends asking oneself what was the real intention and message, if it had one.
Maybe would have been better to have the person or figure behind more in the picture. Its left in a border, and makes the image balance a little strange, as letters are centered. Too much space is left on the right side, to make the compo more balanced.
Image seems to be a little out of focus.
As image is a little unfocused, maybe you should have used a firm base to create it, either tripod or using your arms in a tripod-like position.
Color is not of my taste. Blues domain the image for some reason? Maybe better leaving the original colors, so we get more information about the person behind, the place, etc...
This depends on your creative intention, in my opinion, and its not the main problem of the image.
Good moment and good idea to take a picture, but need more practice and experience to "Catch the right instant" and see the correct composition in a second. Practice gives this, and an education of proportions and observation is also useful. The result gives mistery and makes one ask whats going on in the pic, what is positive, but maybe you need to give a clearer message correcting some of the above, so viewer gets to a conclusion after viewing it.
How to improve your photo
Try another perspective and time of day.
Try cropping vertical, leaving letter B and the person behind algo, can be interesting.
Take care and practice a lot! Thanks!