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Portrait of a Ginger Girl

By heyitshenry
Hello, just wondering what the composition is like in this portrait, anything i should look out for when doing more?

Tags: Colour Junior Female portrait Portraits and people

Voters: sparrowhawk, mike9005, MadVillPics and 5 more

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saltireblue Plus
11 12.6k 79 Norway
10 Jun 2019 11:19AM
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banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
10 Jun 2019 1:18PM
Hi Henry.

Welcome to EPZ, and to the Critique Team. You can submit an image for Critique where we will try to give you helpful feedback and suggestions, and we can also upload modifications to show what we mean. No votes or awards in this gallery, just feedback!

I see from your setting that you applied +1.33 exposure correction; this is a good decision, and shows you understand the scene was backlit, and needed that extra light. From the image, we can still see that "ginger" is somewhat underexposed, which suggests you may benefit with having the flash popped up so it adds some fill light, or, in post processing, you can increase the exposure on the subject.

The detail and sharpness in the subject is very good, and the pose and smile appear very natural.

If you click the modification button, you can see the mod Ive done with the added exposure.

I would suggest a closer crop also, - there a lot of empty space above her head you can remove, and some space on the right, while still retaining most of the building which may have significance for the image.

Though shutter priority is rare in a posed portrait shot, - its usually Aperture priority where you want control over depth of field, its still worked out quite well. The fact youve shot at 18mm adds depth at the aperture the camera selected.

So now you know where to find us, - just click the critique wanted box when uploading; there is a limit of I think one a week or one a day depending on your membership level.

Have fun shooting!


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
10 Jun 2019 6:12PM
Greetings, Henry, and welcome from me, too.

You asked about composition, specifically: and it depends...

If it's important to show the girl in context, if hte building behind her is part of the story, that's fine.

If you want a pleasing portrait of her, then I'd suggest a darker, plainer background, and using hte long end of the zoom, so that you separate her from the background more, and throw the background out of focus. I'd also use aperture priority, as you will want to control depth fo field, though you should keep an eye on shutter speed to avoid camera shake. If necessary, raise the ISO setting to 400 or 800.

For a shot like this, I'd be at 55mm, around f/5.6, and using a dark hedge or a plain wall so that hte backgroudn doesn't compete with my subject.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2019 7:35PM
Hello, Henry, and welcome to EPZ.
I don't know how long you have been a photography student, but when I investigated your portfolio, I noticed some very good suggestions that you have made on other pictures.
I hope you will consider submitting pictures to the Critique Gallery and that you will find it helpful.

Even though your subject knows you are taking her picture, she has a nice natural smile and a relaxed attitude. The eye contact engages the viewer, who gives the photo a bit more than a simple glance.

Compositionally, you have her arm resting on the bottom frame edge, and you've cut off one of her hands. Try to include complete limbs if possible, or exclude them altogether. This sort of thing is usually accidental and happens simply because you're concentrating on the subject's face, not the hands. If you make this type of mistake again, you could consider cropping to exclude the clipped limb/s altogether.
This cropping of the image even tighter can take the focus away from the clipped part of your subject and make the image more dynamic.

This isn't a candid shot. The subject knew you were going to take her picture. Therefore, since she was being co-operative, you could have moved her to somewhere where the background was more neutral so that the background didn't contain any distractions.
Taking control of the background can help turn a snapshot into a beautiful photo. One of the key factors that separate the novice photographer from the advanced photographer is the background. There are, of course, lots of factors to be consiered before you take your shot, but one of these should be to take a good look around the viewfinder to make sure everything that's in frame needs to be.
At least you haven't got one of those background trees growing out of her headSmile!

Don't always think that your subject needs to be in the centre of the frame. Offsetting your subject often looks far better. Centralising your subject can make the picture feel dull, static and less interesting. An off-centre subject is more pleasing and dynamic. This, of course, doesn't work for every photo.

10 Jun 2019 10:06PM
Thank you very much guys, I will take everything into consideration Grin

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