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Please give me feedback on what I could of done better here. It's shot on a 24-70, about 35mm, with a strobe fired through an umbrella... (show more)

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Hi Greg,

    Regarding the strobe-to-ambient ratio, I think you nailed it. The emphasis is perfect, the light looks dramatic but not “fake”, as if with a small stretch of the imagination it could be that one of those lamps is shining on her. If you had made it any more dynamic / dramatic, it would have made the background look photoshopped, as if you did it in a studio and then just dropped her into the scene. If you did it any less dynamic, (brighter ambient) …then emphasis on her face would be lost.

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    Matthew Saville

    The main critique I have, however, is still regarding emphasis and her face. Simply put, the background is “touching” her too much. If you were at about 35 on this shot, I wish it had been shot on a 35 prime wide open at 1.4 so that you could have blurred the background just a little bit. The way it is, it looks almost perfectly sharp, which is a bit distracting. A slight amount of blur will add so much emphasis to her!

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    • Greg Hitchcock

      I totally agree. At this point, when I took this shot, I had not embraced ND filters yet. I think this was shot at something like f10 or smaller. I should of shot a longer lens for a but more compression. I am not too concerned with the old house but the lights and trees are nice. 

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    Matthew Saville

    Also, I think that compositionally, it would have been stronger if her head were here (B) instead of where it is. That way, the trees wouldn’t be “touching” the side of her face like they are.

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    Matthew Saville

    Last but not least, I do think that her head itself is a bit too angled. If you draw a line straight from the angle of her head, it “aims” all the way over here, (C) which is a bit too far off-center for my personal preference. But I do like the slight angle, so fixing this problem would have been a very, very subtle change. In other words, you pretty much nailed the pose and the lighting on this shot, so, well done!

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  5. D
    Matthew Saville

    Oh and now can I not mention the PERFECT veil toss. Great job!

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