Which is the Better Portrait? 5

I’m horrible at self-editing.


I know it’s one of the most important aspects of the process, especially if you have to deliver to a client the best of what you’ve done, but I suck at it.

On that note, I’d like your opinion on which one is better and why. They were both taken today at Dr. Sun Yat Sen memorial park with a Kodak Easyshare digital P&S camera (my film RF is still in the shop). Conversion to black & white was done in CS2. Lighting was ambient-only. The subjects are my friend Michelle and Rita, the daughter of another friend, Kate.

Photo #1

Photo #2

Personally, I like the first photo better because you can see Michelle’s face and there are more details, such as her pendent. On the other hand, photo #2 seems to be a more tender moment?

And because I know Kate will probably see this because Facebook is having issues with uploads at the moment, here’s a photo of Rita with her mom. :-)

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.

  • http://www.craigfergusonimages.com Craig Ferguson

    The first one for the expression on the face.

  • Brian

    That’s my gut reaction, too. Not just the expression, but there is more detail to take in, too.

    I’m practicing with my dP&S and Photoshop for the walk 😉

  • Kate

    Well, I am just a P&S gal myself…but I have to agree that the 1st one tells a better story. Although, I love the second one since I know that Rita is giving one of her sloppy kisses behind all that hair!

  • http://f-hole.far-kew.com Pete (f-hole)

    I’ll go with the flow, one too, although I quite like two too!

  • http://aliblogblog.com Aliblogblog.com

    My money on the #1 pic :)