Critique this old photo

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#1 figment1986 on 5 years ago

I've been going through and have been wondering what some better eyes think about this photo. I like it but I know it is flawed, but I'm unsure where i went wrong... It was taken in 2011 so it's been a while since i looked at this photo.

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Details:
ISO 400
Focal Length 25mm
Aperture f/4
Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250)
Flash flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Metering pattern
Exposure Program aperture priority
Exposure Bias 1/3 EV

#2 nathancarter on 5 years ago

Exposure looks good. Subject pops nicely off the background - due to stark tonal/contrast difference, not DOF difference. Exposure settings are appropriate for the subject and the light level. You probably could have gotten away with a stop slower shutter, and a stop lower ISO, but (depending on the camera body) that likely would not have made a significant difference.

Framing is slightly tilted. Unless you're intentionally using a tilt as part of your composition, rotate/crop so your verticals are vertical. Otherwise, composition and framing are reasonably good for an environmental portrait.

Face, and especially eyes, are soft - too soft for this to be a keeper portrait for me. Since the shutter speed was plenty high, this is either a missed focus, or an extra-crummy lens - perhaps exacerbated by a cheap UV filter on the front, which will invariably degrade image quality. If the original image is high-res enough, you might be able to salvage it with some skilled post-processing. I'm no expert on sharpening, but here's some info that might help:
[url]http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=466333[/url]
(Note that the thread is five years old, so some sharpening techniques have improved since then, especially if you're using Lightroom now)

A little tiny bit of on-camera flash, with FEC turned way way down, would have brightened the eyes and given a little catchlight, without significantly affecting overall exposure.

Is that Mickey Flint in the background? Looks like it might be him. He usually has a booth at BARF.

#3 figment1986 on 5 years ago

[QUOTE=nathancarter;4824294]Exposure looks good. Subject pops nicely off the background - due to stark tonal/contrast difference, not DOF difference. Exposure settings are appropriate for the subject and the light level. You probably could have gotten away with a stop slower shutter, and a stop lower ISO, but (depending on the camera body) that likely would not have made a significant difference.

Framing is slightly tilted. Unless you're intentionally using a tilt as part of your composition, rotate/crop so your verticals are vertical. Otherwise, composition and framing are reasonably good for an environmental portrait.

Face, and especially eyes, are soft - too soft for this to be a keeper portrait for me. Since the shutter speed was plenty high, this is either a missed focus, or an extra-crummy lens - perhaps exacerbated by a cheap UV filter on the front, which will invariably degrade image quality. If the original image is high-res enough, you might be able to salvage it with some skilled post-processing. I'm no expert on sharpening, but here's some info that might help:
[url]http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=466333[/url]
(Note that the thread is five years old, so some sharpening techniques have improved since then, especially if you're using Lightroom now)

A little tiny bit of on-camera flash, with FEC turned way way down, would have brightened the eyes and given a little catchlight, without significantly affecting overall exposure.

Is that Mickey Flint in the background? Looks like it might be him. He usually has a booth at BARF.[/QUOTE]

I probably did have a cheap filter on the lens, and yes it might be him. my close friends are part of one of the pirate crews and like to hang around his booth. I have weak wrists, so the tilt happens a lot. I didn't touch this up much other than some levels truthfully.

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