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I don't have anything specific I want help on, but I'm curious what areas you think need work. I submitted to Fstoppers, and it was rated... (show more)
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
  • f/1.4
  • 35mm
  • 1/200
  • 100

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Hi Kaden! Thank you for sharing this shot with SLR Lounge Premium Critique!

    I think you’ve got a lot going for you in this shot; there’s a lot to be proud of and you clearly understand posing, lighting, and post-processing quite well. So my critique will be on the more detailed things that I think could take it from “needs work” to “impressive”, hopefully…

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    • Kaden Classen

      Thanks for all the feedback, Matthew! I really appreciate it. A lot of the things you point out I didn’t notice, but now I do. Definitely a lot of help.

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    Matthew Saville

    The first thing I notice is that there’s a few things blurred down here that don’t make sense. As with all elements in a photograph, they’re either adding or subtracting. If there was more of a context as to what these things are, it might add to the photo, but this is just a distraction to me.

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  3. B
    Matthew Saville

    the second thing is, I don’t know if ultra-shallow depth has worked well for this type of studio portrait with a black backdrop. Seeing her hand be blurry is actually a slight distraction because there’s just not much else to look at aside from her face.

    Usually, shallow depth is used as an emphasis tool when there is actually a lot of other stuff around that needs to be blurred. If this photo had been taken outdoors and a light colored background was all around, then I think this exact framing and aperture would have worked perfectly. But in the studio like this, maybe it’s just oldschool personal preference but I’d rather see the shot made at f/4 or f/5.6 or something.

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  4. C
    Matthew Saville

    Last but not least, I think the downward angle is a bit /too/ downward in this case. Yes, downward angles have a great slimming effect on subjects, however at a certain point it kinda just looks like your vantage point is coming from standing on a small ladder, and it gets weird. I think I would have liked to see this photo taken at just barely above her eye level, and then also maybe just a little bit higher than that, and one of those angles would have been more natural and yet still flattering.

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  5. Greg Hitchcock

    I think it’s a very intriguing image. I like the pose, the lighting, and her expression. All elements work together to make an interesting message. The only thing I find distracting is the very high camera angle. I agree a high camera angle is adding drama here, but maybe reduce just a bit. 

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