Typical of what many seniors today receive, this image was found on a local "professional" photographer's flicker page.Â A nice looking girl, a pleasing smile.....hey, its a senior picture and it works.Â Or does it? Well Bruce, you smarty pants, what is wrong with this picture?Â Â Â Nothing really huge.Â It isÂ O.K.Â But isÂ that what you want for YOUR senior portraits?
First off,Â I really don't want to be critical of the photographer (let alone the girl),Â because I wasn't that good of a photographer when I started out. I've spent over $25,000 in training and education and easily 5,000 hours honing my craft.Â ItÂ takes time.Â Â Â A good digital camera will never change that.Â Â
However, the difference between this image and what you'd get from a true professionalÂ ARE noticeable.Â Â That is theÂ issue, it is all the little things that aÂ true professional portrait photographerÂ would have fixed to make it even better.Â Â Correct things like:Â The yellow light cover in the background, a single hair coming across her face (if you zoom in you see it), bend her opposite knee to be more slimming (and the leg would hide the tummy) plus, herÂ right calf becomes rather large as it goes outÂ of the frame, Â repose her left hand (its awkward) and most importantly, Â there is no professional lighting on her face, to truly make a portrait of her.Â
Here is a similar example of the same type of pose.Â Notice how switching the leg helps, but most of all...its the LIGHT.Â It forces you to look at her face.Â That is what photography is, drawing with light.Â And no Photoshop work can ever fix the lack of knowledge or gorgeous light......
Which image has that extra appeal to you?