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  1. brendyngunn

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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Pick 2 or 3 photo's to post for critique.

    Any more than 2 or 3 and your response rate really drops off.
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    looked over, nothing special - decent composition but images are too soft, no really story in them.
     
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    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Im afraid of links. ;)
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. What do you mean when you say too soft? And when you say "no story" should I not crop them so close up so you can get a better feel for what was going on?
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    soft = not sharp or misfocused.
    no story - like a painting, an image should "speak" to the viewer. To some people it speaks to some it doesnt. Majority of the stuff in your album doesn't "speak" to me. Composition is ok and that adds to the image but there's no flavor in them, they are just plane snapshots.
     
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    brendyngunn TPF Noob!

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    While appreciate your criticism, I was also hoping for advice on how to improve. I want to be able to tell a story and if I'm not doing that, then it needs to be fixed. I imagine the focusing issue is a matter of practice. And as far as the comp goes - any advice there? As I said I am an amateur and I hope to take your advice and use it to get better. Thanks again!
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Follow the rules of basic composition - rule of 2/3.
    Look into Inverse Square Law and apply that to your images - isolating your subject from your foreground/background NOT just using wider apertures but also using lighting.
    And look for meaning in your pictures. Sometimes you shoot something and image will speak with you and other times it'll be trash. But every viewer is different and as the perception of your work.
    PM me if you want to discuss specifics.
     
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    Thank you very much! I look forward to improving my images
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    To improve, I recommend reading some books that apply to your field of study. It's much more valuable than snippets of advice, IMO.


    The Photographers Eye. Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos, by Michael Freeman.
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michael+freeman"]Amazon.com: michael freeman[/ame]


    Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color, & Composition in Photography, by Bryan Peterson
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Learning-See-Creatively-Composition-Photography/dp/0817441816/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272054857&sr=8-4"]Amazon.com: Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography (Updated Edition) (9780817441814): Bryan Peterson: Books[/ame]


    Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera, also by Bryan Peterson
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-3rd-Photographs-Camera/dp/0817439390/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272054857&sr=8-8"]Amazon.com: Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera (9780817439392): Bryan Peterson: Books[/ame]
     

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