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Challenge: Off-Centered Subject (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: the kitchen studio
Date: Jun 12, 2003
Aperture: F2.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2003

cropped, resized, made b&w, and auto leveled

Place: 71 out of 138
Avg (all users): 5.7937
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 5.8161
Avg (non-participants): 5.7436
Views since voting: 844
Votes: 126
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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06/26/2003 07:41:26 PM
Greetings From the Critique Club:

Hi Jen,

Your picture has been sitting on my assignment set for a couple of hours. Sorry about that...I just kept getting interrupted and having to start all over again. Anyway, I wanted to share with you that I origionally opened your picture at work and a co-worker of mine saw it and commented "Hey, he's cute! He gets a perfect 10 and my phone number". So, I guess you can say that you might have gotten bonus points for having a good looking model. Now onto the critique....

Challenge: Christopher is definately posed off-center in this picture, so you met the criteria for the challenge.

Composition: This is your greatest strength. To help me with this critique, I went to your portfolio and pulled up other portraits that you have done. Actually, I'm ending up critiquing on the whole set. I hope you don't mind. Anyway, I'm impressed with your ability of being able to have your models pose in such a fashionable way that flatters their features and with pleasing expressions. You have a good eye in that respect. In Christopher's picture, I'm not too crazy about the background. I've noticed that you used the same wrinkled pattern background or at least one similar in your other portraits and they look okay. However, in Christoper's, it just isn't as pleasing...maybe its the way the light hits it.

Technical: The portrait is crisp and clean...in good focus and doesn't contain annoying artifacts. Lighting is your downfall in Christoper's as well as your other portraits. If anything, if portraits interest you and you'll be doing many of them, I would suggest you purchase a light difuser...you know the umbrella lights that you see in portrait photograhy studios. The light you are currently using is harsh and uneven. In Christoper's, you can tell where the light is located...in the top left. The light first hits the top left of the background, overexposing it and then travels to Christopher's left side of face just under his ear where it stops and leaves the right side of the picture dark and underexposed.

In your mother and child portrait the harsh lighting also distracts. In such a tender shot, there should be soft lighting. Currently, all the light is on the baby's back overexposing and leaving the rest in partial darkness.

Out of all of your pictures, I think Leslie's portrait is the best as far as lighting goes. If you notice, the light is even and soft. There are no bright spots or overexposed areas, yet all of her features are portrayed nicely.

You have great talent here. I hope my suggestions help.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2003 11:14:59 AM
Very nice exposure on the subject. People always get on my case for wrinkles in the backdrop; either smoother cloth, different lighting, or DOF control to blur the backdrop would make this better.
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06/21/2003 06:48:27 PM
Nice lighting. The background adds interest, too.
06/21/2003 11:49:20 AM
my wife like this photo - 9/10
06/20/2003 08:05:25 PM
very nicely done. I like the angle and the eyes that go right thru the viewer. Only a tad shiny on the lighting on one side, however the rest is nice and even. Good tones. I also like the texture of the backdrop.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2003 04:34:44 PM
not really off center, pretty good for a portrait shot 6
06/17/2003 08:40:08 PM
you see hennie pennie, i can always tell the photos that are yours by the subjects that you choose. first mikey rene. and now this... its a good thing that he's cute and that you are a good photog because i'd feel bad about giving you a sucky score...but then again my vote doesn't count anyway because i am not a member. you get a 10 for being cute too!!
06/16/2003 01:05:59 PM
Overall I like this quite a bit. I think the blown out portions of the forehead and right cheek detract a little from it, though.
06/16/2003 07:12:24 AM
Forehead is blown out - maybe intended but I would prefer it less xposed.
06/16/2003 04:43:26 AM
Excellent lighting, good expression... I like the angle, adds good character. Very professional portrait. 10
06/16/2003 03:24:53 AM
This photo of Christopher looks like it belongs in one of those big hairstyle books you see in the waiting area of hairsalons. That's just what I thought of it. It's a good image. The highlights are slightly bright for my taste, but it does give it a magazine like feel and a smoother tone to the face.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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