So last sunday I went out to do my first portrait shoot. Just my friends who wanted a few new profile pictures for Facebook, and in return they let me use the pictures in my portfolio. However, I am looking for some feedback on the images, as this is my first time and I'm keen to know what I got right and where I need to focus on for improvement. The images can all be found on my flickr page.
Having the same name for all portraits of one girl does not make it easy to speak about an image. There is a criticism group here: http://www.picturesocial.com/group/photocriticism, put a picture there and people will suggest improvements.
The red scarf reflects from the girl's face which makes her look like she did not get enough sleep. Some backgrounds are too bright although the models are evenly lit.
So all in all, I think this was a good first portrait session. So my critiques are as follows:
Pic of Erin 1,2: I don't think that there is enough light in her facial area
Pic of Erin 3: I wish the background was a much lighter to set a more pleasant mood.
Pic of Erin 5: GREAT PIC
Pic of Christine 1: watch out for shadows around the eyes
Pic of Christine 2: I would soften the face so that it looks more smooth
Pic of Christine 3: maybe a shallow depth of field might have worked better to bring out the form of her body and scarf
Pic of Christine 4: Watch out for shadows that are created for her hair. i.e. left side of her face along her eye
for the pics in general great,
my question you might want to use a little photoshop or portrait professional to fix up the blemishes on the faces,
the blured backgroound works a treat for me,