Your Photo: Our Critique

Valerie Holden submitted this photo taken with a Canon 50D, with an exposure of 1/80sec at f/3.5, ISO 100. What Valerie has accomplished is a nice looking pan shot, meaning she moved the camera along just enough while the boy jumped out of the swing, that he is sharp and the background has a slight blur, giving the image the feel of motion. The tilt of the scene really adds to the image. I would suggest some fine tuning to tighten up the photo. Consider cropping the top just to rid the image of

Valerie Holden submitted this photo taken with a Canon 50D, with an exposure of 1/80sec at f/3.5, ISO 100. What Valerie has accomplished is a nice looking pan shot, meaning she moved the camera along just enough while the boy jumped out of the swing, that he is sharp and the background has a slight blur, giving the image the feel of motion. The tilt of the scene really adds to the image. I would suggest some fine tuning to tighten up the photo. Consider cropping the top just to rid the image of the overblown sky and darker rooftop. This will leave some space above his head and will help to clean up the background. Also crop in from the right a bit, but be sure to leave some space for him to move through. With his backward glance toward the camera, the photo doesn't need quite as much negative space and this will also move our flying boy out of the center. Also, to really add some pop to the image you could adjust your levels. Move the black point in just to the edge of the histogram and apply the unsharpen mask. This will separate him from his background even more.  A nice little snapshot turns into a top notch photo with a little digital adjustment.     _
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—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

This photo gets three 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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