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Old Jul 30, 2007, 8:31 AM   #1
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Old Jul 30, 2007, 11:18 AM   #2
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Since we're all trying to get better, here are my suggestions.

1. Don't shoot "up", as it is not flattering.
2. Lose the framed photograph behind the couple. It's distracting, particularly the reflection.
3. Crop tighter to eliminate the item at the bottom of the photo.
4. The "blue ribbon" on his shirt is also a distraction.
5. She seems somewhat better lit than him.

Of course, that's just my "2 cents" worth.
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Old Jul 30, 2007, 7:25 PM   #3
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Well, I partially agree with Walter. I think the background photo is OK if you turn the lamp off. My biggest complaint about this shot is the lighting...or lack of same. You have mediocre lighting on the woman and none on the man. I have no idea what your setup was so am not sure what to advise.

If you were shooting a DSLR and you have an external flash, I would try point the flash toward the ceiling and rely on the reflected light. This often does a very nice job. If you were using a P&S with on camera flash, (are you ready for this?) try turning the camera upside down. This will move the flash about 6-8 inches to the right. You can invert the photo later in your editor.

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Old Jul 31, 2007, 12:51 AM   #4
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Walter's advice tho it seems harsh are meant to improve the results.

Realize this was probably an unposed portrait and you didn't have time to incorporate some of his poins. Next time...

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