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By Stoxpix
Tiff in the New Forest. Would love constructive criticism of my work while l'm building up my portfolio on EPZ.

Tags: Portraits and people

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


14 Nov 2013 7:17PM
Can anyone explain why the voting was disabled on this pic? I'm a newbie and need to learn the processes. Thanx.

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
15 Nov 2013 1:34AM
When you upload to the Critique Gallery, voting is autoatically disabled. This is because you indicated you want critiques rather than votes.

You can undo it now, but you can upload the shot again and make sure you do not click the criique wanted box!

Welcome to EPZ!

I like the hand blur in this.

Enjoy the site


banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
15 Nov 2013 4:25AM
Hi Brian.

I have uploaded a modification of your image. If you scroll up and click the modifications tab, you will see the thumbnail, click it, and then click the View Large option underneath.

Its a very nice shot. The selection of cloudy WB has left it rather yellow I think, so the mod has less yellow.

Ive also brightened her face just a little, since the light is coming from the right, placing her face in a little shadow. And finally a crop from the right.

Hope this is helpful,


15 Nov 2013 8:18AM
Thanks, Willie. Much appreciated.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2013 2:08PM
Don't bother with the voting. Waste of effort I feel. I looked when I first joined and it becomes a mutual admiration society. Fails to actually say if your image is truly any good because too many people who do not understand the processes vote and then it becomes entirely subjective.

This is a nice, pleasant well composed shot nice pastel colours and with interesting hand movement but a sharp face. High ISO. Ok providing the big version is as good. Just a bit heavy lighting round the eyes. A flash fill at low power, half or a quarter would lift the eye shadows and put a catch light in each eye.

That would lift the impact a lot.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2013 3:47PM
Really attractive and engaging. You were on Aperture priority and may not have been aware of the shutter speed that you were getting, but 1/125 second has served you well. The face is nice and sharp, the motion blur in the hand really does make her wave to us.

It's largely a matter of what you feel comfortable with, but when photographing people who are, or could at any time be, moving about, I usually use shutter priority because the freezing of movement or capture of motion blur is so much easier to control.

As for the site, why not pick 'n mix, try different areas. I have learned a terrific amount from the Main Gallery, by looking at great pictures and studying them, and by asking people questions. Explore the site, and enjoy it.
dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
16 Nov 2013 10:41AM
While I'm nto a fan of zoom lenses (big, limited apertures, unweildy), 70mm is a good focal length for a portrait.

It's worked well, and given nice perspective for a lovely subject. I hope she's as pleased with the result as she ought to be - it's great.

My one compositional suggestion is that a slight move to your left might have given a simpler background, with ground instead of the fence and pile of logs. These compete a little bit for attention - though by using a wide(-ish) aperture you've toned them down a bit.

However, changing position can change the light, and you've got lovely delicate sidelights coming from somewhere in this, giving definition along both sides of Tiffany's face. so beware that in fine-tuning one thing, you don't lose other positive features!

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