Recently I was approached and asked to judge images from two very different photo booth set ups, for an article to appear in Modern Wedding and Bride Magazine. I was sent six images, three each from two very different lighting set ups, all which can be seen below.
When I critique photos there are three things in particular I like to look for, and they generally fall into the following categories: sharpness & detail, skin tones & colour, posing & composition. And here are my comments:
- Sharpness & Details – The first image in the white backdrop series is clearly out of focus, and the following two are only semi-sharp. The red backdrop shots clearly ‘win’ in this category in my opinion, as the subjects’ eyes look clear and much more detail can be seen overall in the image.
- Skin Tones & Colour – The subjects in the white series look washed out to me, and they don’t stand out from the background. While the subjects in the red series have much nicer skin tones. They also contrast nicely with the red background which gives the image much more impact.
- Posing & Composition – The posing of the subjects in the white series looks very loose. They were obviously having fun on the night and as a result their images have a very candid feel. This can often make for really fun photos, but the composition isn’t always appealing to the eye. The subjects in the red series look positioned much closer to the camera. My guess is that have been given less room to work with, but as a result they have positioned themselves very central to the image. The images are still fun and candid but in my opinion they are more appealing to the eye due to the posing.
So there you have it, my critique of photo booth images! What do you think? Is your opinion similar or do you feel differently when you look at these images? One of the things I love about photos is that everyone has a different opinion, and people like different images for different reasons. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these! Feel free to leave a comment below …
Note: These images were supplied by Elegant Hire.