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May 14, 2019 20:40:04   #
Emmasmom
 
Took some engagement pictures and would love some input on what to do better next time.









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May 14, 2019 20:48:44   #
pbcbob
 
Not too much. Possibly crop 1 and 2 a little tighter.

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May 14, 2019 21:08:39   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
The issue with 3 of 4 of them is that the backgrounds are fighting the subjects for the viewer's attention. So, a little more of them and a little less of the background would help a lot.
--Bob

Emmasmom wrote:
Took some engagement pictures and would love some input on what to do better next time.

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May 14, 2019 21:24:56   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
Emmasmom wrote:
Took some engagement pictures and would love some input on what to do better next time.


Great shoot. To improve the images, I would crop in to the couple on number 1 and 2 to give the image more impact. 3 and 4 are perfect.

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May 14, 2019 22:07:15   #
Vietnam Vet (a regular here)
 
What in the pictures says to the viewer: "This is about an engagement?" If you hadn't said it was, I wouldn't have known.

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May 14, 2019 22:34:50   #
Blenheim Orange
 
Nice images. A wider aperture would throw the backgrounds out of focus and make them less distracting.

Mike

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May 14, 2019 22:44:56   #
luvmypets
 
My personal opinion--- I would crop some off the top of each photo but especially in #1 and #3. The couple is your subject and you need to emphasize them. That very white sky draws your attention away from them. All the wood above his head in #3 emphasizes how short she is. On #3 I would have used the other side of the barn to put her on his right side so that she could place her left hand on his arm or chest so that you would see the ring. #4 you might have used a shallower depth of field to blur the background to make them more prominent. If you have Photoshop you can use a layer and create the blur. You would have to YouTube it or have someone here that is more familiar with the procedure explain how to do it.

Keep trying!!! It's a very good start.

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May 14, 2019 22:52:26   #
IDguy (a regular here)
 
Good start. Think about the rule of thirds when following crop advice.

These images can be improved with post processing to adjust local brightness and, if you wish, to blur the backgrounds as suggested.

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May 15, 2019 00:13:56   #
Rolk (a regular here)
 
I agree with everything others have said about cropping, blurring backgrounds, removing distracting elements, etc., but I have a couple more things to suggest...I always double check "hair" and "hand placement."

Her hair could be brushed out a little, but in the first image, while we know she doesn't have a hand growing out of her back, his right hand is distracting. Just have him drop his right hand to his side. And in the third image, his head could be tilted ever so slightly towards her.

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May 15, 2019 01:41:40   #
Cany143 (a regular here)
 
I agree with what previous respondents suggested --composition/cropping, posing, the use and purpose of a shallower dof and/or a background blur and such-- but what struck me initially was the couple's placement in front of a barbed wire fence. What might that suggest? a 'thorny' relationship? While that might arguably be subliminal, its easier to dismiss the barbed wire than it is to dismiss the implied fate of people who sit in the middle of a road on a narrow bridge.

Your 3rd and 4th images are a lot more appropriate, and don't suggest a horror movie ending.

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May 15, 2019 06:04:33   #
paulrph1
 
Emmasmom wrote:
Took some engagement pictures and would love some input on what to do better next time.


Eliminate the barbed wire in the first one. It does not match the romance. Best shot is the last one. Very nice.

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May 15, 2019 07:05:39   #
Jay Pat
 
I agree about the cropping.
Image 1, consider placing the the guys hand at her waist.
Image 2, I like the way the dress is posed.
Image 3, guys left hand out of pocket and placed at her waist. Have the gals right hand opened up slightly. The top three fingers appear a little tight, to me.
Image 4, do something different with the gals hands. I like the heads being closer in height.
Consider, getting them to laugh to capture personalities.
Please keep in mind, I'm just a snap shot guy.......
Overall, I enjoyed viewing the series. Do you have more? Part 2?
Pat

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May 15, 2019 07:06:41   #
traderjohn (a regular here)
 
Emmasmom wrote:
Took some engagement pictures and would love some input on what to do better next time.


Don't quite get the sitting on the bridge thing.

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May 15, 2019 07:29:05   #
paulrph1
 
Emmasmom wrote:
Took some engagement pictures and would love some input on what to do better next time.


Again after a further look. On the in field view (#4) A little more face exposure one can hardly tell who they are. Keep the intimacy but give a better look. As far as the height difference it is what it is. Maybe one with them more equal in height and let them choose.

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May 15, 2019 07:33:17   #
fourg1b2006
 
Nice looking couple. You did good.

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