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stef
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Looking through only the album marked “portfolio”…. Unlike AndyF, I found much that is majorly wrong, so brace yourself.

 

You’re missing focus on many shots. Not always by a lot, but if you’re going to shoot with the aperture wide open, you can’t be missing focus like you are. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/536415_462332867113797_1925127907_n.jpg https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/543547_462344487112635_2083310632_n.jpg

 

Tilty. Ugh.  And not just now and then, but many dutch angles. This is only one of several, and looks especially bad with the water and bizarre focus effects like shot through a lensbaby. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/165865_462344593779291_945291783_n.jpg

 

Fads & Gimmicks. Railroad tracks on several different sessions, seriously? Aged wash over everything (and I mean EVERYTHING)? This shot just terrifies me, and I’m surprised I didn’t see it on the front page of this website. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/581253_462338550446562_693292005_n.jpg

 

It looks like you did up your game a bit on wedding shots, but still are using too much processing. The processing is probably why this dress is blown, as I doubt it was before processing. https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/525137_462345287112555_1188558233_n.jpg

 

You need to be able to make an actual good picture, before any of your overprocessed images will ever be good. You’re guilty of trying to salvage things in post, instead of create good things from the get-go. This one is almost a nice, well-lit picture of the couple by their cake, except THE GROOM IS BLINKING. Holy crap, you put this in a portfolio? https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/292136_462345637112520_574747435_n.jpg

 

Some of your albums (not in the portfolio album) are decent… especially the kids. While most of the crops aren’t great, your photography shows improvement. I suspect those are more recent, so that’s a bonus.

 

You need to:

[ol][li]Learn to focus[/li][li]Learn to make a real portrait, before screwing it all up in post.[/li][li]Stop using fads until you show you know how to work your camera better.[/li][li]Study. Seriously… go look at some great portrait photographers. Think of where the light is coming from, and ask yourself “what makes this so good?” When you have that answer and understand it, try to replicate some of those good aspects in your own photography.[/li][/ol]

 

This image sums up your portfolio: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/577090_462345783779172_2076576549_n.jpg

It’s off balance, out of focus, and overprocessed.

 

You are a fauxtographer.