View Full Version : Photoshoot critiques

04-08-2010, 09:23 PM
I'm just starting to get into some serious photography. Ive been going out doing some test photoshoots for and with my friends and I would love some pointers and advice on composition, camera focusing, and i guess some photoshop filtering advice.

Each is a sample of a different shoot.



(This particular one...I'm really new to motion-shots. I would love pointer on to getting some good angles.)

Here is my gallery that I have posted: http://iiceydollx3.deviantart.com/

How would I be able to make a photo more interesting too? I try the bottom & top angles, but I dont know if that's enough.

04-09-2010, 02:50 AM
1) The first one is a nice shot of the buliding...but I can barely make out the cosplayers. You can keep the same framing on the building and bring the cosplayers closer to the camera to make them more prominent.

2) Second shot is very nice. I'm not familiar with the characters so I don't know how appropriate the setting is, but it's a nice shot regardless. Well composed, but there's not much you can do about the dead grass. You could've stopped down to f/5.6 to get more color in the sky also.

3) I would've shifted the framing to the left as the wall on the right side doesn't really do much. Might have been more dramatic if he was just looking out in the distance instead of looking at the camera.

4) I don't like the cutting off the top of his head and his feet. You usually don't want to shoot people with glasses at an angle because the prescription will distort their face behind the glass. You can have them take it off, or just remove the glass from the frames for the shot, or shoot them straight enough so that the side of their face isn't distorted by the glasses.

04-09-2010, 02:27 PM

04-12-2010, 06:51 PM
#1 I agree with FiveRings, bring the coplayers closer would show off their costume better while still seeing enough of the building behind them.

#2 I like the over-all composition. Stopping the iris down would help show the blossoms against the bright sky better. 5.6 may or may not be the setting you need to do that. You can still save the image if you know exposure and contrast settings in photoshop. I recommend going to the menu: Image, Adjustments, Shadow/Highlight. Then use Highlight sliders do bring detail to the blossoms.

#3 Tighter cropping would bring more impact. It does not seem like a cosplay photo.

#4 I like the desaturated look with subtle hues still present. I find no problem with glasses distorting from an angle. That is naturally what they do. It is a choice. Taking lenses out fromthe glass frames can be done, but it sometimes looks noticably fake. This also does not look like a cosplay photo.

#5 You low angle action shot of him jumping is very good. The ceiling has such nice texture to show off. The timeing and pose are perfect. I prefer a candid eye-line rather than looking at the camera, but either way is still a viable choice. It does look a bit over exposed.

#6 After seeing #5 this was anti-climatic for me. The low angle is dramatic, but his pose has very little life to it. Turning his head to the right or left, looking off in the distance may have been more interesting. Your location seems cool with the stome textures, but it is so over-exposed, I can't appreciate it well.

Sakanoue Ayame
04-19-2010, 11:39 AM
On the last two (the motion ones) I agree with Brucer, number 5 was quite wow. I think the background works really well, and the slight blur makes it feel more real to me. Possibly you might want to alter your aperture, and try to keep the central figure in focus more. I know that's tough when he's moving. Often you will have to take many shots just to get one that isn't blurry.

06-05-2010, 05:17 PM
great!! ^^

06-25-2010, 02:20 AM
those are some great photos =]