Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by ShoutSpenser, Jun 12, 2009.
All Photo's resized thanks to Flickr. I'm 15 and I use a Sony A200. Constructive Criticism?
Which 3 would you like me to comment on?
Oi vey. You're not going to get any C&C from posting a myriad of shots. Pick one or two that you think need improvement.
Waaaay too many photos, but overall, you have a wonderful eye for interesting shots. A few are underexposed (duck, wrapper, rose) but I enjoy your work! Man, at only 15 too.....keep going and you'll be one hell of a photographer.
You have a decent batch here. Most is a bit boring or has technical/compositional issues but you do have some nice shots in there. I wish I was shooting like this at age 15 (or at all for that matter). Keep it up!
I agree, overall a nice feeling to these. I particularly like the moment caught with the sleeping in class and ipod on. It wasn't enough to escape to a nap, he had to add the ipod and completely leave the room! It's also nicely symbolic that his face is in the shadow. Good shot!
Yeah, too many images. One thing I noticed is many of them are underexposed. Many are just snapshots. Some have artistic value, but the composition is off. The 12th image is my favorite out of the bunch.
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In general they are all rpretty good. You have a few underexposed ones in there...nothing a little PP cant fix...and you also have 2 where the white balance is off. (you haft to set it!! It bugs people if you dont)
Good Lord, that's a lot of images... but I'm waiting for the kids to fall asleep, so I will kill some time here...
First one is quite good. The B&W conversion works, and I like the subject as well as the composition.
Not bad, I like the light a lot. I wish the crop was tighther in width, and included the top of the weight. The cable bottom left doesn't contribute anything. A "portrait" orientation (vertical) might have been interesting. The weight at the bottom might have made it heavier. You could also tilt the shot ever so slightly and make it seem like the weight was about to roll off the window sill.
Too dark, white balance is off, and the composition is uninteresting. Something is missing in the left half of the shot.
This doesn't work. You could balance the emptiness around the clock between a layer of wall stuff and an equal amount of ceiling... but so what? It's too many elements that don't mean anything in this composition. Try getting closer, and shooting just the clock and the ceiling.
Nice. A little crooked, but that's a creative choice. Better even would have been an older person coming along the path, as though he or she was hoping to find some rest there. In general, pictures are better with people in it. Find the courage to shoot strangers. No one will attack you or tell your mom you've been a bad boy. Tell them it's a hobby, a creative expression... though most won't ask what you're doing.
Flowers. Try color, there's a reason nature did 'em that way.
A slightly more acute angle would have filled the frame in a more interesting way. The subject is definitely interesting though, I would have tried it, too.
Underexposed by at least two stops. Dark meat!
Text out of context is usually not recommended. I'm trying to be funny... but this doesn't work. Maybe it's simply too dark.
Lovely. Print it, frame it, give it to your mom for Mother's Day, repeat annually (with a different shot, of course.) Moms love getting creative shots of flowers, I still give them to my mom every year. Don't crop the blossom!
I get where you're going with this, but it's not perfect yet. The cloud formation could be a little different, the fatty top left is kinking the composition. On a shot like this, it pays to be patient. Lay there for twenty minutes, and fire off a hundred frames. When you get home delete the ones that don't work.
Ducks. Get lower, get closer... which will probably require a longer lens. This shot is a little boring right now. That white one top right should either be all in, or all out. Ducks can be bribed, bring a bagel.
Nice, a classic shot. A little too dark, and I'm not a fan of the branch on the left, but we all have a dandelion somewhere in our archives. This one seems a little "soft" but that may be the jpg.
The lighter is an interesting subject, I see why it caught your eye. This might work better in B&W, and consider cropping a little on the right. I'm really not a "rule of thirds" guy, but in this case it might work.
Don't know why, but I really like this one. Crop a smidgen off the top and the right.
I like the light bouncing off the gables on the left (very Hopper), but otherwise it's not that interesting to me. Seaside light is always lovely though.
Cool idea, I like meshing the two elements. Shooting the building through the net is a neat concept.
Meh, some people like shots like this, but not me. Might be more interesting in the winter when the trees have no leaves and are just naked branches scratching the sky...
Interesting. I like the light. There's something vaguely institutional and sad here.
Very cool, wish you had caught the guy at the bottom in the frame, too. A technical issue might be that the white balance is slightly off, the fluorescents make everything slightly greenish.
I like this a lot. A boring afternoon in school. Good atmosphere.
Even better! The light coming off the hair is wonderful. His elbow and the head in the background are cropped a little tightly, but that's a matter of taste. I would have preferred them "all in" but I'm not sure it would have affected the shot in any meaningful way.
What is it? Rain?
Macro shots... some people love 'em. I think I've seen too many of them, so I'm jaded. The first one is best, crop that leaf top right out of the image.
Good work, keep shooting! You're well on your way.
PLEASE post fewer pictures per thread the next time, and tell us what you're looking for. What do you like in your shots, what do you consider weak. I can't promise you'll always get a good response, but some of us try hard.
Right, off to play house with the wife now that the kids are asleep
No, really, you're welcome. I enjoy taking this much time into the empty ether.
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