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Photo Critique 7: ‘Diego II,’ by Carla B.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Carla, my friend in Miami, Florida.

'Diego II,' by Carla of Miami

'Diego II,' by Carla of Miami

General Overview:
Carla, I love your portrait work because you always seem to capture an interesting aspect of your subject. Portrait work is tough because you have to find new and interesting ways to make an image, which is something you do quite well. Portraits involve finding a way to express a concept or emotion while making a visually-appealing image for your audience. This is something you do quite well.
I like the concept of this image because of its simplicity. You’re forcing the viewer to explore the subject but you’re not being “pushy” about it. Although the subject is right in your face, as a viewer, you feel a connection to the subject and not a sense of overpowering.

Great job.

There are a few improvements I want to suggest. First, you need to work on getting the model to give you more expression. Give your model a theme or topic and let him try different facial expressions and body language to communicate the emotion. Secondly, I’m not sure about the greenish cast you gave the image, I’m assuming, in post production. This is more of a personal preference than anything and I could say I don’t like the greenish cast and 20 other people will say they do like it. But I would recommend experimenting with different looks. Finally, I would suggest experimenting with different lighting. I think directional lighting would have helped make this image “pop” a little more.

One more tip: Trying playing around with the ISO sensitivity. Perhaps a grainy look would help make a portrait like this standout a little more.

Carla, you always do a great job and I always look forward to seeing images you’ve produced.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

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Written by jeremyparce

March 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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