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Photo Critique 9: ‘Carlos,’ by Adriana O.

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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 Adri, my friend in Venezuela.

'Carlos,' by Adriana O.

'Carlos,' by Adriana O.

General Overview:
Adri, I enjoy your portrait work. You have a great ability to make your subjects interesting and stand out. You take a simple theme and work with it to make it visually pleasing. I also like your use of colors. These colors really “pop” and help make the image even better. You present the subject in an interesting way that commands the viewer’s attention while not overpowering the viewer. You also use the subject to help with the framing. This adds another level of interest.

Good job.

There are just a few improvements I will suggest. First, I think it would look better if you framed the subject’s head a little better. The frame made with the hands and his head are a little off from one another and I think it would have looked better either perfectly centered or way off-center so it doesn’t look accidental.

Secondly, I would suggest having the subject remove his bracelet. I think it’s a little competitive with the background color and a little distracting.

Finally, the blue color popping through in the upper left-hand corner is distracting. I would either remove it in post production or would have stretched the background a little further to remove it while shooting.

I would also recommend working with the subject to determine a facial expression. Obviously you wanted to communicate a relaxed feeling but I think the facial expression is a little more tense than what the image calls for.

Adri, you have an impressive portfolio already. Keep up the good work and you’ll have many attention-worthy images.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

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Written by jeremyparce

March 10, 2009 at 9:30 am

2 Responses

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  1. shouldn’t his face be in focus? rather than his hands..?


    March 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    • The quick answer is, it depends. Depending on what mood or emotion the photographer was trying to express, focus on the hands or face, or both is a matter for the photographer to decide. Like you, I would like to see this same image but with the face in focus and the hands out.

      Good point and thanks for asking.


      March 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm

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