Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Constructive Criticism: Portraits

I need help. Mental jokes aside, I suck at portrait photography. Maybe I'm not fast enough. I see a beautiful photo flash before my eyes, I go to take the picture, the moment passes, and I miss it. Maybe I'm just not good at composing a portrait photo. I get trees popping out of people's heads and glares in their glasses. I'm not sure what my problem is, but I definitely need your help.

Take a look at these portraits and tell me what I can do to improve. Be nice if you must, but don't hold back anything. I need your criticism.

This is one of my friend's little girls. Isn't she a cutie? What are your tips on getting good child portraits?

Now for my husband :) He loves the water so this was perfect for him.

What are your tips for post processing portraits? Any advise is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help :)


Denise said...

When I take family portraits I take the photo when people are unaware or not "posing"

Katney said...

For starters, I think the first photo of the child captures her character. Some would say--but you cut off the top of her head. I think that is actually effective in this case. You got right in and got that mischievous look in a fun gleam in her eye. The second one just doesn't do it.

I think the last photo of your husband captures him in a way that something recognizable like the first two doesn't. It captures a bit of personality that does not show in the same way in the face shots.

I think a lot depends on what you are trying to capture. I can't offer you any technical advise, just the fact that with digital, jsut snap away and keep the ones that work. Put up a collection of ones that work and see what it is that you like about them, then maybe another time you will see the perfect situation to capture that personality photo.