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Old Apr 13, 2009, 11:00 AM   #1
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I'd appreciate your comments on this photograph that could help me be a better photographer.

It was taken in our home, a black sheet was pinned to the wall as a backdrop.

f5.6

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Flash with Diffuser - Pattern metering


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Old Apr 13, 2009, 11:48 AM   #2
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the picture looks slightly grainy to me but this maybe where you have hosted it or resized it , the general pose is good however you just missed part of your sons head off it would be nice to get the whole sort of speak .... what flash are you using did you try bouncing it without the diffuser on? maybe try a white sheet ?

an idea for the pose would be to do it similiar to the one below or maybe your daughter sat and your son stood behind on a box if needs be





im also on the learning curve and i know my image is far from perfect im thinking of buying a book for some ideas .. on pose's.



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Old Apr 13, 2009, 12:06 PM   #3
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I agree that this photo is grainy. But I think it's a result of me shrinking the file down to a size I can post here. Maybe I over shrunk it

Here's another shot from the same pose.


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Old Apr 13, 2009, 12:27 PM   #4
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ok to me that is better , what camera are you using and also did you use a tripod ? did you usde auto focus or manual? i use infranview to resize and sharpen it is free


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Old Apr 13, 2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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The photos were taken using a monopod, my tripod was at the office. I always use autofocus due to my own bad eyesite.

I'll check infranview.

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Old Apr 13, 2009, 1:12 PM   #6
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Based upon your advice I tried sharpening this photo a bit.

What do you think?
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 6:38 PM   #7
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Im not sure if its just me or does he look slightly out of focus and she seems more in focus. Nice pose though
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 11:51 PM   #8
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Im not sure if its just me or does he look slightly out of focus and she seems more in focus. Nice pose though
yes he is slightly out of focus / that can be the problem when using auto focus..... i usually take a few in auto and then in manual when doing posed portrait then pick the best .now the last image of your daughter is good except the large window that distracts your view a little to the left handside away from the main focus point .
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I find daughter's face too large relative to son's, so that she seems to dominate. I'd suggest going further away and zooming more. This might help with too much differential focus as well.

I very much like 'simple's' hands-on-shoulders pose, and must try it sometime!
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Old Apr 14, 2009, 11:51 PM   #10
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IMHO, the only thing wrong here is the "graininess". I maybe be very old schooled here, but why ISO 400?
I am no techno whiz, but I dont think shrinking the photo to fit here is going to cause the grain. Going the other way perhaps.
Only other comment, a little smaller arpeture, (f8, or 11) so your son is in equal focus to your daughter
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