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Children as young as this don't take instructions very well, but any advice you can provide in improving this capture would be most welcome.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Oct 2012 - 1:00 PM
Focal Length:73mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Shade
Title:Twin Treats!
Username:Gemonster Gemonster
Uploaded:9 Nov 2012 - 9:00 PM
Tags:General, Portraits / people, Twins
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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 10:28 PM

So cute & Lovely.

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debu
debu e2 Member 4debu vcard India
9 Nov 2012 - 11:37 PM

Lovely image.
debu

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Gemonster
Gemonster  1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 - 11:42 PM

Gentlemen, a critique would be valuable please!

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andy p
andy p  10
10 Nov 2012 - 12:15 AM

Hard enough to get one but you got two with great eye contact. Nice capture.

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 8:38 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi
You have been told it's a lovely capture.
You have asked twice for a critique. I'm a flower photographer, not child, but it's all to do with light and focus.
The red bit behind the boys head are a major distraction. They should be cloned out. Both children's hair is fairish so next time use a dark plain backdrop. Again the motif on the boys sweat shirt is distracting.
The lighting has resulted in patchy light/darker areas on their faces, this is not attractive. portraits of children and women generally need softer even lighting, just a little more from one side to model their features . Craggy men need shadows.
Lighting (natural window light?) is ok, good often, but here mostly from one side, their left eyes are both a little shadowed. A simple reflector would lighten the darker side,
Position of the children looks good, all their eyes are more or less equal distance from the camera and in focus, which is very important.
You used a very high ISO because of the low light, this was needed but remember quality will suffer and you may want to get a big print done if you got a really good shot. Think about brighter natural light, brighter window with net curtain to defuse, maybe children facing light more or reflector.
Hope you get some more advice,
Ian

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 11:09 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A pleasing upload, personally I am a little disturbed by the young lady being so low down in the frame, almost insignificant in appearance. Perhaps a much looser crop where she can have a little more of her body within the frame to better balance the young man who has an obvious dominance.

Your logo is also a nuisance being on her shoulder just below her chin and in my opinion, would be better omitted as it serves no purpose and is easily removed.

I can see you needed a high ISO and appear reluctant to stop down a little because of the lack of sufficient available light, but the boy's badge is not in focus (I don't know if you wanted it that way) so to get better DoF and better lens performance, I would like to suggest stopping down by one stop.

Full DoF possible could have been achieved here by manually focusing 1/3 the way into the image, thereby also having 2/3 beyond, but the setting is critical and kids can move about a little.

I hope that satisfies your request for critique. Other more experienced portrait photographers will no doubt help out more later.

Frank

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2840 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 12:20 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to Ephotozine Paresh.

The original of this image likely looks better than it does here. This is quite soft. When images are re sized for uploading to the web, the compression process can often cause loss of detail. So, this is the process: set ppi = 72; set dimensions; save as new file and adjust file size for site requirements;then open the new file; check it for sharpness; apply sharpening as needed; save, and only then upload.

Next, composition does leave the girl a little too low. Youve arranged them to have the faces in the same plane, which is good, so perhaps using a slightly shorter focal length would have allowed a better composition. I see you manually selected white balance, which is also good, - usually works better than auto.

The arrangement of the faces appears to have them unevenly lit, with the girl receiving more light, so in post processing, its not difficult to even this out if you are familiar with adjustment layers and masking in Photoshop.

Ian has mentioned the red behind them, and the colour red is very dominant in any scene, not only here, and attracts immediate attention in an image. You can also reduce the saturation and brightness here quite easily.

I have uploaded a mod, - if you scroll up and click the modifications tabe you will see it. Its cropped simply to give the impression the girl is higher, and Ive added a frame to offset this. Ive adjusted the items Ive mentioned, and since the eyes dont have clearly visible catch lights, I have enhanced the existing.


I hope you find this helpful, and do enjoy the site. Even on a critique shot like this you will often have members leave comments when they like a shot, - but someone will always be along to provide critique.


Regards



Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 8:17 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A nice image and I like the composition. The light level must have been very low indeed for ISO1600 and that shows. The colours are a bit muted and the effect is a slight flatness due to the high ISO. Sharpness is on the soft side but OK for kids at this size. Might not be so larger though.

Possibly just add a little brightness and contrast.

Paul

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