Family portraits

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A friend asked me to take some family portraits.
Please provide honest feedback and what I can do to improve.

Thanks,

Hangman

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These are basically pretty good and will respond to some post-processing pretty well.

It's difficult to make a generalization about 5 different pictures that will hold but let me take a shot.

There is lots and lots of extra space in these pictures. That allows the eye to wander.
The pictures are over-bright, under-saturated and flat at the same time. but I think they will all respond to some post-processing. This is all certainly due to the situation in which you took the pictures, full shade, bright shirts, fair complexions.

Here is a small edit on one of the pictures.

I cropped to get rid of non-contributing space, increased contrast, lowered white point so that the shirts weren't so blinding, increased saturation to give his face some color and sharpened it some.

Hope this makes ome sense, on my way out.

Lew

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nice-looking family
my one point to you...
in portraiture... the old adage.... "FILL THE FRAME" almost always fits the situation

#s 1 and 3... need to be cropped aggressively
and.... try to keep folks out of the MIDDLE of the frame

the "RULE OF THIRDS" goes a long way in portraiture, as well

http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/rule-of-thirds/

a few points to ponder
the exposures and IQs are ok...
you are doing fine... keep shooting and posting
 
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let me give you one example here...
this is my favorite shot in this series:

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i have re-cropped it...
and re-sharpened and done some work on the her eyes and the color balance
the thing is.... your image is a great idea
but... you need to get rid of all that EXCESS on the left side of the image
you have this desire to put her as close to the middle of the frame as you can
RESIST THIS URGE....
by cropping out the left side... you get her out of the middle and make the image more dynamic/less statis
i hope you don't mind me posting this redo
IF you do... i'll remove it, immediately:

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and....
it's ok to use the center of the frame, too
in this image of yours:
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try to crop out the "excess" and make the people the STARS of the image:
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after the cropping
i did a bit of color balancing and... most importantly... sharpening
 
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IMO, the picture that will give you the most problem is #5.
Lots of different skin tones, little boy seems OOF and, most of all, the wife looks real hippy and her arm looks big.

This is something you need to try and catch in the taking but can be remedied somewhat in PP using the fluidify filter and some careful cropping.

When this is done in the full-res image, you can conceal the distortion of the other areas by masking some.

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here's my try with THAT image:
you don't have to use any fluidify filter on humans....
just CROP TO CONCEAL
like this:
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