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  1. #11
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    I like the off center composition!
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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    frank the last shot shows a real progression and maturity in your photography. its a long way from where you first started and you should be really proud of yourself.

    a tip here for someone that does a shitload of portraits...i think you need to be meticulous about your framing. the composition of a portrait makes or breaks it. it turns a nice photo into something people want to hang on their wall.

    when you first start out in taking portraits i strongly recommend you leave space around the subject so you can play around with composition later. this was the hardest thing i ever learnt cos your instinct tells you to go tight but until you get more experienced in it, you can save youself alot of aggravation later by giving yourself some breathing room; you can always crop back an image but you can rarely regain what you have not taken.

    if you do that for a while all of a sudden you start developing an "eye" for what sorts of compositions work from the camera and you start to get it right on location. imo, these portraits you made are too tight and could really benefit from some room for the subject. the tones and mood of the images also lend themselves to mono or duo tone.

    please excuse my hatchet job on the cloning to make some space but i thought i'd share how i would have shot, processed and framed that last photo to turn it into something very special. (in my opinion at least), i think its a bloody pearler of a photo mate, well done.
    hmm that is a lot nicer with the off center. I would have to agree with rooz that this represents good progress!

    It's interesting though, but I would've put her on the left side of the frame, although rooz seems to maybe have the better place since she's looking towards the left. I would put her on the left because her body is turned right.
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  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    frank the last shot shows a real progression and maturity in your photography. its a long way from where you first started and you should be really proud of yourself.

    a tip here for someone that does a shitload of portraits...i think you need to be meticulous about your framing. the composition of a portrait makes or breaks it. it turns a nice photo into something people want to hang on their wall.

    when you first start out in taking portraits i strongly recommend you leave space around the subject so you can play around with composition later. this was the hardest thing i ever learnt cos your instinct tells you to go tight but until you get more experienced in it, you can save youself alot of aggravation later by giving yourself some breathing room; you can always crop back an image but you can rarely regain what you have not taken.

    if you do that for a while all of a sudden you start developing an "eye" for what sorts of compositions work from the camera and you start to get it right on location. imo, these portraits you made are too tight and could really benefit from some room for the subject. the tones and mood of the images also lend themselves to mono or duo tone.

    please excuse my hatchet job on the cloning to make some space but i thought i'd share how i would have shot, processed and framed that last photo to turn it into something very special. (in my opinion at least), i think its a bloody pearler of a photo mate, well done.
    Thanks Rooz for taking the time to show me how i should have composed the image. I will look at the original and see how much I left and try to re crop it.

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    how about the other side? lol

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    yeah that works just as well. much better PP job too. lol
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    I was always told to crop the way the person is looking. Too bad I didn't remember that till Rooz said it. Looks good that way also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    I was always told to crop the way the person is looking. Too bad I didn't remember that till Rooz said it. Looks good that way also.

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    looking or facing. It can be difficult balancing the two. Might as well go for both
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