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  • #3100
    WhyOhWhy
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    Guess it’s my turn:   by the definition I am not a fauxgrapher, since I only take pictures of my own children (every now and again I’ll take pictures for a friend but not very often), not in business, do not take money or have clients but I would like to know if I’m on the right track, so to speak. 

    This is just a small sample, I don’t have access to my external hard drive at the moment to upload anything further. 

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/85176036@N07/

    #3101
    Brownie
    Member

    This is great: http://www.flickr.com/photos/85176036@N07/7802021414/in/photostream

    It caught my attention immediately when I clicked your link. As well as being pretty technically sound, the subject is great. Her emotion is great, you can feel that. The monochrome pictures of both girls are very technically sound.

    The tonality is nice, and the only thing I’d be tempted to do is how they are positioned in the frame, the top of the frame is left pretty wide open and I feel personally that it could’ve been stronger if the subject took up more of the frame.

     

    As for everything else, it’s okay. The focus in c1 seems a bit off, K1 is technically solid but doesn’t do anything for me, the framing in girls1 is a little off for my taste, and 3 is technically solid and it’s kind of interesting, so that’s a plus.

     

    Now in commercial photography, photographs don’t have to be interesting to anyone else but the client but if someone else can look at a photograph where they have no connection with the people involved and feel an emotional connection with the people in the photograph, that’s when you know you’re on a different path than just smiles.

     

    And technically, all of your photographs look pretty nice, the only thing was the shallow focus that missed in C1, but everything looks pretty nice. You seem to have a very good grasp of that.

    #3103
    AndyF
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    I agree with Brownie on all points.

    I like and dislike girls1 at the same time. I really want to like it but it’s just not quite right and Brownie is right- it’s the framing. It either needs to be closer, a more “head and shoulders” shot, or a 3/4 length portrait shot.  At the moment it’s somewhere between the two.

    Try a closer crop.

    You’ve got the focus right on all but one.

    All of them are pretty nice- would perhaps like to see some more smiles on the younger one though, or at least a happier expression!

    Are you a fauxtog? Based on these 6,  no, definitely not.

    #3130
    WhyOhWhy
    Member

    Thanks Brownie and AndyF.   I don’t really crop until I decided what size I’m going to print (I’m pretty sure I cropped the one of the girls together thou, so it’s not a 100% rule, lol) and because of print ratios I try to leave some room to make sure I’m good if I get a bug to print some strange size.

    I’ve worked on getting my focus down and not over editing.  B/W conversations give me a hard time, I try to dodge and burn to get the contrast I need/want, but since I don’t use actions (unless I’ve created them myself to speed up my editing) it’s a learning process to say the least.

    The focus on C1 is off, I love the picture but kicked myself in the arse because of it.  🙁  #3 is my least favorite of the bunch, lmao.

    #3144
    Brownie
    Member

    Happy to offer what little wisdom I have!

     

    Sounds like you’re on a good path!

    #3234
    dicksforeyes
    Member

    Oh man, I didn’t see this before.

    I’ve worked on getting my focus down and not over editing.

    looooooool

    Focusing the camera. So tuff.

    #3237
    AndyF
    Member

    “looooooool

    Focusing the camera. So tuff.”

    Yeah, but given the amount of blurred crap we get on here, you’d actually think it was tough wouldn’t you….

    #3242
    dicksforeyes
    Member

    re: I honestly would put you in the same category as myself

    Ok, so I just want to clarify.

    You’re looking at my photos here: http://bit.ly/flickryanap

    and your photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/85176036@N07

    and you’re concluding that the general merit of these images is approximately the same?

    #3254
    WhyOhWhy
    Member

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73875730@N08/7779903570/

    You can see not only her bra strap but the strap for hanging the dress is showing big time on the other shoulder.  You need to pay attention to the little details.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73875730@N08/7763555838/

    Second shot (middle) would never had made it off my camera, let a lone onto my business page (if I had one) she looks like she has to pee.  The third shot (last) is also another image that would have made it’s way in the trash bin, it doesn’t show the model off in a postitive light at all. 

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73875730@N08/7764078410/

    You cropped her right at the knees, her facial expression is a little strange, another shot that should have been trashed.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73875730@N08/7041516377/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73875730@N08/7041086237/

    holy underexposed batman…. also in the second one nice crop right at the knee.

    oh yes the lay on the bench and look sexy shot:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73875730@N08/6894990168/

    This would have been a wonderful image if not for the cropping.

    So yes, you are no further a head in your photography journey than I am.  I could have taken these shots, I would have nailed my focus as well.  Difference between my small sample of stuff and yours… mine are about if I move my light here, how does it change the look of the image, if I add a reflector here, what happens.  You are trying to build a portfolio, I’m trying to experiment and learn.  No one in my shots are dressed up, mine are about learning the techincal parts of photography, your’s are about building up your ego and self worth.

     

    #3257
    dicksforeyes
    Member

    I could have taken these shots

    “except I didn’t due to not knowing how”

    Jesus fuck, this is better than talking to fatties about exercise.

    #3260
    WhyOhWhy
    Member

    I could have taken these shots 

    “except I didn’t due to not knowing how”

     

    ummm I know how to work with natural light and use sun flare to my advantage, I also know how to set my exposure and set a custom white balance so my subject isn’t over powered by the sunflare and remains the main focal point of the image.  I also can use external flash and strobes to properly expose not only for the sky but my subject so I don’t end up with a blown skyline that takes away from the over all feel on an image.

    #3262
    camera.shy
    Member

    Your ego is bigger than your talent Jaredjason.

    #3292
    dicksforeyes
    Member

    ummm I know how

    Yes, and I know how to make a hovercar, I just choose not to.

    #3293
    dicksforeyes
    Member

    Your ego is bigger than your talent Jaredjason.

    Your talent is bigger than your ego.

    Such a sick burn.

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