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Snapshot portrait, my daughter

By Bit_Blurry
Quick snapshot of my daughter, but quite pleased with the way it turned out.
As a complete novice I'm looking to improve my photography and keep getting told to upload pictures for critique, so here we go with my first ever upload Wink
Hopefully all the info needed is below:

f 5.3
1/60 sec
iso 200

As I say I'm looking to improve so please be as harsh/constructive as you wish!

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Portraits and people

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


Forgot to add.

Post processing is "I'm feeling lucky" and a crop in Google's Picasa which is as far as my expertise runs...

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KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
7 Jan 2011 9:18PM
Quick 'snapshots' produce a more natural pose, but the downside can be a cluttered background and no real thought to the composition of the shot.

The background is a little cluttered, so replacing that immediately puts the attention back on the 'star' of the image. I've also given her a few tweaks here and there - using the 'dodge' tool to enliven the right eye a little, and blurring the slight yellow colour near the mouth. I also gave the image a slight sharpen before I saved it.

I hope you like the finished result! Smile
Wow! that really makes a difference, thank you.

Looks as if I'll have to learn to use photoshop/GIMP as well as the camera!


paulbroad Plus
10 123 1217 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2011 5:15PM
This is quite good as you have presented it - so many of the faults we often see from beginners are not here - you have good exposure, sharpness and composition. The background is a little distracting, but I have seen far worse.

I would crop in even closer, possibly taking a little off the hair and at the bottom giving a tight landscape view.

You are off to a good start.

10 Jan 2011 8:25AM
Thanks for your comments Paul, much appreciated.
I've seen a few lovely portraits, cropped hard as you've suggested but I jsut don't have the eye for it. I've tried a few times and it just looks like a bad composition.
I guess that will come with practise.



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