One Thing, Three Ways: Another Teenage Girl in the House
I’m a few weeks late in sharing these photos, but my middle daughter became a teenager at the end of March. For those of you playing along at home, that brings the total number of young teens in my household up to three: two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old. You may soon see a lot more photos of wine, but I digress…
Portrait and street photographers amaze me. I find it hard enough to capture something static like a flower or cactus, but to capture a human being in a way that is both solid from a technical perspective as well as captures a bit of their personality seems almost like a super power.
One of Caroline’s many nicknames is “Sass” because she is a very creative, dramatic, sassy soul. She has the most amazing blue eyes and a thick, medium-blonde mane of hair that is the envy of everyone she meets. As the days get warmer, her sun-kissed face will soon be covered in freckles.
Here were the best shots I took of Caroline on her 13th birthday. What feedback do you have for me as I further my skills?
Sass’s Birthday Photo #1.
Sass’s Birthday Photo #2.
Sass’s Birthday Photo #3.
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First of all, her personality shines through. Awesome! Of the three, I like #2 the best.
Here’s what I see. Lovely rim light at camera left, though the window light on her cheek is a bit hot. Can that be mitigated a bit? Move her some? Diffuse the light? Also, the shadow that is being created between her left eye and nose in the first shot is rather noticeable. My portrait instructor has a name for that but I can’t remember it right now, but he saw it in a lot of our work, and always pointed it out to us so. I am really aware of it now. Using some fill at camera right would help get rid of that, I think. Overall, I think she could have used a bit more fill on camera right (her left), just to open her face up a tad more. With that gorgeous hair, I would have loved more rim light all around her hair. Just my 2 cents.
Gosh! What INCREDIBLE feedback! I am excited to keep trying and focusing on these very specific areas.
You might be interested in this article. Just came in my DPS newsletter: http://digital-photography-school.com/a-simple-exercise-on-working-with-natural-light-in-portraits
Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
I’m with you, portraits scary me! Haha I’m so intimidated by them, but the few that you have taken are really good! These of Caroline are adorable! What a beauty! Having brownish red hair and brown eyes, ive always dreamed of being blonde with blue eyes! Haha