Air Force BMT Graduation Pictures

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    Esther Marie
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    Hey everyone!
    We went to TX for my brother’s Air Force BMT graduation at Lackland AFB! It was really awesome photographing it. They are in numbered order. I would appreciate any thoughts or critique! Thanks so much!! 😄
    Here are my favorite shots…

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    #48317
    Esther Marie
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    Here are more pictures! 🙂

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    #48327
    Esther Marie
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    And here are the last ones!

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    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Hi there @esther! These were soo fun to look at – my brother graduated from Lackland last November and your pictures gave me happy flashbacks to our family’s trip down there! It was fun to see how similar everything looked to my pictures, except they’ve upgraded the camo between then and now so there’s a slight difference. 😉

    I know how challenging it is, photographing in this situation. There’s not a whole lot you can do as far as positioning yourself, plus there’s all the emotion of seeing your brother graduate and you don’t want to lose out on the actual moment just because you’re stuck to your camera. So, it’s hard not to have a “snapshot” feel to the photos.

    That being said, there are things you can control in this type of scenario, like focal length, framing, and of course editing.

    So, the following are my favorites:

    BMT-5 – This photo has such a feeling of perfection and symmetry, except when you get to the right side of the photo and the feet in the background intersect with the row of Airmen marching in the foreground. I don’t know, I might play around with cropping that part of the photo out if I had taken it.

    BMT-8-1 – Nice, clear shot of your brothers looking at the camera! It’s unfortunate the younger brother is so short in comparison, so I may have had the older brother crouch down so they were similar heights. As it is, I’m not sure if you’ve cropped in at all, but if you have I’d go back in and loosen it up so the younger brother doesn’t feel as cut-off.

    BMT-10-1 – Nice job filling the frame! I love all the flags!

    BMT-13-2 – Same here, although I think this one is better since you’re more on ground level and nothing’s getting cut off the top or bottom of the photo. I think this is my favorite of all your photos.

    Congratulations again on your brother’s graduation – what an exciting time for your family!

    #48530
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    @esther, that is certainly a unique opportunity. You did well. I’ll see if I can critique them at the end of the webinar tonight.

    #48540
    Esther Marie
    Participant

    @jamesstaddon, I’m looking foward to you critiquing the pictures tonight!


    @bennett-family
    thanks so much for the critique! I remember you submitting pictures of your brother’s graduation a while back. It was very helpful to go back to when James critiqued them!

    Like you said it’s was really challenging! There were so many of them and they all look alike. On the second day I was taking photographing this guy I thought was my brother, and it turned out it wasn’t! It was also kinda funny, they are airmen but they don’t march straight!! 🤣😂 So many of my pictures the guys were all crooked! Which doesn’t look professional…

    except they’ve upgraded the camo between then and now so there’s a slight difference. 😉

    Yeah, my brother was really happy they switched it, because he didn’t like it the old print…

    As it is, I’m not sure if you’ve cropped in at all, but if you have I’d go back in and loosen it up so the younger brother doesn’t feel as cut-off.

    No, I didn’t crop it, it was just a snapshot.

    #48563
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Hi @esther, in the event that you would like to watch the the critique of your photos again, here’s the replay link to last night’s webinar: https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar49/ Critique of these photos begins around 1:09:17.

    #48565
    Lydia Bennett
    Participant


    @esther
    , my pleasure! That’s neat that you were able to go back and see the critique of my photos – glad that was helpful!

    On the second day I was taking photographing this guy I thought was my brother, and it turned out it wasn’t!

    I know – it’s such a weird feeling when you can’t even recognize your own brother!

    Yeah, my brother was really happy they switched it, because he didn’t like it the old print…

    Well, my brother was happy he got in before they switched it, because he didn’t like the new print. 😉

    I’m so glad you were able to capture that momentous event well! Great job.

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