Your Photo: Our Critique

Original image Adjusted image Thareef Marzook took this photo of a young boy in Sri Lanka using a Nikon D50 shutter priority, f/5.6, ISO 400. In the original photo the subject is too dark which is a result from using shutter priority and having a very bright background. A solution would have been to turn the boy to his left and let the light fall on his face or use a fill flash.

Original image Adjusted image

Thareef Marzook took this photo of a young boy in Sri Lanka using a Nikon D50 shutter priority, f/5.6, ISO 400. In the original photo the subject is too dark which is a result from using shutter priority and having a very bright background. A solution would have been to turn the boy to his left and let the light fall on his face or use a fill flash. Using the camera's partial metering system also might have improved the photo taking a reading from a smaller area of the image. Another idea would be to set the camera to manual and overexpose a little. Bright backgrounds are a common problem and there are a couple of ways to get around them. If in real doubt bracket your exposure. Adjusting the image I used Adobe Lightroom 1.3 and subtle adjustments to bring out more detail in the boy. As for the composition, since it is not a close-up, I would like to see the top of his head.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

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This photo gets two and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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