April 13, 2021 at 11:52 am #61998
So I took these pictures last year and wanted some critique on them and just thought to put them on here now…a couple of them my sister was in the sun and that made a glare that I don’t find super flattering but don’t want to totally get rid of. I did edit it but it ended up too dull for my taste so help for what to do in that situation would be great and just any help in general. She also had the sun to the side in a picture but as I wasn’t wanting to shove her around in her posing a mainly let her do what she wanted so I didn’t reposition her.April 13, 2021 at 12:01 pm #62007April 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm #62138Lydia BennettKeymaster
@tashavk it’s great that you went out and took pictures with your sister! That’s a fun way to spend time together as siblings. And the lighting in some of these pictures is quite lovely…looks like you went out at a great time of day. The last photo, your favorite one, seems like it would be a good photo to add some text on top of, with all the empty space there!
What you did with posing her with her back to the sun (in IMG 1482, 1483 & 1484) was great. That glow from backlight gives a pretty effect in portraits. You might find this past blog post helpful in seeing the difference lighting makes with how you position your subject: The Secret to Amazing Golden Hour Portraiture.
Another thing…don’t be afraid to ask someone to reposition if you think it would look better! I know sometimes it feels like it’s going to be a bother to ask them to move over a little or face a different way, but you’re the one who can see what the photo is looking like, so you likely have a better idea of where they should be positioned than they do. That being said, a lot of times your model can come up with creative ideas you wouldn’t have thought of, so do keep a listening ear and just work together as a team! 🙂
As far as editing goes, I might just look to brighten the photos up a little, add some contrast, and perhaps pop the saturation a bit.
I’ve attached a couple quick edits done in Photos, the basic photo program that comes on Windows computers, to give some ideas. Hope that helps!April 22, 2021 at 4:10 pm #62148
Thank you! That really helps! I’ll be sure to think about that in the future!April 22, 2021 at 6:11 pm #62173Blessings CapturedParticipant
Doesn’t golden hour make everything look better! That’s my favorite time to go out and take portraits. That was great how in the backlit shots you put her head behind something dark. That makes it so her hair doesn’t “bleed” into the background.
Yes, don’t be shy about telling people how to pose. I tend to be reluctant in directing people, but I’m working on being more confident and knowing what to say. I’ve found that people like it when I tell them how to pose. Everyone wants to look their best. It helps me to have a pose in my mind then gently direct people. My Mom has encouraged me to “be confident, people want to know what to do.”April 22, 2021 at 6:31 pm #62175Blessings CapturedParticipant
That’s where the Pro Posing database comes in really handy!April 23, 2021 at 10:41 am #62181
Thanks! and thanks for the advice! I do need to get a LOT better at telling people what to doApril 26, 2021 at 12:33 pm #62264Lydia BennettKeymasterApril 26, 2021 at 1:36 pm #62273James StaddonKeymaster
@tashavk, I haven’t been able to get around to critiquing these photos in writing, so I think I’ll give it a try tomorrow night on the webinar. Feel free to join us by registering for it! https://www.lenspiration.com/product/photo-coaching-64/May 5, 2021 at 11:01 am #62386
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