Photo appraisal: Boy on the beach
Expert advice and tips on improving your photography from Damien Demolder. He gives his appraisal of Boy on the Beach by David Kessel and offers advice on how it might be improved.
Photo: Boy on the beach
Taken by: David Kessel
Some consider â€˜the possession of flareâ€™ a crime against the laws of photography and demand immediate justice for such outrage against common decency. And thatâ€™s why I like it. David has made great use of that glimpse of sun and its dramatic reflections inside his lens, and has created an image thatâ€™s full of atmosphere and reality. The combination of happy sun, rolling hills and small child reminds me of Teletubbyland, and itâ€™s all rather jolly. The back lighting has allowed David to make an effective silhouette from the boyâ€™s body, but with wonderful rim lighting in his hair â€¨and the sand glowing against his darkness.
I think weâ€™ve lost a little more to the shadows than we needed to have done, so Iâ€™ve lifted the contrast a touch and reduced the intensity of the darkest tones for a softer feel. There was also some dusting to do â€“ you canâ€™t get away with a dirty sensor in a shot like this! Iâ€™ve added some colour, too, to create a selenium-toned effect. Itâ€™s only mild but I think it suits the image.