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This was a spur of the moment shot of my son during a break in a play, It was taken some time ago so i`m a little sketchy on the setting other than, camera an lens, I was just trying to capture the brightness of the uniform.
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not sure what in camera settings you could have changed to improve this as the shot itself seems ok, nice colours and the soldier is well exposed. takin snapshots always leaves things that you don't see at the time, the only thing i find distracting here is the table to his left, very bright and takes attention away from him. had a quick go at darkening it, nomy quick so its slightly patchy but if you did it with a bit of care it may improve....
nice shot of the moment though
On the plus side there's a good expression, nice colour rendition and shallow depth of field so the background is out of focus. On the minus side the background is still distracting and competes with your model. Al has mentioned the burnt out area on the left but having a dark area on the right means that the top part of the cap has disappeared. I'd have tried to pose him against a plain background; or if your photoshop skills are up to it make a selection of your model and copy/paste to a new background.
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This is a nice, fun portrait that makes you smile. He has a nice expression and the catchlights in his eyes bring the face to life.
There are a couple of small issues. As has been remarked, the background is rather distracting. As has been said, it's good that it's out of focus and toning it down would make it less noticeable. Since the right-hand side is a solid region of black, I've taken the approach of painting the whole background with that shade for my mod.
It's a pity that he's not quite looking at the camera. Eye-contact isn't essential but the photo would be stronger if he were either looking directly into the camera (and, hence, establishing eye contact with the viewer) or obviously looking away. Here, he seems to be looking at something over your shoulder, neither directly at you nor really looking away. Talking to the person you're photographing will usually get them to look directly at you, while avoiding the forced look that results from just telling them to look into the camera.
Thanks for all your comments, I was attemting to capture him in the moment and felt distracting him would give the picture to posed a feel but I think I may have misjudged it, all of your comments have been very helpful.
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