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PHOTO: My boy at the beach

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ChenRobert
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:19PM

Newbie here.


I appreciate your thoughts on this image of my boy at the beach.  Also, I read that I should crop tight in the FAQ but I feel that the overall beach scene adds to the context of the photo.  Thoughts?  Thanks in advance.


https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97539346/dsc_0684.jpg


 
donald_gruener
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:51PM
The file I'm seeing is severely compressed with massive, blocky artifacting. You should re-open the original file and be sure to save your JPEG at the maximum quality level.

The copyspace in this composition is fine. Tight crops are good in some cases, but in others designers are happy to find plenty of space to accommodate their design and/or drop in some copy. This shot however would have been much stronger had the camera been pointed a little lower, to crop off the sky above his head and include his feet.

The pose, or rather the moment you captured, is rather awkward and ambiguous, which renders this difficult for a designer to incorporate as it's not quite providing a clear message/concept.

The light is touch harsh but reasonable for the subject.
swalls
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:53PM
Hi Robert

The beach around him is fine IMO, but you cropped off his feet. The whole thing looks terribly overfiltered. Did you sharpen it or maybe this is a low quality JPG? Since this is your son you'll have plenty of opportunity with him as a model. Try to get the whole person in the shot unless you are trying to purposely shoot waist up or head and shoulders. Back way off on the sharpening or other filtering.

Have fun!

ETA: Donald was two minutes faster.

(Edited on 2013-02-18 16:57:06 by swalls)
ChenRobert
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:10PM
Thanks Donald and swalls.


Yes, it's a low quality jpeg and unfortunately I deleted the RAW file (no sharpening/filtering).  The image wasn't intended for stock photography...more of a family moment without the benefit of a composition/posing (thus the cropped feet)...I would love to have have his feet in the photo.


Now...just waiting to hear if my first "stock" photo pass the test.

(Edited on 2013-02-18 17:13:57 by ChenRobert)
jentakespictures
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:35AM
If you deleted the RAW, you should re-shoot.  This image won't pass as-is due to the severe compression artifacts.
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