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  1. #11
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    I agree with the others - the background is not good. That's really the #1 thing one should look at when setting up. Also the flash caused shiny skin... if you had used a diffuser or something this could have been avoided. The leaning to the visual right is only accentuated by the angled tree branch behind...also distracting.

    It's still a cute pic though! :-)

  2. #12
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    >>>Please read through this: -> 12 Portrait Photographers<<<

    Thanks for that... Always looking to learn more - it's very good info!

  3. #13
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    Thanks for all the comments. I will try to crop it again later. Don thanks for the link I will read it later. here is the unedited picture.

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  4. #14
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    Okay ... I took a few liberties ... basically due to constraints I saw in the image.

    I rotated it, to bring more "balance" to the subjects. Mike is dominating the shot ... so we need to find a way to increase the young lady's presence and make her look proportionally "taller" ... so, I rotated the image to give her some elevation. Yeah, I know the background suffers ... but, I figure it is worthwhile for the "total" effect. Remember, it is in the eyes ... so I leveled Mike's out ... and effectively hoisted her right up with them.

    I then added a 1/2 inch more canvas and cloned the upper edge of what I could get to extend the background a bit, giving Mike some "head room" and then cropped off the lower part of the image, to reduce the length effect Mike's long blue shirt had on the image. Believe it or not ... that is effectively "negative space" in this case and seems to be working against the composition.

    I also left more room from the edge to the young lady's left arm ... make that side of the image offset the domiance on Mike on the other side. Balance, again.

    Then, finally, if you were to draw a diagonal line from the upper left corner to lower right corner, it would pass right through their teeth (the brightest points in the image). Look in the original (above) ... and you will see how this truly affects the natural "flow" and proportionality of the image. Just little stuff ... overall:


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    What do you think?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-23-2008 at 02:17 PM.
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  5. #15
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    I looks great I will try to get all these pointers right before i snap the picture.
    Thanks Frank
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  6. #16
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    LOL @ that tree!

    and actually the original picture looks very nice (better than the first you posted IMO)

    but don's crop is certainly a work of art! the background could even be straightened out, and no one would ever know! and the diagonal line he pointed out is very cool, really unifies the picture.
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