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Family Portrait

By Wellspring  
Taken in their lounge so space was limited; Projector screen as a back drop. Did not have space to light back drop.
SB800 and 3ft Umbrella to left near camera and 3ft Reflector on right near subjects.
SB600 with snoot high rear right and pointed at heads - perhaps a little too close for a wide spread.

ISO 200 1/60s f/7.1 40mm

This is my first professional family portrait - the family are pleased with it and recognise that their character/personality has been captured.

I am very interested in finding out ways of making this photograph even more interesting, flattering and artistic.

Many thanks for your comments.

Tags: Portrait Family Portraits and people

Voters: t_downes, haffende,

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t_downes 9 279 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 11:44AM
Nice work

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20 Feb 2009 12:15PM
You have asked for critique so here goes…
I like the composition you have created. The family look relaxed in your company too which is great! I think the image would be nicer with some more colourful clothing?
The image looks to have been shot 1 or 1.5 stops under exposed – this means that the skin tones are incorrect – over saturated and coupled with a warm say 6000 colour balance look a little yellow IMO. There is little detail in the blacks this is a problem especially if these clients would like a large image printed as it will have a large area of blacks lifting the exposure any further reveals the digital noise in the blacks that confirms the original underexposure. The family all have beautiful blue eyes so getting a little more light into them would add some sparkle to the shot.
You have chosen iso 200 at f7.4? by reducing your iso a stop or 2 and opening your aperture you will have less noise in the blacks I think your DOF would still be acceptable for this shot.

Hope this helps
Wellspring 9 86 37 England
22 Feb 2009 8:54PM

Thank you for this in-depth critique - it is exactly what I need.

The aperture was set at the beginning of the session to avoid any overexposure but I think I changed it when I needed a greater depth of focus and I think I neglected to changed the lighting as well.

I will go back to the raw files and see if I can correct the underexposure improving the skin colour and bringing some detail to the black area.

Many thanks again.


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