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Kids at beach C&C (1 image)
Ok, so here's one of the best shots I got at the beach last year. I did a little PP to crop out some toys at the bottom and adjusted the sharpness. The EXIF should be imbeded. Any thoughts on how it could be better?.

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Gosh, I really hate to C&C such cute kids, I'm sure it is a special photo to you, but if you really want someone to nit-pick, here goes .

You followed rule #1 by getting down to their level to shoot kids..

However, the high horizon, coupled with the tight crop almost makes them loom too-large in the scene. Without the shovel, there is no sense of scale. They almost look freakishly large. I think you over-sharpened just a tad. The sharpness combines with the background being so far away, and hence out-of-focus (OOF) almost makes this look like you cut/paste from a different location..

Finally, it just needs a little more drama or conflict. Is the girl trying to take his shovel? Trying to kiss/hug him, etc..

Seriously, this is a great picture. I would print it at least 8x10 or 11x14 and get it on the wall pronto..

Warm regards,DOF..

Comment #1

Love the moment..

I'd like to see the pre-cropped version. the crop location on their legs throws it off a bit for me. The toys may not have been bad, or maybe could be cloned out?.

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

Comment #2

Ha, thanks. I am just trying to learn as much as I can. Seem like most pics I take are just snapshots. these forums are amazingly helpful. Thanks for the input. I agree they are looming a bit.

Looks like she's telling him a joke or something. Thanks again..

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Comment #3

Thanks, I don't have the original online. I only cropped out the very top of a bucket, I'll try cloning it out. So, a little further back to get their whole bodies in?D40 18-55 kit LensI'm just getting started......

Comment #4

It's neither a bad shot nor a really great shot. The kids are cute, but it's a bit unusual not to be able to see their eyes. It's nice that you got down at their level, but they're a bit remove from the background so the sense of scale seems a bit odd, might be better if the toys at foot level were left in. The major weekness is the background, which is tilted and doesn't really add much to the shot. I'd try a very narrow depth-of-field maybe to eliminate it, or try to capture something more interesting - it's nice to have the kids a bit off center, but there's nothing really on the other side of the frame to balance them off with. Also, maybe a tad of fill flash to lighten up the faces would help..

The best advice with kids of course is just to load up on memory and shoot like crazy... kids expressions very by the second so just keep shooting and continue to tweek you technique as you go along...

Comment #5

Thanks, I see what you mean about the background..

The main think I like about the DSLR is the ability to snap off several shots. I misses so many with my point and shoot. Thanks.D40 18-55 kit LensI'm just getting started......

Comment #6

Dhamlin wrote:.

Thanks, I don't have the original online. I only cropped out thevery top of a bucket, I'll try cloning it out. So, a little furtherback to get their whole bodies in?.

Yes, I would like to see that. It may give more balance or something to me..

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

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