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Re: quick question ... shooting group portrait

Those aren't at all bad. You got good expressions, and I think you handled the lighting very well. I'll offer one suggestion in response to what I've seen categorized as a "rookie mistake": Don't cut off the feet in a group picture. It's OK to end the picture mid-torso (like you did in the first one), but when you cut off just the feet, it looks sloppy.

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Re: quick question ... shooting group portrait

Composition is the hardest thing to learn and see in photography.  Probably the number one difference between average and good photographers.

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Re: quick question ... shooting group portrait

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I am not a fan of the close background being at an angle to the camera.  It draws the eye away from the subjects.

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Re: quick question ... shooting group portrait

I don't think so.

If I were to change anything, in the bottom picture which is my pick, I would have stepped back a few feet.  This would have included the family's feet in the photo and more of the light and garage door.  A photo needs to tell a story to be really great.  Not only who was there but where were we.  Either of these or both are going to be nice mementos of the day.  The faces especially in the bottom picture are really nice.  That is the main most important thing.

 

All and all a nice job.

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Re: quick question ... shooting group portrait

Thanks guys..i am not happy at all, but as this is my first attemp, i always can improve..i agree on cutting off the feet looks terrible...ughh

If they were paying clients i would do a redo, and probably cry..but as of now, i have about 150 shots to go through, hoping to be able to edit them just enough so they like it...Smiley Sad

Thanks again

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Re: quick question ... shooting group portrait


krisz wrote:

Thanks guys..i am not happy at all, but as this is my first attemp, i always can improve..i agree on cutting off the feet looks terrible...ughh

If they were paying clients i would do a redo, and probably cry..but as of now, i have about 150 shots to go through, hoping to be able to edit them just enough so they like it...Smiley Sad

Thanks again


You can always crop shots like the second one so that they resemble the first one.   Be mindful of maintaining the original aspect ratio, 3:2, not unless it is your intent to change it.

 

Not trying to frame a shot too closely is one of the first lessons I learned.  You can always crop an image, but you cannot “uncrop” an image.  You can also use DPP to specify an overall output image size.  I like to use 6000 x 4000 at 75 DPI.

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