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Steve Moody
 

Can I get some critiques?


I would just like a few people to critique a photo that I did. Also if anyone can tell me how to make it show up in the post I would appreciate it. Its the one in my gallery titled Bored at the Park.


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6/1/2005 10:00:48 AM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  I think the image is too stagnant, a problem because your subject is in the middle of the photo. Use Rule of thirds, bracket to determine whether the subject looks better offset left or right.

There are no catchlights in the eyes. This is difficult to achieve, but once your in Photoshop, you can easily add them.

I don't get the Title, based on your subject's expression. I think it's anything but bored!

Exposure good; it's hard to say whether you could/have used aflash to add highlighting.


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6/1/2005 10:25:23 AM

 
Steve Moody   Yeah I didn't like the way he was in the middle but there were distracting things off to either side of him.

I didn't use a flash so that's why there's no catchlight. How would I go about adding them?

He was just laying at the bottom of the slide like he was bored. Everytime he sees a camera though he has to smile a little even if I tell him not to.

Everytime I used the flash it reflected off the slide. It was starting to get dark so it was probably not the best time to tak the picture but its seemed like a good pose.

Thanks for the critique. I'll look into adding catchlights. I still need to learn to use the flash more effectively. This was my first real picture with a decent camera and I've learned a lot already since I took it.


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6/1/2005 11:10:18 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Steve, the "rule" doesn't apply to all situations. I wouldn't crop anything out of you photo. You did a good job of getting in close and filling the frame with your subject. Moving him left or right would require leaving something out. Leave as is. Don't overdo trying to add catch lights. You were shooting toward evening with no flash. Adding catch lights would be creating an artificial environment. The title needs some work, but that's completely your call; after all, it's your photo. Good shot.
John


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6/1/2005 11:21:16 AM

 
Doug  Elliott
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/18/2004
  Steve
John S and John R both have some very good suggestions. First evening is great time to shoot. It has the most color saturation of the day. An easy way to put catch lights in his eyes to face him a little towards the sun. Second, is use a reflector like a Chameleon from Photogenic. It adds the catch lights with out washing out the picture as a flash will do. If you have, set up and take the time to do off camera flash. Feather the flash so only the rim of the light illuminates the subject. A good fill for this would be 2 stops under your normal exposure. Another idea is to reverse your positions. You lie on the ground and shoot up the slide with him heading towards you with his head turned towards the sun. That way you give the viewer an idea of what he is doing.
The rollercoaster shot is weak. Go re-shoot it, it a good idea. Focus on the people in the coaster and try to get the first car the opening of the grid work. Experiment, shoot some images at a high shutter speed and stop the action. Then try some at a slow shutter speed and give motion to you image. If you can find a vantage point where you can shoot the above use a flash with your slow shutter speeds stopping the action but still giving motion to the image.
Keep shooting.
Doug


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6/2/2005 9:56:30 AM

 
Doug  Elliott
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/18/2004
  Steve
John S and John R both have some very good suggestions. First evening is great time to shoot. It has the most color saturation of the day. An easy way to put catch lights in his eyes to face him a little towards the sun. Second, is use a reflector like a Chameleon from Photogenic. It adds the catch lights with out washing out the picture as a flash will do. If you have, set up and take the time to do off camera flash. Feather the flash so only the rim of the light illuminates the subject. A good fill for this would be 2 stops under your normal exposure. Another idea is to reverse your positions. You lie on the ground and shoot up the slide with him heading towards you with his head turned towards the sun. That way you give the viewer an idea of what he is doing.
The rollercoaster shot is weak. Go re-shoot it, it a good idea. Focus on the people in the coaster and try to get the first car the opening of the grid work. Experiment, shoot some images at a high shutter speed and stop the action. Then try some at a slow shutter speed and give motion to you image. If you can find a vantage point where you can shoot the above use a flash with your slow shutter speeds stopping the action but still giving motion to the image.
Keep shooting.
Doug


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6/2/2005 9:56:44 AM

 
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