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11-11-2010, 12:19 PM   #1
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Looking for critique on this. Two things I see in first are (1) He's not looking at the camera and (2) I don't like her hair outline against the black rocks.

This is my first attempt at shooting pregnancy pictures.

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It is pretty soft, and the crop does not work too well...
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A different background, possibly trees, and a tighter crop and a vertical format might work a little better.
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Intimacy is not conveyed in both pictures. You are too far away--they look like strangers to the photographer. Their body language is too stilted also.

Perhaps a contributing factor is that your set is a public space which could inhibit most couples. Most of these kind of shots are taken in a controlled environment indoors. Perhaps their place with suitable lighting would work better.

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Intimacy is not conveyed in both pictures. You are too far away--they look like strangers to the photographer. Their body language is too stilted also.

Perhaps a contributing factor is that your set is a public space which could inhibit most couples. Most of these kind of shots are taken in a controlled environment indoors. Perhaps their place with suitable lighting would work better.

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+1 on that thought. I guess that, that is the sort of feeling that we as portraitists need to try to produce. It is a learned skill, we aren't born with it. It's as much a matter of proper staging as it is lighting or technical photographic skills. Good luck!
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I think the background would work great to isolate the subjects. Try moving closer for a tighter shot and increase your DOF for better focus. Images lack sharp detail, and while that may be partly because of the shallow DOF and lens choice, I think it is mostly lighting. You need more light on your subjects, either natural, artifical or fill-flash to give the shot more detail and pop.
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Sorry Brian, these do not work well.
Bad framing (look in your viewfinder), ordinary poses (you need to know and orchestrate these strictly), OOF subjects (stop down and nail your focus), unflattering lighting (flat and in need of a boost with supplementary flash, preferable off-camera) and distracting background (uncomplementary) all detract from the emotions and the joy the couple have.
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Thanks for the comments all.

I agree it doesn't accentuate the pregnancy at all. I like the background though - it is distracting, but a neat background for a different type of pic.

Well luckily, pregnancy pics are not interesting to me at all (it shows here!).

I just thought I'd try some and felt too much 'stress'. Really different when you are trying to take pics for someone ELSE and not just yourself.

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QuoteOriginally posted by clarkebd Quote
hi-

looking for critique on this. Two things i see in first are (1) he's not looking at the camera and (2) i don't like her hair outline against the black rocks.

This is my first attempt at shooting pregnancy pictures.
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