senior portraiture – not necessarily great photography

Old People portraits

photography critique


2015 04 RBJ Beauty Day_203mr

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• Title: • Camera: • Lens: • Focal Length • ISO • f/Stop • Shutter speed • Aperture priority / spot metering • Natural light through window on right; gold reflector from left • Back story
Sizing Up
o This gentlemen came for the photo and stated that he hated taking pictures. I told him we’d get along fine – he could sit there and I would take the pictures. His demeanor broke and I liked what I got from him for the photo. I was told that he rarely looks up at anyone.
• My Tudor Ratings o Content – 6. Nothing special about a simple portrait, but there is
some added interest with this one because of the oxygen tube and
the wry smile o Composition – 5. A portrait is a portrait and not particularly difficult
to frame. I do like the way I managed to capture him with his head turned a bit looking off camera. I think that may have captured a bit of his personality.
o Image Quality – 7. I like the added warmth of the reflected light from the left. I think the blue warm-up jacket is vibrant and the white of the hair and trim on the jacket contrast well with the black background.
Nikon D7100 Nikkor 18-200 mm 52 mm 800 4.8 1/250

2015 04 RBJ Beauty Day_301bmr

2015 04 RBJ Beauty Day_301bmr.jpg
• Title: • Camera: • Lens: • Focal Length • ISO • f/Stop • Shutter speed • Aperture priority / spot metering • Artificial overhead lighting • My Tudor Ratings
o Content – 7. A picture of a young and old person is pretty common – this one showing a caring interaction raises interest up a bit Catching the makeup brush at that particular time enhances the photo.
o Composition – 7. There’s symmetry with the face of the older lady being larger – balanced with the smaller face of the younger girl on the left with her color pallet. Post processing lightened the face of the older lady a bit more drawing attention there and the rule of thirds focused on her as the main subject.
o Image Quality – 7. I think warming the image and adding a vignette in post processing enhanced the photo. I think the image is generally clear and crisp.
A Touching Moment
Nikon D7100 Nikkor 18-200 mm 52 mm 800 4.8 1/320

2015 04 RBJ Beauty Day_330mr

2015 04 RBJ Beauty Day_330mr.jpg
• Title: • Camera: • Lens: • Focal Length • ISO • f/Stop • Shutter speed • Aperture priority / spot metering • Natural light through window on right • Back story
o These were the volunteer cosmetology students who did the makeup and hair for the residents. When they were done, I asked them to line up (I positioned their order and location) and to strike a pose when I said, “OK.” So I have several poses of this type.
• My Tudor Ratings o Content – 6. Pictures of young girls are pretty common. I think the
fun poses spark some interest and the girl in front looking away
shows a little smugness that is intriguing to me. o Composition – 6. Pretty simple. I like the way they are turning their
heads and I like the “v” shape giving some added depth. o Image Quality – 5. I like the colors against the black background. I do think some of the touch-up background work in post-processing
isn’t as crisp as it could be, but not too distracting.
End of the Day
Nikon D7100 Nikkor 18-200 mm 24 mm 800 3.8 1/160

 

 

Mark

 

thank you for your submission

I do agree with some of your own ratings and that is a prood that TRS is working. please see my critique in the video



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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography