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I have used colour popping in this snap. Would it be better if I had kept the boy in the middle of the frame or it just looks nice in this position as well?? What else adjustment and editing could have been done to make it look better??

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Lens:5.0 - 100.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 27.6 - 552.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Feb 2011 - 10:22 AM
Focal Length:19.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Kid...
Username:Dibyajit Dibyajit
Uploaded:2 Oct 2012 - 4:12 PM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1596 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 9:37 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice work with the colour popping, Dibyajit, and I think it works well on this image.
It's gratifying that you are considering if the boy looks alright in this position because it means that you are thinking about your composition and wondering if he should be standing elsewhere in the frame.
In this position, on the right side, it would have been fine if he were facing to the left. However, he is facing to the right, which is outside the frame. He needs to be positioned with space in the area into which he is looking or facing, so that he is looking into the picture, not outside of it. You suggest putting him in the middle, which would have been better, but I think he needs to be on the left side, in the left third.
As a general rule, if you photograph a person who is looking off in one direction, you should position them to one side of your shot so their head is pointing in the direction they are looking. This makes the shot more compositionally pleasing and it also helps guide the viewer’s eye through the image, in the direction your subject is looking. The space also gives the viewer a chance to wonder what is outside of the frame.
The Rule Of Thirds is a technique taught first to photography students and is so commonly used in photography that many cameras have it marked out in the viewfinder or on the screen. It involves dividing a picture into three equal parts horizontally and three equal parts vertically. But remember, while the rule of thirds is a quicky method of getting an acceptable composition, it may not always be the best method for your subject, but just getting your main subject out of the center of the picture usually provides a better image.
I would like to have seen a little more space at the bottom, beneath the boy's feet, and because the top of the building is quite attractive, I feel that a vertical format at the time of shooting might have suited this better.
I have done a modification where I drastically altered things, placing the boy to the left and eliminating some bits from the background, to show you what I mean. See what you think. I hope you approve.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 2 Oct 2012 - 9:39 PM

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 11:54 PM

Personally, I think the selective colour is irrelevant in this picture. The child is the subject anyway, so you don't need the colour to draw attention to him. Our eyes naturally seek human forms, geometric shapes and 'order' in a picture.

As Pamela says, staring out of frame will guide your eyes to do the same, so conventionally it's better to have the subject look into, not out of, the frame....see the mod for the different feel it gives.

The picture could also work without the boy, by cropping next to him.

Nick

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Dibyajit
Dibyajit  2 India
3 Oct 2012 - 6:22 AM


Quote: I have done a modification where I drastically altered things, placing the boy to the left and eliminating some bits from the background, to show you what I mean. See what you think. I hope you approve.

I guess in the mod you just wanted to tell that the subject must look into the frame and not outside. I could have done by keeping the boy in the left but the other side of the boy there wasn't a good composition. I thought with this house it would be an interesting composition. But does that mean in every case like this the subject has to look outside into the frame and not outside?? (as in this snap I believe the boy is although the main subject but not the only as in case of any other portrait photography)

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Dibyajit
Dibyajit  2 India
3 Oct 2012 - 6:27 AM


Quote: Personally, I think the selective colour is irrelevant in this picture. The child is the subject anyway, so you don't need the colour to draw attention to him. Our eyes naturally seek human forms, geometric shapes and 'order' in a picture.

The child is no doubt the main subject but not the only one as I wanted the little house to be part of it as well, which to me gave more beauty to the snap. And I have used colour popping to give a bit more attention to my main subject, which I thought would look even better.

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 1:05 PM


Quote: But does that mean in every case like this the subject has to look outside into the frame and not outside??

No rules are ever cast in stone, but if you look at the mod you surely can see the improvement that the shift makes! The rule should not be used for rules sake, but following it will mostly give you improved viewability and I do hope that you can see that.

For that reason I thoroughly recomment the critique given by Pamela and Nick.

Frank

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1596 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 5:30 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: guess in the mod you just wanted to tell that the subject must look into the frame and not outside. I could have done by keeping the boy in the left but the other side of the boy there wasn't a good composition. I thought with this house it would be an interesting composition. But does that mean in every case like this the subject has to look outside into the frame and not outside?? (as in this snap I believe the boy is although the main subject but not the only as in case of any other portrait photography)

I understand what you are saying, Dibyajit, and I do like the fact that you have included interesting aspects of the house.
Since you had very little choice, your image is very good as it stands.
I was just pointing out that there are rules which can be very useful to you when composing an image, but if the rules have to be broken, in a case like this, then you have to go with what is in front of you.
But you did ask about the boy's positioning, and I hope the response has been of some help to you.
Frank has answered your question, rules are there to be broken, but it's a good idea to learn about them first.
If you continue to produce good images like this, you won't go far wrong.
Pamela.

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