Forums > Critique > Would love some critique on this shot

Photographer

Anthony Thurston

Posts: 697

Independence, Oregon, US

Hey everyone. I would love some critique on this shot I took earlier this week. I've been trying to do less glamour work and more fashion/lifestyle type stuff.

This was shot outside on a very cold(for around here), overcast day here in the Pacific Northwest. This particular shot was taken on the steps to the fountain at main street park.

All I used was a single 5-in-1 reflector with the white side just to camera left. Post was done in Lightroom and Photoshop.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130118/12/50f9aa0d5f841_m.jpg

Jan 18 13 12:06 pm Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

It's okay. The depth of field is good, and the direction of light okay too.

She should have had firstly a lot more connection. I see in her eyes a question of is this good? What do you want?

Something is missing. There is no joie de vivre so it's not a powerful picture.

Light. You may be a bit close, and the light is flat. If you can find a light naturally occurring that travels further like into a tunnel or past an overhang you'll get soft but more direction light. Problem with the 5 in 1 is they are round, and not great at making an easy way to cut the light with barn doors, flags etc.

Jan 18 13 12:14 pm Link

Photographer

Lee_Photography

Posts: 8819

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130118/12/50f9aa0d5f841_m.jpg
The catch lights in her eyes are too low, the idea is to mimic the sun, and unless the sun is setting it would usually show much higher as a reflection in her eyes
[So if the reflector were higher it would be a nice catch light as you have it]
Think a simple background, with less color contrast
[Solid green leaves of a tree, solid building way off in the distance out of focus, beautiful blue sky]
Would love to see a more engaging look too

Jan 18 13 04:31 pm Link

Photographer

RachelReilly

Posts: 1730

Washington, District of Columbia, US

It's all around dull.
The models expression/pose
The  surrounding area

Jan 18 13 04:34 pm Link