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this was a quick snapshot of my daughter, i like to take snapshots instead of posed,

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jan 2012 - 1:18 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/4.8
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:3200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:Jessica
Username:pjplant pjplant
Uploaded:4 Feb 2013 - 11:02 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 5:41 PM

Decent portrait. I would crop top and left to move her head to the left. Cropping off some hair is not a problem. ISO3200 and flash? One or the other. No point using a high ISO and flash in this situation. A much lower ISO would be better for quality.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2800 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 6:10 PM

these type of candid can often be the best. You can tell its "snapped" with the settings. Does look better with a crop. The high ISO hasnt made a lot of difference.

Loaded a mod cropped, a few blemishes removed, and a slight tonal change.


Hope this works for you.



regards



Willie

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pjplant
pjplant  5 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 - 7:04 PM

hi there paul and willie, thanks for the advice, the mod is good and the crop is more of a modern look and gets rid of a lot of the background which is unnecessary, thanks guys





pete

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 12:01 PM

The crop is made all the better by the use of body language in determining where the crop should take place. You will notice that she is now placed to the left and looking right which makes it more acceptable to the viewer. Now it looks a really nice shot.

Personally I would prefer to be at eye level here but as it is a 'snap' then fine. Your ISO is gradually going up in your uploads from no mention to 110 and 250, 360 and now 3200. Try to keep this as low as possible if you want quality results.

Frank

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dudler Critique Team 1092 forum postsdudler vcard England261 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 2:53 PM

I tend to avoid using on-camera flash. With the excellent high-ISO perofrmance that your camera has, you need never (well - hardly ever) use flash. This allows you to catch a really natural result. Certainly, as Paul says, you don't need high ISO AND flash.

Willie's crop is good - apart from anything else, it moves your attractive daughter from the centre of the frame. Convention is not always right, but it's usually good to place the main interest (often eyes in a portrait) a third of the way from the side, and a third from either the top or bottom of the frame.

Finally, camera position. Whether you shoot level, looking down or looking up affects the result in terms of the psychological effect, as well as perspective. Thsi is a Dad's shot of a daughter: you are taller, bigger, responsible for her. Shooting level woudl give a friend's view. Getting down to the same eye level as your subject can be very powerful - it's the opposite of the boss who insists on having hte highest chair at the conference table!

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pjplant
pjplant  5 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 - 9:05 PM

hi dudler, sorry i didnt reply earlier, i have been getting a bit over excited getting a photo a day on the website,
thanks for your info, i am trying to get better and getting to grips properly with my camera, i think it is going to take me quite a while!
i am recieving some very good advice on ephotozine, i just need to put it into practice.
thanks

pete

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