In The Gardenby: © cindy marcotte
My daughter was dressing up in costumes made my think of a moment in the past
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I have an MA in Travel and Social Documentary Photography and have worked for more than 20 years as a fine art photo...
This is a delightful shot Cindy, you should be very pleased with it.
Enchanting subject! She looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. A lovely photo, well done.
The positioning of the girl with her chin tilted up and hands clasped is very sweet. I like particularly the framing of her upper body by the pink/reddish leaves to the left, the leaves above her head, and the line of the hedge behind her. Very nicely done.
Use of camera,
Your camera has been set to fully automatic (I presume as there is an absence of information) and I would like to see you be more in control of the settings.
It's the camera that has chosen the aperture so the depth-of-field has not been SET by you. It's good though, with most of the foliage in focus. BUT... once you have found out how to set the aperture yourself, you can choose a shallow depth-of-field for a shot like this which will give a soft blur to the background leaves and beautifully enhance the mood. That would be a big improvement.
Dark colored velvet absorbs light and so it's difficult to balance the shadow areas with the light areas in a shot like this. Consequently the shadows suffer from a loss of detail. Also the blue of the cape is such a wonderful, rich hue and I would have liked to have seen it lighter so that the blue color stood out more. I think you have actually done well with the exposure and perhaps it would benefit from some tweaking in Photoshop or another photo editor to bring out the color and detail in the shadow areas.
Focus is slightly soft around the face. You should always focus on the eyes. However, the softness does add to the romantic mood.
How to improve your photo
This is a lovely shot and you have a good idea for composition it would seem (judging on just this one photo). I would explore the camera more and try to get out of automatic mode. Read the manual and keep reading it.
We need to have more information about shutter speed, focal length and so on, to really critique a photo well so for your next shot please let us have as much info as possible.
My only other suggestion is to make the most of your willing model while she is still so adorable and willing to pose for you - you have a good eye, and the relationship between you is good so she is relaxed and at ease which shows in the photo. So more shots please!
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I have an MA in Travel and Social Documentary Photography and have worked for more than 20 years as a fine art photographer. I have held many solo exhibitions and have exhibited widely, from Glasgow to Beijing. I also have many years teaching experience and I always encourage my students to ext...
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