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Portrait test for new vivitar
Lens: Vivitar 70-150 Camera: K-X Photo Location: Malaysia 
Posted By: doskopanda, 12-19-2010, 08:18 PM

Hi, first time in posting photos here. This is my takes from a local photo outing and my lens testing session






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12-19-2010, 08:31 PM   #2
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Why did you choose to take the picture so close to a tree in 1 and 2? The background in your third photo is much more pleasing and far less distracting.

Also, try to move your subject away from the center of your image. Have you heard of the rule of thirds? Rule of Thirds
12-20-2010, 11:28 AM   #3
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Beautiful photos of the women, but background in 1 & 2 isn't pleasing.
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I like the exposure and captures of these women. I agree with others that the background in #1 & #2 do tend to be a little distracting and compete with the subject. I am not sure about applying the rule of 3rds for close cropped portraits photos (unless the goal is to view less subject and more background).

Thanks for sharing your work, enjoyed the photos.


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thank you all for the constructive replies. I do aware of the rule of thirds but i'm having difficulties in applying it in portrait currently as i am mostly a landscape shooter. Now i know what area i'm lacking currently. Thanks for the kindly advice everyone
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Agree with the others except for applying the rule of thirds. I also don't think it is necessary for a portrait or for a single flower either. Your exposure seems to be right on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinschoenmakers Quote
Why did you choose to take the picture so close to a tree in 1 and 2? The background in your third photo is much more pleasing and far less distracting.

Also, try to move your subject away from the center of your image. Have you heard of the rule of thirds?

Rules are made to be broken, and two of three are clearly off center.

However, the head tilt is awkward in #1, I don't mind the tree in #2, and #3 is very nice, though a little more hand may help.
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To me, photo #3 does comply with the rule of thirds, it just depends what you consider to be the focal point. The bright red flower in her hair is nailed on to both the right and upper third.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Rules are made to be broken, and two of three are clearly off center.
The first two are only off centre horizontally. For portraits 9 out of 10 times it works a lot better when the eyes (the point of interest for portraits) are 1/3rd from the top of the image. Off course this is not a rule that has to be followed every time, but before you can understand how to break a rule you need to know how to apply it first.

In all three images one eye is in the centre of the image, and all 3 images would, I think, have worked better composition-wise if the camera was recomposed slightly downwards after focussing. There is too much empty space above the head in 1 (and somewhat in 2), and the chin is way too tightly framed in 3.
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