Lesson 6: Composition
Canon Rebel XSi, Focal Length 50.0 mm, Manual mode, f/4.0, Shutter Speed 1/320, ISO 400, Composition- Leading Lines.
The leading lines of the Pigeon steps lead you directly to my subject, while the line of the cement wall also creates a straight line to my subject. (I think I could have tilted my camera a little more.) I also tried to place her eye line across the top third line of the photograph!
*** Here are mine and my teacher's comments...
deje34 [Oct 19, 2009 at 03:47 AM]
This wasn't the best time of day to take this photo (4:00 PM), while the sun was still out, but I waited several days for a break from the rain and was lucky enough to get an hour where the sun came out. By the time I picked up my friend's daughter I had about 20 minutes to get some shots of her. This was a shady spot, but I'm not happy with how bright the right side of her face is. When I tried lowering the ISO, it created shadow on the left side of her face.....what could I have done about this?
candice*stringham [Nov 03, 2009 at 11:42 PM]
Debra- I think the lighting on her face is wonderful. She has great catchlights in her eyes, and the shadows fall softly on the right side. I don't think the left side is too bright at all- the shadows add depth so that she doesn't end up looking like a cardboard cutout. The overall composition shows a great use of leading lines, from the curving wall on the left to the tracks on the right. Very nice portrait.
deje34 [Nov 04, 2009 at 07:08 AM]
Candice thank you again for your comment! I'm still learning what a good portrait is supposed to look like and what lighting is good or bad. I still have a lot more to learn, but I'm getting there. I'm so glad that I got the composition right and I'm glad I captured a good portrait. Yay!!!