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Tilly and the warm cuddle

By marcsneddon
Please critique my photo. It was taken on an iphone6 as I sold my Nikon camera. I am missing the Nikon though!

This was taken at a friends house and is my daughter cuddling a pet rabbit.

I don't know about anyone else, but I really struggled getting acceptable tonal quality. I guess this is the limitation of a camera phone.

Tags: Children playing Portraits and people


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
8 May 2016 7:53AM
Basically, yes. The camera phone has limitations. I have printed A3 from my daughter in Laws's i-phone with excellent results but only from evenly lit images. This is a nice family shot, but the range of light intensity has beaten the sensors ability to record detail in the highlights.

However, this would also happen with any camera on auto. The range is just too great. Female Emperor Dragonfly.You need to expose for the highlights and use the flash to fill in the shadows. Might be possible with a phone but I suspect the flash is very weak.


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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
8 May 2016 12:17PM
Don't ask me where the Female Emperor Dragonfly bit came from. Was also titling video clips and that was in there. Funny things, computers!

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2089 United Kingdom
8 May 2016 8:30PM
It's a happy moment captured, Marc, but what a pity you couldn't get the rabbit's face in the frame as well. That would have been very special, and the viewer could appreciate your daughter's happiness at cuddlng the rabbit far more readily. As the image stands, it could just be a toy or a cushion.

The light coming in from the window behind your daughter has had the effect of overexposing her blonde hair.

In my modification I cropped the top and cloned in some more hair. I also made her black and white spotted sleeve into the same pattern as her coat because it was a distraction.
I brightened the image, reduced highlights, lifted shadows and adjusted Levels slightly, then removed a few stray crumbs from around her mouth, added another catchlight to the right eye, and sharpened just the eyes.


dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
10 May 2016 3:23PM
Have you posted in the Critique Gallery before, Marc? I think possibly not - so a big welcome!

Composoing this so that the bright highlights on the left weren't part, but the rabbit was would have made this perfect. It's not bad, but losing the blown highlights as well as getting the rabbit in would have made it an absolute winner.

I'd be missing a camera if I had to shoot with a 'phone - but be positive: this is sharp and decently exposed, so there's nothing wrong with the results you can get. And not having a separate photobox means you can shoot anywhere, anytime. Go with the flow...

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