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    Posted: 21 Nov 2016 at 3:35am
I have just started learning how to take portraits, I offered to take some family portraits to practice my skills, it was all rather stressful and chaotic and all my preplanning seemed to go out the window with kids running round, losing concentration etc. Anyway I have some nice images but I have cut of the feet in some and I was looking for some advice on how to post process. Should I crop the photo to cut off the limbs mid calf (I have read never to crop at joints) or should I just leave them as they are, as they are a gift in return for modelling for me, and try and do better next time.

I also realize that using F4 was a bit ambitious as not everyone is tack sharp and also I was wondering about the skin tone, is it warm enough.   
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Hi Fiona,

Welcome to Karl's place, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Honestly, you basically have two images within the one frame here. One of the children and one of the parents. I would recommend that when doing family portraits, try keep them reasonably close together (children seated at about the same level as the parents etc, this shows a close knit family).

Try cropping in tighter with this image, tighter on the top and bottom and the sides while keeping the portrait view. With this image dont worry about if you are cropping too tight, as this may help pull the image together.

Skin tones appear ok to me, as you have a young girl that is fair skinned and others with tanned skin tones.

A good effort trying something experimental, this is how you learn what composition works and what does not.

I hope this helps.

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Craig
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