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By millymcb
Hello ,

Grateful for any feedback you can give me. I realise the light to the left of the picture is a little harsh on his face, I have tried to soften this in photo shop.

I feel like I'm stuck in a rut with my photography at the moment. I want to improve more both in terms of technique, (exposure, sharpness) and creativity, (whilst mostly photographing children).

Thanks in advance


Tags: Leaves Autumn Boy Portraits and people

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luckybry 11 3 Scotland
21 May 2011 9:03AM
Personlly i think you have this bang on the money like how the light is hitting his face on one side makes it a very natural image and not like it has been set up only one thing if i may say the crop seems a bit tight would have prefered to see more foilage on the bottom part of the image just my opinion though but a very nice image
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4202 Canada
21 May 2011 1:05PM
Use a fill flash for a shot like this Emma, as his face is relatively in shade due to the direction of the sun. You can lighten the face quite easily in Photoshop- as in the mod.

Ive cropped a little space from the left also.

The shot otherwise is an attractive one, and its composed nicely, focus and sharpness are good.

There is perhaps a slight bias towards red in the skin tones, which Ive modified on the upload, - I find this is common with Canon. I used colour balance to increase Cyan and Yellow to compensate.You have a fast ens which will be very useful with shooting kids pics.

Hope this is helpful,


pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
21 May 2011 5:41PM
Hello, Milly. This is a fine portrait, one you should be proud of, the light is good and gives a lovely shine to his curly locks. Some good advice above, and I particularly agree about having some more leaves in the bottom of the frame. So I thought I would get a little more picky. I find the child's clothing a little distracting, particularly the yellow lines on his top. If you are asked to photograph someone else's child, you may not have the option of requesting plain clothing, but if the child is your own, you could certainly give it some thought. The grey is fine, it's just the fussy bits. I've done a modification using Willie's mod, as it's so very good, just removing the yellows and blues, to see what you think. I also cloned out the bit of leg that is showing just above his elbow, the bright bit of white on top of his right ear, and the white underneath his arm that is the sunlight on his clothing.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 7:23AM
This is nicely done in many ways. You have taken the trouble to get down to the child's level with a dramatic composition, although I would prefer the head on the left. You need a touch of light in his face - either a tiny burst of flash fill, or a reflector on the ground in front of him - a white hanky would reflect a bit of light into his face. (Out of shot of course!)


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