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Irada Khalid

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This is my first attempt in clicking a portrait. Would like to get your feedback on how to make it better and things I should keep in mind the next time I click a portrait.

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September 15, 2012 at 4:00 am
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eHaraldo

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Hi Irada! For your first portrait, this is pretty good. Very colorful, great expression of your subject, and a clean background. The main suggestion I would have is to watch out for distracting elements in the frame. For example here, the brightest thing in the picture is actually her knee in the left foreground. So my eyes immediately goes there first, which is the least important part of the image. Similar could be said for her left hand which is cut off on the other side of the frame. If you were shooting this again, one solution would have been to get in closer or zoom in (if you have a zoom lens) and fill the frame more with the most important elements, i.e. her head, scarf, and torso. And if you were on automatic setting, this would also likely have lightened her face (because you would not have the bright knee affecting the overall exposure).

Hope that helps you! Keep clicking and showing us your photos!

September 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm
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Irada Khalid

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Hi Haraldo, Thank you very much for the insightful response. This will definitely help me on my journey to be a better photographer.

September 16, 2012 at 4:46 am
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Irada Khalid

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This is another portrait I clicked (she is my lovely grandma).
Please critique this photograph.

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September 17, 2012 at 4:46 am
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eHaraldo

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This is a good “environmental” portrait with good light on her face. Next time, also try a vertical format to show more of her and less of the background.

September 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm
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Irada Khalid

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Thank you Harald. Will definitely make use of these lessons the next time I click a portrait.

September 18, 2012 at 7:34 am
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eHaraldo

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Hi Irada. This may be a language-difference thing, but start thinking of what you are doing not as “clicking” but more as “creating.” “Clicking” is very passive, like you have no control. But in reality, you have total control: where to point the camera, what settings to use, when to shoot or wait, et al. You are the Maker or the Creator of your photographs. Always keep that in mind.

September 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm
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Irada Khalid

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Hi Harald! Sure. Will keep that in mind. Thanks for your time.

September 20, 2012 at 3:16 am
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Margo Taussig Pinkerton

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Irada, I will weigh in here. While there is a nice expression on your grandmother’s face, it is overshadowed by the background. This is a case, as with many portraits, when a shallow depth of field is more appropriate. My eye goes to the fence rather than to the warmth of your grandmother’s eyes.

I will also respectfully, somewhat disagree with Harald (after all, we don’t have to all agree all of the time), as I find the light on her face very harsh. The next time you photographer her, you might consider doing it in the early morning or evening when the light is so much softer. Even on a cloudy day, portraits can be beautiful, and you will still have shadow detail.

I totally agree with Harald about the word clicking. In our workshops, we encourage people to make photographs, not take them. It implies that you are thinking about what you want out of the photograph even before you press the shutter.

Keep on photographing!

Take care, TBC

September 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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Irada Khalid

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Thank you very much, both of you for taking time to critique my photographs. Definitely it will only help me if I get different responses. It will force me to think more about my photographs. Thank you and you too take care:)

October 3, 2012 at 6:34 am
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