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By probie
this was a quick snapshot of my daughter, i like to take snapshots instead of posed,

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 5:41PM
Decent portrait. I would crop top and left to move her head to the left. Cropping off some hair is not a problem. ISO3200 and flash? One or the other. No point using a high ISO and flash in this situation. A much lower ISO would be better for quality.


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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
4 Feb 2013 6:10PM
these type of candid can often be the best. You can tell its "snapped" with the settings. Does look better with a crop. The high ISO hasnt made a lot of difference.

Loaded a mod cropped, a few blemishes removed, and a slight tonal change.

Hope this works for you.


probie 9 22 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 7:04PM
hi there paul and willie, thanks for the advice, the mod is good and the crop is more of a modern look and gets rid of a lot of the background which is unnecessary, thanks guys

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 12:01PM
The crop is made all the better by the use of body language in determining where the crop should take place. You will notice that she is now placed to the left and looking right which makes it more acceptable to the viewer. Now it looks a really nice shot.

Personally I would prefer to be at eye level here but as it is a 'snap' then fine. Your ISO is gradually going up in your uploads from no mention to 110 and 250, 360 and now 3200. Try to keep this as low as possible if you want quality results.

dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
5 Feb 2013 2:53PM
I tend to avoid using on-camera flash. With the excellent high-ISO perofrmance that your camera has, you need never (well - hardly ever) use flash. This allows you to catch a really natural result. Certainly, as Paul says, you don't need high ISO AND flash.

Willie's crop is good - apart from anything else, it moves your attractive daughter from the centre of the frame. Convention is not always right, but it's usually good to place the main interest (often eyes in a portrait) a third of the way from the side, and a third from either the top or bottom of the frame.

Finally, camera position. Whether you shoot level, looking down or looking up affects the result in terms of the psychological effect, as well as perspective. Thsi is a Dad's shot of a daughter: you are taller, bigger, responsible for her. Shooting level woudl give a friend's view. Getting down to the same eye level as your subject can be very powerful - it's the opposite of the boss who insists on having hte highest chair at the conference table!
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 9:05PM
hi dudler, sorry i didnt reply earlier, i have been getting a bit over excited getting a photo a day on the website,
thanks for your info, i am trying to get better and getting to grips properly with my camera, i think it is going to take me quite a while!
i am recieving some very good advice on ephotozine, i just need to put it into practice.


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