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Daniel Sanderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/26/2005
 

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How would you better this shot? Is the shadow behind the lady considered distracting? Would you set up your lighting differently? I am wondering what the concensus of the BetterPhoto.com group is.


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5/20/2010 6:46:20 AM

 
Kapil Batra   Nice composition!
It would be better if you can reduce the shadow. And also I can notice reflections in the glass. May be a polarizer can help in that.

Cheers
Kapil


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5/20/2010 7:34:34 PM

 
Daniel Sanderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/26/2005
  Good point. I like your feedback. Thank you.


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5/20/2010 9:16:04 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Yes, I think the shadow is distracting and should be eliminated rather than reduced. It serves no purpose as far as I can see and certainly does not improve the photo.

Just what is the point of the photo? hard to tell. It is much too busy. I think the shot would be greatly improved if the woman were looking out at only the beautiful view. Not at ceiling fans, couches on the porch, etc., etc. What purpose do they serve. None that I can see.

Clean up the shot, getting rid of anything that does not help tell the story you are trying to tell with your photo. I would like to be able to look at the photo and see immediately why you took it.

Right now it looks like an ad for a a furniture magazine or for folding doors.


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5/24/2010 6:33:08 PM

 
Meghan Gonski   Anything wrong with taking a photo that looks like an ad? Maybe she was on an assignment for a class.

The shadow is noticeable. But I wonder, Daniel if it's because you brought it to our attention first?

It is a busy photo but it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, where she can see the whole other world in the mirror before she falls in.


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6/27/2010 9:16:12 PM

 
Cheryl Schneider   I agree that the shadow is distracting and needs to be removed. It would be nice if you could also get rid of the reflection in the glass. There is a line above the doors/windows that needs to be straightened (perhaps you did some work on it previously). The colors and composition are good. I would lighten the shadows on your lady's dress, however. And, perhaps she is going to sell those doors!


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7/5/2010 3:12:35 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Funny... I like the shadow... Photography is so subjective... And there never seems to be rules you have to follow in every situation... So what it comes down to is Daniel.. Do YOU like the shadow?..:)


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7/10/2010 9:57:34 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  I think you did a really good job on this, shadow and all. My only distraction is wondering what the model is looking at. She's kind of starting off into space. Someone coming down a flight of stairs maybe?


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7/13/2010 8:22:39 PM

 
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