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Portrait of my friend and her little boy

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Nov 2012 - 1:22 PM
Focal Length:32mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/4.8
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Vikki and James
Username:Alda Alda
Uploaded:12 Dec 2012 - 1:59 AM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Portraits / people
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pablophotographer
16 Dec 2012 - 6:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi, I think that the blacks are overpowering, it may be due to the manipulation. I tried to tilt the screen in case I may have not been seeing theis right, (colour vividenss changes when you tilt the screen making the understanding of a picture colour a guessing job rather) but I had no better results. You have done well using 400 iso, it is faster than the "normal" 100iso used for portraits (in the film era); children are difficult subjects, when they are very young to undertand and follow instructions. Your subjects are bang in the middle and some may criticize this, preferring the sunjescts to be on 1/3 of the frame somewhare (the rule of the thirds as it is called; RoT for short). I think you could have asked your friend to look where he son looks and probably point to him something; exchange some space from the right to some space athe left and provide a picture of parental guidance in life allegory Smile

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2012 - 7:03 PM

Thanks for that Pablo Grin. It was my first ever photoshoot, and this is one of a series of photos I took of my friend and her children. This particular one was more for playing with Photoshop effects than anything else. I think it's a Marmite kind of pic - you either love it or hate it Smile. I am going to be doing some fine art nudes, and hopefully those will be better.

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pablophotographer

Hi Alda, thanks for the constructive critique nomination. I didn't say I hated the picture, I find that the affinity your friend has with you shined in the frame. I can accept it as a "posed candid" I am sure her son has not got the faintest idea of what I am talking about nor the interest, lol. But it is exactly the child's age that affected his participation in this shot, that is why I suggested to take the clues from him and go about shooting. Sometimes you can have a help with someone holding a toy or attracting the child's interst to the lens. I have seen here a colorful soft fabric cover for the cameras, resembling teh face of an animal so children stare at it and you keep snaping happily.

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