Ballet Exam


This beautiful image was submitted by Gill from Cromer.

Gill says…”My daughter just about to go into a Ballet Exam. I always seem to have a problem with light either too dark or too bright but this time with a peak of light shining through on this candid shot, it is one of my favourites”

Feedback: I think this is a gorgeous image and I’m not surprised it’s one of you favourites, Gill. I love the use of light and shade. Especially as the light draws the viewers eyes to the main focus of this picture – your lovely daughter. I could imagine this enlarged and hanging in pride of place in your living room!

To give it just a little more “wow factor” I have had a little bit of a play with it in Photoshop. Of course you could use Picasa (Google’s free image editing software), Gimp, Pixlr or any other image editing software to get similar results.

What I did:

  • Lightened the image just a bit
  • Increased the contrast for a more dramatic effect
  • Added a vignette (darkened the edges) to draw even more attention to your daughter
  • Sharpened just a little
  • And lastly, converted to black and white to see how it would look – what do you think?





I'm a professional child photographer who loves to share my passion for photography. I am located in the beautiful Sydney, Australia and provide practical and inspirational photography workshops and online tips and tricks for anyone who want to take simply stunning photos of their kids. Come find me on Google+


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