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by: © Ana Isabel Marti­nez
9.7
Overall
Rating
9
General
impression
9
Subject
of photo
10
Composition
& Perspective
10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Depth
of field
10
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
Nice work, Ana! I love that it's not your usual maternity portrait - it's got a feeling to it that seems to suit your subjects very well.
9/10
Subject
of photo
This is a beautiful maternity portrait. It's a little different with the black background compared to the usual backlit technique that we usually see for this kind of subject. I think the black gives it a slightly edgy feel that works for this couple.
9/10
Composition
& perspective
Real nice composition, good use of the Rule of Thirds and I love that you're on the floor with the couple and not hovering above them.
10/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
Nice exposure, perfect settings. I might have even gone to ISO 200 as that's often the native sensitivity of Canon's cameras - and I like nice round numbers. But that's me.
10/10
Depth
of field
Perfect. No issues whatsoever with the depth of field.
10/10
Color &
Lighting
Nice, simple lighting, well executed. A second light above and to the left side could provide a nice accent and a little polish, but I like the simplicity and again, I think it works well with this setting.
10/10
Focus
Good depth of field keeping everything nice and sharp.
10/10
Description
I took the photo with a studio flash and a black background. Thank you
Technical Details

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: 50mm
Exposure time: 1/125 sec ,Manual ,Manual
F-stop: F9
ISO: 160
Focal length: 50.0 mm
White balance: As Shot
Exposure program: Manual
Metering mode: Partial
Date and time: 18 Feb 2017 13:26
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Original size: 5800px X 3867px
Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.8 (Windows)
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Steve Hockstein
20+ Years
United States
People
15 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
If I have one issue with your photo, it's that the male subject is looking at the camera. For some reason, that makes me feel a little uneasy. I would like to see a frame where his attention is toward his partner or her midsection. I think that would serve to provide an intimacy that's missing as he eyes a third party.
2.
As mentioned above, a little kick-light might work to separate the subjects from the background, but I don't miss it. The simplicity of your lighting is one of the things that makes this portrait special.
3.
I would also liked to see just a little more space around the couple - it might serve the intimacy thing again. Not a lot, just a little. Honestly, though, there's three boxes for the critique and I feel compelled to fill 'em. There's nothing wrong with your composition!
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Steve Hockstein
Experience: 20+ Years
Still at the tender age of 14, Steve began his high school years shooting professionally for the Pennysaver/Community News in his home town of Parsippany, NJ. He continued shooting professionally for a variety of publications while studying Studio, Narrative and Documentary photography at the R...
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