Our Fallen Hero
by: © Tammy Compton (Beginner)
Hi Tammy, thank you for selecting me to critique your photo. I know this was a very emotional time. I can only evaluate the shot technically and try to help you take strong photos. I like the subject matter a lot, very strong for stock photography uses. Keep up the good work. Keep taking a lot of photos :)
This is a very sad but good subject matter. When it comes to popular subjects for stock photography this subject would rate high. It is a very delegate subject so it is not seen very much, which makes it have high needs for stock photography.
The crop could be closer. There is a lot of in needed space above & to the right of this photo. If you think you are close get closer would apply here. Also I would not of cropped off the subjects feet. More space on bottom of photo & less space on top. I do see a lot of other close-up shots with in this shot. For example a close up of just the two hands on the flag could be a very desirable shot.
Use of camera,
I do not have the settings your camera was set on. This photo looks slightly over exposed, a little too "hot". I'm guessing your camera was set on "Auto"? I always suggest using Manual or at least aperature or speed over ride. For indoor light I would recommend an ISO of around 350 - 500 & then on speed priority set the shutter speed to 60 & let camera select the aperature setting. Under these indoor light situations, if at all possible I would of used a tripod.
Depth of Field is ok. There is seperation between the man excepting the flag and the other two family members. But there could be more seperation between the officers head and the windows.
I like the soft lighting feel. The colors outside the windows is real nice. I'm glad you got some detail outside the windows, letting the windows go "hot" would of been distracting. The natural light feel is very nice! The officers face is slightly over exposed.
The point of focus on this shot should be the officers eyes. Well done!
The sadness of the family and the honor of our fallen hero and family member.
Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Date and time: 30 Nov -0001 00:00
Original size: 1500px X 1000px
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How to improve your photo
The weakest part of this photograph in my oppinion is composition. With the crop you have here I would recommend cropping about an inch off the right side & off the top. If shooting this type of subject again try not cutting off the bottom of this shot (include thier feet & shoes). I would also take a lot of shots when you have this subject matter, take advantage of it & take a lot of different crops, perspectives, angles and close-ups!
When shooting indoors try useing a tripod and a fill flash if at all possible. This will prevent camera movement and allow you to be more creative with aperature & speed combinations.
Your main "subject" in this photo is the Officer, the flag and the recipient of the flag. When shooting I would of cropped in on the "subject". The other two family members, photographically speaking are not as important. Zoom in on the subject, "if you think you are close get closer".
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