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4 years 6 months ago #4029 by jerry
I've been trying to get better at portraits, especially indoors. I normally like to do them outside. But for this I used lots of window light and bounce flash. The backdrop, is homemade. I really like this, but I am sure someone can tear this apart pretty good. Thanks in advance

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4 years 6 months ago - 4 years 6 months ago #4034 by Conor Casey
I don't shoot portraits very often - just look at my portrait-less Flickr page - but I usually have an opinion on all photos, so I'll share it here. :P

First off, good job! Getting out of your comfort zone - whether it is a totally new subject, or just changing setting (in your case, outdoors to indoors) - is always a good idea and will make you a better and more rounded photographer.

Secondly, I think you have done a nice job with the lighting - it's even and balanced across the face. The background is also nicely blurred; it's not distracting and doesn't take away from the subject. The vignette is also a winner for me as it draws your eye into the person.

The thing that I don't like is the pose and the subject's facial expression. It looks totally forced and unnatural. It looks like a middle-ground between a smile and not a smile - like he is ready and about to smile but you fired the shutter a split second too early. Either way, it doesn't work for me at all.

That's all I can really see wrong with the photo; some other forum member may be a real portrait wiz and come up with more productive advice.

Hope that helped somewhat. :)

Conor Casey
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4 years 6 months ago #4035 by Bill
Yeah, I agree with Conor on this one. Technically good but the pose looks forced.


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