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Quick snapshot of my daughter, but quite pleased with the way it turned out.
As a complete novice I'm looking to improve my photography and keep getting told to upload pictures for critique, so here we go with my first ever upload Wink
Hopefully all the info needed is below:

f 5.3
1/60 sec
iso 200

As I say I'm looking to improve so please be as harsh/constructive as you wish!

Thanks for looking,

Chris

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Kit lens 18-55mm @ 45mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Snapshot portrait, my daughter
Username:Bit_Blurry Bit_Blurry
Uploaded:7 Jan 2011 - 7:16 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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Bit_Blurry
Bit_Blurry e2 Member 479 forum postsBit_Blurry vcard United Kingdom
7 Jan 2011 - 7:19 PM

Forgot to add.

Post processing is "I'm feeling lucky" and a crop in Google's Picasa which is as far as my expertise runs...

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84360 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2011 - 9:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Quick 'snapshots' produce a more natural pose, but the downside can be a cluttered background and no real thought to the composition of the shot.

The background is a little cluttered, so replacing that immediately puts the attention back on the 'star' of the image. I've also given her a few tweaks here and there - using the 'dodge' tool to enliven the right eye a little, and blurring the slight yellow colour near the mouth. I also gave the image a slight sharpen before I saved it.

I hope you like the finished result! Smile

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Bit_Blurry
Bit_Blurry e2 Member 479 forum postsBit_Blurry vcard United Kingdom
8 Jan 2011 - 7:00 AM

Wow! that really makes a difference, thank you.

Looks as if I'll have to learn to use photoshop/GIMP as well as the camera!

Cheers,

Chris

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paulbroad e2 Member 793 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 5:15 PM

This is quite good as you have presented it - so many of the faults we often see from beginners are not here - you have good exposure, sharpness and composition. The background is a little distracting, but I have seen far worse.

I would crop in even closer, possibly taking a little off the hair and at the bottom giving a tight landscape view.

You are off to a good start.

paul

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Bit_Blurry
Bit_Blurry e2 Member 479 forum postsBit_Blurry vcard United Kingdom
10 Jan 2011 - 8:25 AM

Thanks for your comments Paul, much appreciated.
I've seen a few lovely portraits, cropped hard as you've suggested but I jsut don't have the eye for it. I've tried a few times and it just looks like a bad composition.
I guess that will come with practise.

cheers,

Chris

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