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July 1, 2013 at 3:29 am #11136

nobadphotos
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So I’m in high school and have an interest in photography. My area doesn’t offer any classes so I’m interning with a semi-local photographer (you have to look a while to find one that is a REAL photographer and doesn’t shoot crap.) Like I said, with there not being any classes, it’s hard trying to learn about all the RAWS, compositions ect.. but I do lots of reading and research. Anyways, I would like to hear your suggestions about some of my latest shoots. And I NEVER EVER charge because I am DEFIANTLY NOT at that level yet. Thanks for your help!

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5894954669863777553/5895138885747781746?pid=5895138885747781746&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5894954669863777553/5895143571818532930?pid=5895143571818532930&oid=107425878252764606157

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201398111261545&set=a.10201398079020739.1073741830.1437337735&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201398109141492&set=a.10201398079020739.1073741830.1437337735&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201398115101641&set=a.10201398079020739.1073741830.1437337735&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201062165663115&set=a.2293533704619.2140581.1437337735&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4421087452133&set=a.2293533704619.2140581.1437337735&type=3&theater

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5846491275873413713/5846492602936538722?authkey=CK7X85-s2IyD6AE&pid=5846492602936538722&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5894954669863777553/5894966657372655506?pid=5894966657372655506&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5894954669863777553/5894997555927403058?pid=5894997555927403058&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5894954669863777553/5895000384203846466?pid=5895000384203846466&oid=107425878252764606157

 

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July 1, 2013 at 3:49 am #11138

nobadphotos
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Here try this rather than the facebook ones.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5888253861957423505/5888270587669144322?authkey=CLivzduD1frMPA&pid=5888270587669144322&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5888253861957423505/5888270587669144322?authkey=CLivzduD1frMPA&pid=5888270587669144322&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/yourphotos?pid=5894950765989287698&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/yourphotos?pid=5894950765989287698&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5769629478472946481/5769629565294333858?pid=5769629565294333858&oid=107425878252764606157

July 1, 2013 at 4:19 am #11139
nesgran
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out of all those only these two worked but then I realised I could just browse through the albums

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5846491275873413713/5846492602936538722?authkey=CK7X85-s2IyD6AE&pid=5846492602936538722&oid=107425878252764606157

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107425878252764606157/albums/5888253861957423505/5888270587669144322?authkey=CLivzduD1frMPA&pid=5888270587669144322&oid=107425878252764606157

My thoughts on those two would be that they are both a nice but lacks a bit of wow those are great. Other shots in the albums I think are better. Both look decently sharp, good use of the depth of field but I would probably have turned the sitting girl around (unless she’d be squinting into the sun). Was the pretty warm colour balance intentional. I’m not sure what the 2014 represents but she probably knows. Did you try a few different angles on both of those? I would have been interested to see what the composition would have been if you took a step to the right on the guy by the fence and a step or two to the left on the other.

Looking through the rest of the shots I notice that the colour temperature is warmer on some shots and colder on others which makes it look a little odd. The third photo in the album with the guy is quite out of focus and in the last he is quite dark against the bright sky which isn’t great. Guessing from the catch lights in the second I’m guessing you were using a flash so you should probably have given the other shot a little fill.

In the album with the sitting girl I really liked the first shot of the horses on the field, shame the rear horse had its tail chopped off. I also really like the black and white shot of her with the glove, it just works really well though having her eyes a little sharper would have been nice. In general though, get rid of any blurry shots (there’s a couple in the album) and avoid chopping peoples’ feet off (when she is sitting on the bench) and the average will improve quite a bit

Keep working with the local photographer though and you’ll have a great future I think

August 27, 2013 at 2:29 am #12331
Bill
Bill
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Hello Nobadphotos. ¬†I’ll try to be gentle but direct. ¬†Of all the links you posted, I could only get to a couple of them, so those are the ones I am basing my critique on.

The first one was of Michaela Senior Pics. ¬†I found several of the photos where the focus was wrongly placed, needed to be on the eyes or where you want to draw your subjects attention. ¬†For that I would select the focus points on your camera on the eyes or focus and re-adjust to correct that. ¬†If your not sure what I mean, you can youtube that and get a better understanding. ¬†If not the focus points, try a larger f/stop to extend your DOF. ¬†You’ll have to adjust your shutter and ISO and maybe use a flash or lighting for fill, but the results will amaze you.

The color balance was off and varied too much on the same subject, causes distraction. ¬†With different scenes, you’ll have to adjust so that the subjects skin tone looks more consistent.

Some of the composure was not great, the scenes need some scouting and /or prep. ¬†For instance a baseball field with weeds in the infield are not too pleasant to look at, just sayin’.

With one of her photos what looks like an alley, with brick walls.  I would tighten up the shot and re-compose the angle, the background is not appealing for the shot, it takes too much away from her.  From the looks of it, it looks small, so I can imagine that you are limited.

Also there was 2 shots of horses in her album?  Not sure if they were misplaced or what, they look like random photos inserted into her album.

The other album I was able to see was simply called February 18, 2013.  Only 4 photos, but again focus and color balance.  One looks too cold and the other too warm making his skin look blotchy.

These are minor adjustments and considering that you are young, more then enough time to correct and improve.

 

August 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm #12360

cassie
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I could only see Micheala’s senior pics as well by scrolling through the album. I totally agree with what has been said, but want to add something that I mentioned in another thread too. When taking pictures of horses be very mindful of your focal length if you aren’t taking pictures of them on the side, and especially if you are taking pictures of them standing at an angle to you.

Anything shorter than 80mm is really too short to take a picture of a horse with. The reason I say this is because you need the compressed background. Their bodies are so long that when you look at a horse that’s had it’s pic taken with a 35 or a 50 (not as bad with the 50 but still kind of noticeable) their heads are too big for their butts. Same idea as why you don’t really want to take pics of a person with a big nose using a 35mm.

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