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Hallway Posing

By heyitshenry
Hello there,
Just wondering what the light and composition is like in this picture of my friends at school. Anything i could potentionally work on later?


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banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
14 Jun 2019 12:46PM
Its looks quite good for f/1.8.

Because of that bright patch of light on the wall behind, to the left, the exposure is a little underdone, so you can brighten it in post processing. Ive done this in mod1.

You can also try a closer crop, mod2. It seems youve got three gingers in one shot!

pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2019 7:30PM
This looks like a quick snapshot, Henry. It's certainly not posed. And there's nothing wrong with that. So more of a candid really.

Willie has demonstrated how to improve the light.

Do you mind having the two girls on the left being blurred? You probably realise that's due to the narrow depth of field that results from the aperture you used. Also, the girl far left is closer to your camera than the others, so is even more blurred.

As to composition, it doesn't look as though you considered it.
Because you're a photography student, and your friends obviously know this and so will be used to you snapping pictures here and there, I would have thought that you could have waited for the one on the left to move so that her face was visible, and/or for the girl far left to move out of the way.

Sometimes it's best to get quick shots of something interesting that is happening, before anyone knows you are going to take a picture. This is the type of picture that has interest and impact, as opposed to people just standing around and chatting.

Also, remember the saying that "less is more" and try to have fewer people in your frame. The people in the background create distractions.

Keep snapping !

pablophotographer 10 2.0k 423
14 Jun 2019 8:49PM
Rather good shot.
I would go for something more cinematic, keep all in the frame but trim from top and bottom of the frame. On the top take all of the reflections out until the wooly hat of the boy on the left is trimmed very slightly and from the bottom trim even a bigger portion horizontally but leave just a bit of cable on the mpbil phone the girl in the middle holds.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1928 England
14 Jun 2019 10:21PM
Do I recognise the girl in the middle from the first shot you posted for critique?

I'll raise something I've said previously, about Shutter priority - it's not generally the best way to go, unless you keep a very close eye on how the exposure looks: I reckon Aperture priority is safer. Here's why.

In Aperture priority, if the light gets dimmer, the shutter speed gets slower and slower - you'll hear that it's long, and you can take steps to deal with this by opening the perture, or raising hte ISO. In shutter priority, when the lens opens up to f/1.8, it can't go any further, and you will then get underexposure, despite applying exposure compensation (as you did here). I think that's why the shot is rather dark.

In fact, you need to raise the ISO a bit, to avoid such extreme apertures, unless you particularly want shallow depth of field. Working at full aperture can be wonderful, but it requires dead-accurate focus, every time. AF will not necessarily get there - it's good, not perfect.

As far as the lighting goes, I'm assuming it's mostly through skylights or from overhead lamps: if that is the case, you've done well, because both tend to leave eyes as dark pits. Overhead lighting is unflattering and boring. Here' you've got a nice soft effect on the faces, which is flattering.

I realise it's winter in New Zealand, but there's a bit of a change in dress from when I was a schoolboy in England - see HERE for soem pictures from a school dance back around 1971.
15 Jun 2019 8:52AM
Thank you all,
I think I was pushing it at F1.8 but I did want the focus to be on the girl in the middle (yes it is the same girl from a previous Critique post, she's a good friend). I will keep my mind on light change from over-exposure on reflective walls. The overhead light from the Sky Light was balanced out slightly due to there being a big door behind me and another door to the left of me and a door show on the far left. I will try use Aperture Priority Setting next week when I do more portraits with my friends, I will turn up the ISO more too to help with the low light in the mornings. The Cropping mod was a good idea but personally I think it takes away some of the Story from the picture and same with the Lightning mod, but thank you anyway.

And Thanks Dudler for the School Dance pictures from 1971, Very cool story.

Henry FGrin
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2019 8:00PM
I rather like this. A good candid. The central girl dominates as the main subject, as she should, and the wide aperture is part of the reason for this her glance is a touch sharp - if looks could kill.

Damn mobile phones!

The thing is, experiment. Digital shooting is free - vary the stings as see what you get.


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