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Serah
08-22-2010, 10:04 PM
well, I plan on taking up a career in photography, so I would really appreciate some constructive criticism on these shots, the inspiration for these was wonderland. and i know that these photos aren't exactly cosplay, so if i'm not allowed to post these i apologize :(

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Sakura314/NikonL100485edit1.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Sakura314/NikonL100425edit1.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Sakura314/NikonL100287edit3copy.png

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Sakura314/NikonL100418edit1.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Sakura314/NikonL100413edit2copy.png

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Sakura314/NikonL100405edit1.jpg

I might post more later, we'll see^^ oh, and a lot of these have been edited from there original versions, if you'd like to see the originals I can put them up as well :3

Mnemeth17
08-24-2010, 11:29 AM
Okay, I am by no means a photographer or photography critic, but I think I can offer up my opinions on the photo and hopefully it will help you improve.

Photo 1: This photo is not very good in my opinion. The photo is poorly lit and doesn't seem to have captured a high level of detail on your subject. The angle is also not pleasing, he is almost dead center and obviously posing, which doesn't make the image very dynamic. I suggest better lighting- perhaps with flashlights?- and perhaps a 3/4 angle from the right.

Photo 2: This photograph I like best out of all of them. The colors are great, you have some nice natural lighting, and the details are much crisper. He is posing very well, extremely relaxed and everything. Even though he is center, it works well in the composition with the playground steps leading up to him.

3: This photograph has been edited to be too saturated of a blue. I think you were going for a dreamy look here, so I suggest toning down the blue a bit, cropping off some of the trees since you have too much background imo, and perhaps adding a layer of blue haze using paintbrushes in photoshop. The teapot is distracting where it is at, I think you should have moved it closer to your male subject.

4: This is a really hard shot to get right since backlight destroys most of the detail you can capture on the subject and washes out lighter colors. I think you could have improved it by lighting the side of your subject facing you to better capture the detail, and using photoshop to restore some of the color in the sky. I'm not really sure if these will work since backlighting from the sun is extremely tricky and I've never really photographed anything with it before.

5: I think this just needs cropping- crop off just above where the sun starts and below where the shadow is on the fence or whatever structure he is standing on.

6. This picture is too dark and a bit blurry? The details are just not there. Also, the subject should be a little more "into" your composition- for the angle you took the picture he seems too far to the right. The focus of the picture should also be where he is looking- in this photo your subject seems to be staring off a little more right of where the focus of your photo is. Also be aware of how swing set beams and tree lines can affect the composition of the image- your eye tends to follow lines and focus on edges when scanning a picture and right now they clash a bit much and counteract where the focus of the photo should be.

I think in general you need to work on better lighting and composition. I hope this critique helped! ^^;

.:Mage.Lulu:.
08-25-2010, 12:20 PM
Okay, I am by no means a photographer or photography critic, but I think I can offer up my opinions on the photo and hopefully it will help you improve.

Photo 1: This photo is not very good in my opinion. The photo is poorly lit and doesn't seem to have captured a high level of detail on your subject. The angle is also not pleasing, he is almost dead center and obviously posing, which doesn't make the image very dynamic. I suggest better lighting- perhaps with flashlights?- and perhaps a 3/4 angle from the right.

Photo 2: This photograph I like best out of all of them. The colors are great, you have some nice natural lighting, and the details are much crisper. He is posing very well, extremely relaxed and everything. Even though he is center, it works well in the composition with the playground steps leading up to him.

3: This photograph has been edited to be too saturated of a blue. I think you were going for a dreamy look here, so I suggest toning down the blue a bit, cropping off some of the trees since you have too much background imo, and perhaps adding a layer of blue haze using paintbrushes in photoshop. The teapot is distracting where it is at, I think you should have moved it closer to your male subject.

4: This is a really hard shot to get right since backlight destroys most of the detail you can capture on the subject and washes out lighter colors. I think you could have improved it by lighting the side of your subject facing you to better capture the detail, and using photoshop to restore some of the color in the sky. I'm not really sure if these will work since backlighting from the sun is extremely tricky and I've never really photographed anything with it before.

5: I think this just needs cropping- crop off just above where the sun starts and below where the shadow is on the fence or whatever structure he is standing on.

6. This picture is too dark and a bit blurry? The details are just not there. Also, the subject should be a little more "into" your composition- for the angle you took the picture he seems too far to the right. The focus of the picture should also be where he is looking- in this photo your subject seems to be staring off a little more right of where the focus of your photo is. Also be aware of how swing set beams and tree lines can affect the composition of the image- your eye tends to follow lines and focus on edges when scanning a picture and right now they clash a bit much and counteract where the focus of the photo should be.

I think in general you need to work on better lighting and composition. I hope this critique helped! ^^;

This.

Really good critique (I realise I'm critiquing a critique, but really, listen to this member and their advice)

I rather like number five, but agree it needs cropping. Your subject doesnt seem to be very ... consistant, I dont know. By that i mean, what was the topic of your shoot? Obviously, the one of him sitting in a wood with a cup and teapot, wonderlandesque but.. other than that it kinda looks like you just followed your mate and got a bit handy with a camera. Next time, try to think about the composition of the photograph before snapping. When you're looking at the screen, or through the window, dont just look at the person/object, make sure you note foreground, background, positioning, lighting, detail and really consider it. Look at them, if you hadnt taken this photo and had never seen it before, what would you think? To me, they look a bit fast-snapped. By that I mean there are people who just take a camera, point and click. A good photograph needs consideration, deliberation, and take many from lots of different angles. Changing small details each time, you'll realise even the smallest thing can really make a good shot.

Hope that helped, also :)
But always keep shooting no matter what anyone says! Photographs are amazing. In the words of Andrew Maxwell from George A Romero's Diary of the Dead, 'Don't try to speak, just shoot. Shoot your picture. Shoot for as long as your hard drive holds out. As long as you have power.'