SEC – no i did not plan for the outlet to be such a big distraction. I noticed it afterward while in post processing and try to remove it, but I have very basic knowledge and everything I did made it seem worse. But i think I have to train myself to check the negitive space around the subject, so i won’t have to fight with it in post. my lovely model in the corner was intentional. I thought the base boards and wall corner would help lead the eye to her. The grain/noise of the photo was intentional and done in camera. I loved the dramatic lighting on her face. But next time I will take my time and look for distractions, I will pull her forward. But I am having trouble with posing. My model is not a professional, she is just one of my great friends. Now the window was not intentional, maybe if I pulled back and showed more window, and positioned her closer to the window, got down on her level and filled the photo with her and the window it would be a better shot? Although I did show more of the room to make it feel empty and to make her look small. These were my thoughts. this is why I need some advice, I am really unsure of myself.
MBC – Thank you. One of the reasons I posted on here was because for the past 3 months I have been trying to read everything on photography I could find. Last week I felt really overwhelmed, this photo was only my 5th for fun photo shoot and I don’t feel as if I have grown at all. I was sure all of my photos sucked and I felt really horrible that I made my friends sit through them. So I thought I could use a critique. Thank you for your advice.