The picture is for presenting one of my works: Sculpting a Crane. My intention is for the observer to be able to see the subject as is but to also make it look more interesting. I used the dark background as an ethical way to "conceal" an element I dislike of the subject: the space between two layers at the right edge. It looks like a black vertical line in the picture. That space between the layers compromises the desired illusion of being a heavy block. Version A was criticized for being too dark to show the subject properly, that was why I made version B. Which of this two versions of the picture is better and why? A. B. I'm an amateur with an amateur camera. I probably didn't use the best settings: Camera: Canon PowerShot A1200 Lens: 5-20 mm Shot at 5 mm (shot wide open) Exposure: Auto exposure, 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 Flash: Off, Did not fire Focus: Single, Manual AF point selection, with a depth of field of from 0.2 m to infinity. AF Area Mode: Single-point AF Then I used Photoshop to edit things like brightness, contrast, exposure, intensity, and saturation. If you want to share any other feedback please don't forget to answer as well the question at the top of this thread. Thanks in advance .