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Composition Critique of Student Images


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


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Composition Critique of Student Images

Composition critique So here is some of your imagery and let's take a look at it and you see those shapes and see how well they are doing it or if we can kinda help these people, let's just run through it really quick, okay? So here's our first image and I like it, right? Don't you see the couple pop off right away They've got some foreground of the water reflection and then you've got a space right there that's perfect, it's like on a third of the frame there which is really nice, I love it, okay? So great image, okay? This image, I see what they are trying to do with the mood actually, the light is there right? I think the background there is a bit distracting still, even though it's blurred out. I think if this person actually posed the subject a little bit differently instead of if they were down or up because the lighting is there, right? It's just, I feel like the posing can be improved a little bit there and that will make it and then the background is a little bit distracting f...

ix those elements and I think you've got the makings of a good shot still, but gotta work with it. Here, they've got a lot going on, right? It definitely catches your eye with all the detail and everything but then you are trying to look for the subject here because that subject is not in a clean spot. So this little guy right here, actually it's out of focus a bit too, so they are focusing on that but this is the main subject and that became out of focus if let's say this little area was all red, then it would pop off a little bit more. But I would try to make that subject a little bit bigger and put it in a clean area and that would execute it a little bit better. Next shot, beautiful gal here, I love that rim lighting in the light on her, actually but, I think this can be improved because there's some distracting elements in the background, Right? She just doesn't snap clean back there so either go more shallow depth to feel, to blur that out or put her in a position where it's a cleaner spot where she is. Here's a good composition, you see a nice leading line here. I think though it could be cropped a little bit more because I think they've got two ideas here going, You've got the road coming in but then you also have these elements here and you are trying to kind of get both but I think it would be stronger if we just focused on the road and we kind of cropped it in this area here so you just focus on that road there and that's a perfect spot if you had a subject too, could pose them right there that would look really nice. Here's another photo, I love the mood here, And you can see they are trying to use that framing there and almost actually the trees look like a heart there, but all, everything is down here, okay? So, really we would, see how this is competing here, If that head was right here, this would be a lot stronger and maybe even if you cropped it, you can in Photoshop change these things and arrange them where the information is a little bit more around here and their head was a little bit higher, that would be even stronger. So, it's got a good idea, it just needs this head needs to be more in that clean spot right there. This photo too, I love the toning of it, has a nice feel to it, actually I think there is some sharpness issues here because this looks sharper than her face here, but as you can see we have a distracting element right through the head. Where would you put the subject after looking at that clearly, it's right here, right? So if we take the subject and put her in that clean spot, that would be better, or we position ourselves so her head is maybe here and we shift the entire frame up where her head is over here, possibly where there's a larger spot then that would work for you but that line through there is very distracting and so you have to find her a little bit cleaner spot. And this shot, wow, this has excellent potential with it right? It's a landscape shot, there's more but I like the lighting to pop them off. I actually feel that this is unwanted space here, so if we had this shot and it was cropped like this, I think it would be much stronger and you would still get the feel of everything, But in this case I feel that this is just dead area there and you crop that out, I think it would be a really powerful photo, I know how they are trying to think of it more of a symmetrical feel to it, but when you do a dead center, I feel that there has to be strong elements on each side and this element is nice, this element is distracting, so just get rid of that. But that's excellent image but thank you for those critics, submitting those photos, that was great and I'm sure people at home learned a lot with that.

Class Description

Want to be able to go into any situation with your camera and have the confidence to know you’ll get the shot? Award-Winning photographer Scott Robert Lim goes in-depth on the four foundational elements you must conquer if you want to develop your creativity and style.

Scott will give you the guidelines you need to master:

  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Composition
  • Post-Processing

Once you master these fundamentals of portraits, you free up your mind to get creative and ultimately get the shot.


1Class Introduction
25 Shots That WOW
3Four Fundamentals of Photography
4Create a Visual Impact with Composition
5Importance of Foreground and Background
6Create Depth in Landscape Images
7Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
8Composition Practice Exercise
9Composition Critique of Student Images
10Keys to Posing
11Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
12Shoot: Modern Female Pose
13Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
14Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
15Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
16Seven Posing Guidelines
17Headshots Poses with Male Model
18Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
19Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
20Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
21Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
22Keys to Couples Posing
23Shoot: Couples Posing
24Couples Transitional Posing Overview
25Shoot: Transitional Posing
26Keys to Group Posing
27Accordion Technique with Groups
28Shoot: Accordion Technique
29Shoot: Best Buds Pose
30Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
31Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
32Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
33Shoot: Pod Method Pose
34Posing Critique of Student Images
35Introduction to Lighting
36Soft vs Hard Light
37Difficult Lighting Situations
38Bright Light Techniques
39Overcast Light Techniques
40Low Light Techniques
41Lighting Techniques Q&A
42Drama Queen Lighting
43Laundry Basket Lighting
44Make it Rain Lighting
45Smart Phone Painting with Light
46Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
47Choose the Right Lighting System
48Hybrid Flash System
49Innovative Accessories
50Gear Overview
51Theatrical Post-Processing
52Ten Keys to Post-Processing
53Essential Skills to Post-Processing
54Headshot Post-Processing
55Bright Light Post-Processing
56Flat Light Post-Processing
57Low Light Post-Processing
58Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
59Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
60Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
61Post-Processing Critique of Student Images