well, this is a striking photo, this man looks evil! or he is simple and the eyes are just staring without comprehension.
Either way best to be avoided.
The treatment you have given is one of personal choice, I think you have acheived the look you wanted.
Techically I cant really fault it.
An interesting photo?.... yes, attractive?.....No. :)
As a portrait of family, its better than most.
No problems with exposure,sharp enough,I like the general framing with space to the side. Dof handled very well, background nicely blurred.Glasses( which can be difficult), handled very well.
Things to note for improvement all imho,
For me the worst thing about this picture is the thing in his ear, I don't know what it is, and I find it distracting.Forgive me if its a hearing aid, that he has to wear.)
As you say you have clipped his hair, that's unfortunate.With digital best to have a loose framing as you know you can crop later. ( some people might say that's lazy, but you avoid this problem. As it stands you could crop further down, so we would know it was intentional and it would also put his eyes on a third, which is generally a good thing.
Like the background but I think I would have toned down the bright bits.
The expression is a bit bland,and doesn't tell us much about the subject.
The lighting is a bit flat, seems to lack a bit of life,maybe because its very even and lacks a bit of contrast.
I think if this had been my shot I would have asked your brother to put a shirt with a collar on, as it stands you are emphasizing his rather long neck, especially with the chin tilted up.
This shot like the last 2 has focusing issues. You have probably focused on the wall, the hair at the back of her hair is very sharp. I hope you can remember to focus on her eyes in your next session, then I will be happy.
Oh dear Antonella
You really have to work on your focusing, please!!!
Its not camera shake as has been suggested as then nothing would be sharp. You have focused on the plane about level with her ear.You can see the hair is nice and sharp at this point.
Two things you can do, firstly use your auto focus on one spot, using the middle spot. Now always always always focus using the one spot on the eyes, hold the button down, recompose your shot and fire. Or/and use a bigger fstop say f8 so that the dof is wider and not so critical, then if you accidentally focus on the ear it wont matter so much.If by going to f8 the shutter speed starts to look a bit slow, then turn the iso up.( better to get a noisy picture than a blurred one)
A picture with the eyes out of focus is a portrait ruined.
Wow, I really like this. However I also find it frustrating in that I find your ps work is badly done if i'm honest.
But I love the pose and look, the colours, the composition.
I would like to do a workshop on the orginal shot, can you upload it?
Not unless you think its porn, and if its your idea of porn, you must be one sick puppy ( pun intended).
2 dogs in a post coital embrace, cant see whats wrong with that.
Photographically it leaves a lot to be desired, just has the impression of being a snap, with little thought going into the composition, or narrative.
I have shot like this, which I might dig out and upload.
HI Helen (or should I call you Janey? ;))
Like this, has a slightly 60's feel.
I tred a crop which has got rid of that!
I like the way the hair almost completely frames her face.Lovely.
Martin ( stix)
An appealing portrait, lots to like.
My only niggle would be that in my view you have oversharpened the eyes, so that they look like glass.
His grin looks ever so slightly forced.
Good shot though.
What I really like about this photo is it she looks very beautiful even though we can only really see glimpses of her, leaving me wanting to see more. But maybe you should stop there, and leave us hanging.
I like the mood of this picture, and the close feeling that the crop is giving.
However I feel it is let down by a few technical problems.
The right hand side of the nose is overexposed causing a distracting bright spot. The face is soft like it is out of focus, which is made worse by the fact that the hand seems quite sharp. If anything it should be the other way around, if you selectively soften. The eyes in particular could use a sharpen. I find it best not to take portraits in bright harsh sun, if you do best to soften with a reflector. Another thing is that the bright light means the pupils are very small, but maybe in this case that suited the mood.