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Old Feb 12, 2006, 12:33 AM   #1
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She wanted a simple head shot to share with friends. Comments, critiques?


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Old Feb 12, 2006, 1:13 AM   #2
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the light's a bit harsh, and would probably look better coming more from the side and slightly above. if you can find a way to diffuse the flash, so the light's more even and softer, that would be big help. also, the backdrop seems a bit too "busy"... a plain or muted surface would work better.
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 8:39 AM   #3
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Hi,

Yes the problem here is light adjustment. Too strong flash from the camera I supose. Maybe you could use a natural light if you bring here close the the window and make her turn a bit a side where the natural light is shining to her left side where the hair is to pull out the dark areas, and then take the photo with little more distance.....

Also the background doesn't help at all. she is too close to background making a distactive shadow.

This is my point of view...hope it helps...

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Hi WalterC...

What an elegant, regal daughter you have in your family :-)

She has a big, bold-as-all- get- out smile to boot!

Here arefour thoughts on your photo:

1. Dress compliments your daughter but background does "compete" with your daughter, the primary subject.

You can minimize background distraction by using a more "bland" background and/or using a tight depth of field (DOF).

You can achieve a tight DOF by using a large aperture (SMALL Fstop number).

2. Try an outdoors photo with your daughter in light shade with lots of ambient sunlight. Try it with/without a fill flash.

3. You may also want to crop a bit tobring more attention to her megawatt smile :idea:

4. PM Frank Doorhoof ,who often posts in People Forum, and ask for his feedback . He is a heckuva good portrait photographer!
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Old Feb 14, 2006, 1:08 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys for your welcome comments and suggestions. Unfortunately, she's back in San Francisco so retakes will have to wait.
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Old Feb 14, 2006, 7:37 PM   #6
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Hi Walter,

Sorry to hear further photo ops will have to wait...

Here is a suggestion...humbly offered.

Should you sojourn to SF...

Pick a sunny day and take her to Golden Gate Recreational Area for some outdoor photos...background there could be a huge plus .

Great end-of-day, goldenlight there too!
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Old Feb 17, 2006, 9:06 AM   #7
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Actually, she's across the bay in Sausalito. Some good photo shoot locations there as well.
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