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    So like everyone else “I’m new-ill tell you I suck but secretly I think I’m pretty good for the amount of time I’ve been doing this and I really just want to use all of you like a little book of affirmations, just like all the Facebook  likes I get that make me think  maybe I could go pro- after all I really am passionate about this and although I already have a career it’s boring and I really just want to be creative and get paid for it”…………or something like that. Whatever-  I take pics for fun and being a pro looks way to hard, maybe I like my boring job.



    I’d say you’re not quite there yet (IMHO)

    I actually rather liked a few of your photos; the guitar body ( http://media.cmcdn.net/22962006/780×520.jpeg ),  this night photo ( http://media.cmcdn.net/22010434/780×520.jpeg ) and this image http://media.cmcdn.net/22464826/780×520.jpeg


    Your music set is meh. This photo http://media.cmcdn.net/22010400/780×520.jpeg is the strongest compositionally, but is a bit soft and grainy.

    Now I’m going to go through and just comment a bit on some of your other photos, and give you some tips for the future.

    Couple under gazebo on beach (both photos) –  In these photos, fill flash would have helped a bit, to help tame the blown-out background and keep the faces light. You might be able to bring up and color-correct their faces in PS/LR, but fixing it in camera would be ideal. The second image would probably be better if you had stepped a bit to the right, centering the older man between the couple, as well as separating the subjects from the gazebo.

    Gazebo on beach- http://media.cmcdn.net/22464799/780×520.jpeg – This image would be interesting if the horizon were straight; right now it just feels really off-balance.

    People holding sparklers- This feels like it could be a stock image. It probably could have been framed a little wider, but it’s still pretty well executed.

    Guitar neck/headstock – This is probably a bit too dark, as well as a rather uninteresting composition (IMO)

    Ring in biscuit – I think your focus is a bit off, or your lens is soft: the ring seems to be out of focus.

    2 men playing banjo and guitar –  this probably would be better if you hadn’t tried to get both of them in the same frame

    People playing instruments (shot through door) – Framing your subject within doors/windows/architectural elements is a useful technique, but in this image, your subjects are way overexposed. In situations like this, spot metering would have been helpful, as would using a preset exposure (since the lighting in the room seems static), metered from a bit closer.

    The next two images on your “Music” page seem to lack a real focus.

    Man playing violin http://media.cmcdn.net/22010398/780×1170.jpeg –  I like this composition, but it isn’t well executed, and is way out of focus.

    Men outside with “JAZZ” spelled with sparklers- The subjects don’t seem to stand out very much from the background; a higher or lower angle may have been better, or a rim light. In addition, they seem a bit underexposed.

    Young man playing upright bass – Whenever a subject is looking out of the frame, you should be careful that they’re looking across the frame and not directly out, since it helps draw the viewer’s eye around the image. In addition, the reflection off the scroll seems to distract from the musician because of its brightness. Obviously, color balance is also an issue in this image, but you should be able to correct it in PS/LR, using a neutral area like the tape on the microphone to set your balance.

    Worst Case Scenario

    Well, I’ve never seen a wedding ring stuck in scone before!  But unless the groom was a baker I can’t see the point.

    Everything else, has been done  before, and probably done better. Theres nothing terrible, but nothing jumps out as amazing either. Keep the boring job for now and keep practicing. My favourite is the gazebo on the beach in daytime, but it needs some post process to give it some punch. My least favourite is the baby with the wedding ring and the weird genitalia.


    Nothing terrible? Are we looking at the same set of images?

    Is just awful.

    *EDIT: So apparently linking to your photos doesn’t work. It’s the one of the baby in the guitar case.

    I’m sorry but I don’t see anything there worth paying for anyways.

    Worst Case Scenario

    Nothing terrible? Are we looking at the same set of images?

    New year resolution to be nice for at least 20 mins. Yup the baby in a case is pretty bad but at least it’s not spot coloured with a white vignette and fairy wings


    When photographing live music, it is easy to let the autofocus zero in on the microphone. Chose your focus point carefully.

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