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I believe simply cropping the lower third would improve the image greatly. It's a excellent photo of the bridge and the gorgeous foliage, but there is so much green it takes away from the bridge and the pair of people on it. The crop would also remove the distracting post and brown area. Simply put your hand over lower third to see if I'm right. More ...


As user32334 notes, there is a lot of personal preference in a photo. It may be easier to change friends or ignore opinions than to try to please everyone :-). I won't start to try to give general advice as '32334 has done. I looked at that and decided that my chances of improving on it were small. Instead I'll take the opposite tack and just comment on ...


To put it in old-school terms, you have a good negative here. It just needs to be printed properly. That means local manipulation of brightness and contrast. I can give you some suggestions that will allow to to create my picture, but it would be best for all concerned if I gave you some suggestions that will allow you to create your picture. First off, the ...


I would recommend a couple of things Use smiling animals, try to avoid human looking dolls (just a personal opinion) Change the temperature of the shot to be more warm. Yellows and oranges are often associated with happiness. Try to avoid a lot of shadows in the shot that point toward the direction of the camera/viewer. e.g. better to have shadows from the ...


How about shooting from a low angle, perhaps almost under the swing? Imagine you were able to capture the moment from under the person as they leaped off the swing. Creative use of motion blur can imply movement, some direct lens flare implies a happy, sunny day, and the bottom of the doll can simulate the dark form of a person jumping off.


Create a nice and aesthetic environment which waits for the child who is just about to arrive. Don't try to capture happiness showing sometime after, without the kid. This should put a happiness in a very near future. You could use some welcoming signs as well. Use warm colors, bright lights, softer contrasts and lower picture temperature. You can also use ...


Consider the twitter stream Faces in Things, which imbues simple objects with emotional states simply by "seeing" eyes and a mouth in certain objects. No humans needed to convey a feeling.


I think lighting could be an important part to this equation. in general, high-key images are much more bright and happy than a "normal" exposure or something low-key (which would likely create a more negative mood).


Post processing can be useful if you only have limited control of the lighting. E.g. suppose that there are external light sources that you cannot fully eliminate. In that case you can take pictures with the desired lights on and without the lights in which case you only have the external lights. To eliminate the latter, you need to do a weighted subtraction ...


I've found this flickr page which is highly interesting in term of lighting and composition... You can actually see how "DIY" are his pictures ! Hope it will help someone else !

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