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Rules of Engagement

By dathersmith  
Not my usual thing but having been set up by Lesley (my lovely wife) at her friends daughters engagement (Darren will take some pictures of them) I spent a couple of hours last weekend taking some portraits of the newly engaged couple. I must say I enjoyed taking these and thanks go to my friend Roy for lending me his flash and softbox that I used for this shot.

Comments and criticism definitely welcome on this one please.

Oh, and I'm prepared for this to bomb but due to the weather I've not had the camera out so have nothing much else to post at the moment.

Thanks for getting this far.


Tags: Portrait Fashion Couple Wedding and social Engagement Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: Costy, sut68, JohnParminter and 22 more

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Costy 10 483 6 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 12:34PM
The pose is nice, the dark shadows work well. For me, the only change I would have made was to have them dead centre in the frame, but it does work like this, its just a personal opinion. I dont know anything about portraiture neither... just know what my eye likes Smile

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JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
10 Nov 2008 12:41PM
Where's the jetty?
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
10 Nov 2008 12:49PM
Seriously though..I like this. Wouldn't have a clue how to do owt like this so just ignore my comments.
I think the girl is exposed just fab with enough detail in legs, dress, arms and face but with the gadge wareing black troos it looks like someone has chopped him off below his belt. The only other slight missmatch is their height difference and that he is stooping away from the girl he wants to marry, although he looks happy enough. He could have held his stomach in as well but that would have made him taller. Wink
Really good effort though in my opinion.
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
10 Nov 2008 12:49PM
I quite like this Darren, you've lost some detail in the blacks (as in the trousers), but it works fine for me Smile
User_Removed 10 485 13 England
10 Nov 2008 1:05PM
cracking work mate, wish i could produce something as good as this

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Nov 2008 1:08PM
Not sure about this at all, Darren.
The girl on the left has lost her chest (upper body) area, and the man on the right lost his lower body.
I think you need to be a bit more careful positioning your lighting.
dathersmith 11 559 12 England
10 Nov 2008 1:42PM
Thanks for the honest opinions everyone, just what I wanted.

Quote:Where's the jetty?
LOL When Les told me what she had volunteered me for I said that if one of them lies down like a jetty and the other stands like a tree we might be OK Wink

Tony and Cole, the blacks are deliberate in this one and I quite like the result but as you know portraits are not my usual thing so I appreciate your comments. I do have similar shots with much more detail but was drawn to this one, maybe need to study portraits more to learn what works and what doesn't.

Thanks again.

Amazingwork. I like your play with light. You have used it perfectly. The presentation is also nice.
- Karthik
dathersmith 11 559 12 England
10 Nov 2008 2:52PM
Thank you Karthik.

Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
10 Nov 2008 5:16PM
Always good to try something different. I did. Loved it, ... became a wedding photographer! Smile

Looks like you have a good eye for portraiture. You might try a wedding next. Take the couple to, .... a jetty!!! Smile Smile Smile

Crackin' work mate!

dathersmith 11 559 12 England
10 Nov 2008 5:26PM
Cheers Scotty, I enjoyed it myself and am pleasantly surprised with the results.

Now then, a bride and groom on my favourite jetty would definately make a nice shot. Will bear it in mind.

JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
10 Nov 2008 5:54PM
You wouldn't want to ruin their best day of their life though would you Darren..Wink
dathersmith 11 559 12 England
10 Nov 2008 6:10PM
They'd just have to be prepared to stand there and wait for the right light John, possibly returning another day Wink

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
11 Nov 2008 2:28PM
Really love how you did the portrait of them..
DannyLenihan 10 213 19 England
14 Nov 2008 11:03AM
Very nice. As a rule of thumb I'd have swapped them over so that the girl was fully lit, accentuating her beauty, and the guy was in half shadow, adding to his mystery, or put an extra fill light on the left. The other alternative, wish is always a favourite, is to have a rear light aimed at the back of the subject to create a little separation from the backdrop. It would have saved the trousers...

Just a personal opinion, but aside from that I love the shot - well composed and pin sharp. Good colours too.

dathersmith 11 559 12 England
14 Nov 2008 11:23AM
Thanks a lot for your advice Danny, I like your thinking with swapping them over. Also never thought of a rear light at the back, all things to bear in mind for next time. Will have to wait a while though as I've had to give the lights back but now intend to get some of my own.

Thanks again.

DannyLenihan 10 213 19 England
17 Nov 2008 6:29PM
Call me before you get your own - I make studio lighting... Will send you a link via PM.


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