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KarynLee
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Certainly. In the fall album, the lady bug is cute. It would have had more impact had it been taken at a lower level, so if you had laid down beside it. A wider aperature would have also helped. Right now, the lady bug and the leaf are clearly in focus, when the focus is really on the bug, correct? So, a different angle + wider aperature would have helped there. For example a few pictures later, the dark ref leaf with the drops are nice, and I like how the big drop is the focus. In that shot, I’d maybe crop differently, so the big drop is off to one side. You want to start there, and have your eye pulled through the rest of the picture, which the veins in the leaf do. Avoid centering your subject UNLESS the center is where the most impact is. In the case of the red leaf, I’d crop some of the grass off the bottom, and move the crop so the drop is more to the right.

In the trees that are sihlouetted on the sky after the red leaf, I would like to see the tops of the trees, so lay right down. I’d also like to see  brigher highlights in the sky.

This is where I hate selective colouring – directly after that, it’s a red/yellow leaf on a bed of black and white. The picture itself is actually really indistint, and making the leaf colour doesn’t save it at all. Not to mention, there is very little dimension in the black and white, so it’s a boring black and white with a spot of colour. This colour does not make it interesting. It’s still not a great picture. (I would go so far as to say remove it from your portoflio). It might be okay, if I could see all the colours, and see what a gorgeous pallate fall has in your area.

Next: More leaves, shot from above, no clever angles. Imagine if you had gotten lower, and shot on the side of the shadows of the drop, and shot through a drop, so you could see the other drops behind it?

I like the trees over the road, I think it leads the eye. I might have shot from the ground, so that the road really pulls you away. Watch that you’re not losing too much detail in the shadows.

The picture after – THIS is what I am talking about. I’d crop out the red in the background.

Next, fake lens flare, get rid of it. I like the way you shot on the other side of the light. If you had been higher up, then you wouldn’t have a distracting horizon in the background. This shot, with the extreme highlights around the dark sides of the sticks would make a cool BW.

Now that I am mostly though this, stop slanting your horizions, unless they are actually slanted (like mountains). Sometimes this is an appropriate angle, but not in landscape photography.

Next shot, looks really similar to a previous shot, only it’s orientation hasn’t changed. Don;t put too much similar in your portfolio, pick the better of the two, and carry on, Then you’ve got it in sepia. Pick one!

Love the branches right after.

I see you found the tilt-shift action. It’s neat, don’t over use it. The two you’ve used it on are a little over-saturated. Colour pop is fun, but make sure the colours still seem realistic.

A few pictures later, the pieces of dandilion – super cool. This is also a good one for high-contract BW.

Another picture of a road taken the same way!!

I like the one after the road EXCEPT for the fake lens flare.

Another picture of a road, that’s different this time! This is when it’s good to use an angled shot. Watch the missing details in the shadows.

Horizon at night – cool. Fake stars – not cool.

Harvest moon and the one after, cool and interesting.

THere, I tore apart a whole album!!!

A few notes overall: Good use of colour, but be careful not to oversaturate. Avoid standing like you normally do in nature shots, because that results in more snapshot looks. Standing right up and taking a picrture of leaves under you on the ground are boring. Get a professional logo and branding package (including a website) – it matters. If you can’t put a cohesive look forward, clients will skip over you to less-qualified photographers in the end. You’ve got a lot of work and practice ahead of you, but you also show some amazing potential.

This portfolio review has taken me about 10 minutes. Spend the $150 to have someone professionally evaluate your best 50 shots over the phone or in person. Lots of places do this, but I really like all the ladies at ClickinMoms. Also, join your Professional Photography standards organization (I believe in the USA it’s Professional Photographers of America, canada it’s PPOC, Professional Photographers of Canada). While at this point you won’t qualify for accredatation, you will have access to workshops, newsletters and other help that can guide you more fully along your journey. And if you’re going to be charging for your images, and Canon Rebel and kit lens just ain’t gonna cut it. It’s a good place to start, but seriously consider investing in, at least, some good glass for crisper shots. Start saving!