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Vikki and James

By Alda
Portrait of my friend and her little boy

Tags: Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

Voters: gwynn56, noreflection, morpheus1955 and 1 more

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pablophotographer 6 936 334
16 Dec 2012 6:56PM
Hi, I think that the blacks are overpowering, it may be due to the manipulation. I tried to tilt the screen in case I may have not been seeing theis right, (colour vividenss changes when you tilt the screen making the understanding of a picture colour a guessing job rather) but I had no better results. You have done well using 400 iso, it is faster than the "normal" 100iso used for portraits (in the film era); children are difficult subjects, when they are very young to undertand and follow instructions. Your subjects are bang in the middle and some may criticize this, preferring the sunjescts to be on 1/3 of the frame somewhare (the rule of the thirds as it is called; RoT for short). I think you could have asked your friend to look where he son looks and probably point to him something; exchange some space from the right to some space athe left and provide a picture of parental guidance in life allegory Smile

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Alda 5 70 30 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 7:03PM
Thanks for that Pablo Grin. It was my first ever photoshoot, and this is one of a series of photos I took of my friend and her children. This particular one was more for playing with Photoshop effects than anything else. I think it's a Marmite kind of pic - you either love it or hate it Smile. I am going to be doing some fine art nudes, and hopefully those will be better.
pablophotographer 6 936 334
17 Dec 2012 1:03AM
Hi Alda, thanks for the constructive critique nomination. I didn't say I hated the picture, I find that the affinity your friend has with you shined in the frame. I can accept it as a "posed candid" I am sure her son has not got the faintest idea of what I am talking about nor the interest, lol. But it is exactly the child's age that affected his participation in this shot, that is why I suggested to take the clues from him and go about shooting. Sometimes you can have a help with someone holding a toy or attracting the child's interst to the lens. I have seen here a colorful soft fabric cover for the cameras, resembling teh face of an animal so children stare at it and you keep snaping happily.

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