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Old Apr 10, 2011, 10:36 PM   #1
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My ten month old (in three days) son. What can I do to improve?
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Old Apr 10, 2011, 10:38 PM   #2
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Not an expert but I think it looks great. A very happy looking child.
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Nice portrait. The only thing I could say would be to sit on the graound so the camera lens is at the same level as your son. Otherwise, nice pic!

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Great shot. Only suggestion would be to crop it in portrait mode.
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The first thing that came to my mind was the angle of the camera. So, I agree with Hawgwild, take it at least eye level.
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I agree with the angle, it looks like we're looking down at the child. Try a few at kid level and see how they compare.

Another critical item can be fixed with something called Trimec. No more dandelions!

But in the end, it's a fantastic shot of a beautiful child, caught in a moment of excitement.
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trimec, lol.
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 3:10 PM   #8
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Iowa Jim, you sound like my wife lol. Trimec, huh...does it work? Thanks for the comments/suggestions. Keep 'em coming.
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There are times when shooting down is problematic and times when it is not. I would say in this situation it is fine to shoot down, the background is pretty clean so sets your subject off nicely. I would still always shoot some from a lower angle, not saying don't do it

A few things to look at are the quality of the light on the face, composition and framing (two very similar things).

You have some of the face in shade then the lower part is getting direct sunlight. I would find a slightly different location to get it all shaded or all in the light. If it is the middle of the day then look for shade, this looks like evening so direct is fine.

The composition is dead centre, look at getting him out of the middle, check out my 6th photo in http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...n-lot-fun.html as an example of this. If you photographed in portrait orientation, as advised by others, this would also be fixed.

Last thing is to make sure you've not cropped or included things you shouldn't, in this case we have the hand and the thumb just at the bottom. I would probably have composed this a little wider but you could also go in tighter, the decision is yours

I should have said at the beginning that I like the shot, and I'm sure you will have many more chances to put some of these thoughts into action.

Look forward to seeing more
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Mark, very nice indeed and I see what you mean about the composition. I will try and put everyone's suggestions to use. Lets see, shooting angle, shoot in portrait orientation, even lighting, framing, composition off center...oh yeah and Trimec for the dandelions. Thanks everyone for the feedback.
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