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NickParry 12 1.0k 79 Wales
1 Jun 2008 12:29PM
Having looked at your portfolio, this isn't necessarily your best shot, but I hope you will accept my critique as helpful and constructive.

Firstly I don't think it flatters the subject. The facial expression is a little strained, and although a shot with a glass of bubbly is good in wedding shots, I think it is a distraction in this.

Also, the detail surrounding the subject, with its harsh black and distracting shapes on the right of the image, is again not sympathetic to the shot.

It is also lacking in a little sharpness, but I think you have tried to soften the image in places, but at the detriment to some areas that need to be sharper.

I think the image would suit a portrait crop, which would eliminate the left and right of the image.

I hope you don't mind my critique of the image, but I aim to be honest, helpful and constructive.


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culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2008 2:42PM
For me this is one of those shots that you probably cant rescue. The issue is the mix of light and dark backgrounds and the placement of the figure in relation to this. It stands out as being distracting to be honest.

The shot does improve by cropping the distracting OOF (out of focus) element on the right of the shot but the background combined with the expression of the bride make this a no-no for me.

One of the main factors with shots such as this (drinking/bride) is that the shot has to focus the attention on the bride and the facial expression has to be light and open. That means either perfect timing or firing off a few shots machine gun style or alternatively posing the shot to get the best result.

Soft focus and playing with the DOF are all well and good but you have to have the right shot, with the right pose originally to pull it off.

Hope that helps.


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