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Old Jan 3, 2011, 4:15 PM   #21
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I'm OK guys! If I didn't have a THICK skin. or be able to laugh at myself, I would.nt last long around here. Hey, if I can make someone LOL, then I have done a good thing, no?
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Old Jan 4, 2011, 3:00 PM   #22
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I think a plain not so fussy background would go well with this image something like this.
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Old Jan 4, 2011, 4:41 PM   #23
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Now that's getting somewhere.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 7:56 AM   #24
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Well, not a big fan of any of the photoshopped backgrounds. So, background is an issue. A couple other points:
The DOF is not deep enough - the dog's head is sharp but your fiance's features are not. You never want them overly sharp but they're just not in focus - the smile and eyes. It's better to start off sharp and you can use a mask to add some blur to facial area if needed (except eyes, smile).

The DOF issue is what makes shooting indoors difficult - to me it's important to have your subject(s) in focus more than blurring the background. And especially when there's more than one subject it's tough to do both. So, when you need to do that - choose your background such that including it won't distract from your shot. But it depends on why you're making the photo. I have lots of photos from the holiday where the background doesn't look great - but I don't care. Their purpose is not fine art - it's capturing memories.

So, bottom line - next time, use a deeper DOF so you get both the dog and your fiance in good focus.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 10:33 PM   #25
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Good advice John, I too will remember that in my home compositions. Thanks Frank
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yea thanks john that was really helpful next time im going to try some shots in front of just a plain white backround
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