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By shydallah
night portrait[people]
critique-focus compossition and expossure.

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digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 1:34PM
Focus appears sharp on the eyes, which is where you want it on a portrait like this. Exposure is good. I think it would be worth cloning out the lights and possibly cropping some of the space from the right.

If you are planning to do more try getting some where the background is not quite black, a little out of focus detail would give texture and interest. You can do that by playing around with flash fill mode and exposure compensation (or manual settings) to under expose the background and pop your subject.

Hope this helps.


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pablophotographer 6 931 333
14 Apr 2012 3:57PM
Hello Shydallah.

I shall describe you what I see first before I suggest something.

I see in your picture the head of a man with no expression in his face other than a stare, (like starting getting angry). He is wearing a white shirt. He is shot at night. There are some light reflections at the back.

Does it make sense as a composition to you? How did the man photographed responded to your picture? What did he say?

Before all the technical things mentioned above, ask yourself: What do I want to show with this picture? Can I put something in front of the person which shows others what the man is doing? Imagine you are photographing a snake charmer, wouldn't you take a picture of his music instrument? Wouldn't you include the snake looking at him? Think what the foreground can tell you, Is this man serving food? Show him holding a hot plate sizzling. Sometimes information about the person can be behind them. Is he a reporter? I would love to see the newspapers presses behind him printing tomorrow's newspaper as you take your picture. I have seen some other portraits with people being photographed in their garden. Show some of the flowers of the garden too or fruits hanging from the trees. I have just seen pictures of a member here his name is ajtorres, he is from Argentina. Have a look at his pictures, I think you will find them beautiful. Think what makes them nice and ask yourself, what is this person doing different than me?

Remember this phrase: "babies speak because they have listened". Good luck Shydallah. May you be blessed.
pablophotographer 6 931 333
14 Apr 2012 4:01PM

There you go Shydallah, here is one of his pictures, see all of his work to appreciate it.
pablophotographer 6 931 333
14 Apr 2012 5:45PM
Another example here

little corn seller by harrymuhammad in Indonesia. Creative use of foreground corns and background (Notice the scale on the left side).

I mentioned before about your portraits in the gardens, if it is their gardens they take care of put them in the image to increase their pride and their gratitude to you.

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