Critique for John D.

Like this is strong monochrome. The hard lighting brings out a strong sense of drama.

It is maybe slightly windy at the top of the image - you could lose a couple of inches and get a strong image.

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Nice and gentle, the consistent colour tones throughout the image work well.

As victoria's head and body have moved positioned though we've lost the best of the lighting. The lighting on her face is giving an upward shadow on the nose and it's left flat lighting across the chest.

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Smashing portrait. Compositionally her face is too far to the left - pushing her up against the edge of the frame, at the same time there is a lot of hair on the right. You really want the face in the right hand half so the gaze is kept within the frame.

Victoria is coming up a little shiny in this image. That might be to do with the particular make-up. I would suggest just toning the highlights down a little on forehead. Also, some blemishes on her chin could be cleaned up too.

lighting victoria shadow windy variety Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Good fun, happy, natural light look. I'm going to be picky on this one, the white drape is awkwardly off-centre and Victoria's foot is just intruding next to her leg and there is a disturbing shadow between her legs!

These are small points and you can probably re-crop and re-touch to correct these. I like this shot.

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You need to pay more attention to composition, cropping and framing, ideally in camera, but afterwards definitely. That said, overall all the images are good. You've captured different expressions in each image and a variety of feelings in the four. I like that you've got four distinct styles represented here.

 
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