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Exif Data
  • NIKON D7200
  • 35.0 mm f/1.8
  • f/16
  • 35mm
  • 1/80
  • 160

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Hi Kim, I htink this crop works great at the top and bottom, however the sides’ crop kind of emphasises the shoulder on our right (his left) a bit too much; I would have re-framed the shot to be just a bit more to our left, and/or had him change his pose to slighlty de-emphasize that shoulder. Not much at all, though, just a tiny difference.

    The other thing I notice is that one eye appears to be blinking a tiny bit. If this is a common habit, either make them aware of it and see if they can avoid blinking, or if it is just their natural expression, then try shooting from a slight angle that is closer to the one eye so that they slightly balance out.

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  2. kim williams

    I noticed the wincing eye in several of my images.. I think with him that’s usual although maybe not as much.  I have actually seen that a  few times with people I have photographed. I think it may be nervousness.  The shoulder emphasis is new to me, I didn’t notice it until you mentioned it. Then it stuck out like a sore thumb.  I’ll keep a eye out for that. I also noticed that some of the smiles in a  lot of the images that I took had crooked smiles. I don’t know where I heard this but it was said that fake smiles tend to pull to one side or appear crooked since the muscles in the face are tense. in the image above this one his smile seems a lot more genuine.  I think that is where he actually laughed when I asked him to just laugh out loud to get him to relax a little.  I will have to use Pye’s advise on asking people to smile as if. I think I might get much better results until I get better at making people laugh. 

    As usual thanks for the critique your photographic wisdom is very enlightening. 

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    • Matthew Saville

      Haha the good news is, when things stick out like a sore thumb, you almost never make the same mistake again! And when a few of those little “sore thumbs” add up, all of a sudden you’re making world-class images that you could charge a fortune for. ;-)

      For me, I try to blur (cross?) my eyes a little bit, and notice “surface area”… This has proven to be a great way for me to just quickly assess the scale of elements in a scene, and realize that one is more prominent than another. The other thing that is a pet peeve of mine which you may have seen me mention elsewhere is not a problem in the studio, but certainly out on location. That is, background elements that “touch” the head or shoulders of the subject, like a tree trunk or lamppost growing out of the top of someone’s head, or a branch or something growing out of their ear. That’s another easy “sore thumb” that can immediately stick out to you every time if you have the memory in the back of your mind, and it’s another thing that will quickly take your overall standard of work to a highly professional level. :-D

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