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Hazel H. Cromer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005
 

Critique of my Gallery Please


Hello all. I am an amateur in photography, but really want to grow. I would like for you to view my gallery and give me the honest opinions of my pictures. I appreciate the nice comments I have received through my contest postings, but I feel my gallery to be flat and need advice on how to improve. Thank you for your help.


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6/29/2005 5:46:12 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
HI HAZEL,
I THINK THAT YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL EYE.
YOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHYIS BEAUTIFUL AND THE LIGHTHOUSES(WITCH ARE A FAVORITE OF MINE) ARE BEAUTIFULY CENTRED.
NOW , I DON'T TRULY KNOW WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CAPTURE IN THE PORTRAITS(WEATHER PORTRAIT OR CANDID) GYM GOSIP IS OBVIOUSLY A CANDID-" BUT THREE GENERATION"- IF IT IS A PORTRAIT , YOU SHOULD ANGLE THE BODIES A LITTLE MORE TOWARD THE CAMERA, AND HAVE MOM, BRING HER NOSE TOWARD THE CAMERA, GIVING YOU TWO FULL FACES AND A HEAD TILT TOWARDS THE CHILD WILL BRING THIS TO A NICE APPEALING AND LOVING PORTRAIT-(IF IT IS A CANDID THEN IT IS A CUTE SHOT)
DADDY'S LITTLE DIVA IS REALLY NICE JUST HAVE DAD TILT TOWARD HIS CHILD AND SEE HOW THE PICTURE BECOMES A PORTRAIT OF A FATHER AND HIS CHILD.ALSO (I CAN'T REMEMBER) BUT IF I WERE TO POSE THIS SHOT I WOULD HAVE HAD DAD ONE ONE KNEE(KEEP THE POSE ) BUT EXTEND HIS ELBOW TOWARD HIS KNEE, THIS WILL GIVE A WINDOW ( WINDOWS HELP PEOPLE TO LOOK THINER) AND GIVE THE PORTRAIT DEPTH.
AS FOR THE "BD GIRL" AGAIN I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS CANDID- IF YOU WANT IT TO BE MORE OF A PORTRAIT THEN POSE HER, THE SHOT WAS TAKEN TO HIGH(THOUGH YOU DO HAVE A FULL FACE ) THE SHOT IS NOT AT EYE LEVEL-ALSO, REMEMBER TO GIVE THOSE WINDOWS- SEE HOW SHE LOOKS STRAIGHT ALL ONE COLOR AND STRAIGHT BODIED- YOU CAN GIVE HER FORM LIFE BY POSEING THE HANDS IN THE LAP OR ONE ON THE HIP/ OR ONE IN THE LAP AND THE ONE CLOSEST TO THE CAMERA ON THE KNEE AND HAVE HER LEAN TOWARDS YOU- THESE TYPES OF POSES GIVE YOU THE WINDOWS THAT GIVE SHAPE TO YOUR SUBJECT AND CAN GIVE DEPTH TO YOUR PORTRAIT.
I HAVE LOOKED ON THIS COMPUTER AND THESE ARE ALL I HAVE HERE-POOR EXAMPLES BUT I WILL POST THEM.
SO GIVE THIS A TRY AND SEE IF YOU SEE A DIFFERENCE. I DO LOVE YOUR WORK AND WILL ENJOY SEEING YOU POST MORE- IF YOU NEED ANY HELP ,JUST ASK,
DEBBY


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6/29/2005 7:39:58 AM

 
Hazel H. Cromer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005
  Hi Debby. Thank you for giving me some great advice along with the compliments.

I have not done any posing...just candids. I want to do some poses though. I do remember now my wedding photographer telling me to move my arm to let a little light in ("Window"). I understand why now...Thank you.

I see that Birthday Smiles would have been better at a little lower level. She had come down the slide and I tried to catch her sitting at the end. It would have been better at her eye level and given her some windows.

I looked at your sites and am amazed. I now notice the little "unthought about" things you mentioned and how they make a HUGE difference. Thank you for the advice. This is the type of advice I was looking for. I can't wait to use this as I try some more pictures.
Hazel


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6/29/2005 10:33:04 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  HEY HAZEL,
I WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO POST MORE- IF YOU NEED ANY HELP IN THIS AREA, I WILL BE MORE THEN GLAD TO HELP.
I HAVE TAUGHT POSING FOR YEARS AND HAVE WROTE A FEW BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT- AND IT IS ALWAYS SO FUN TO WATCH SOMEONE CREATE A PORTRAIT AND REALLY START TO HAVE FUN POSING THE HUMAN FORM.
IT IS SOMETIMES HARD TO SEE IF SOMEONES INTENT WAS TO CREATE A PORTRAIT OR IF THE SHOT CAUGHT WAS INDEED A CANDID, SO THEN INPUT CAN BE DIFFICULT.
THANK YOU FOR POSTING BACK AND SHARING WITH ME AS WELL,
DEBBY


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6/29/2005 12:46:32 PM

 
Daniel Diaz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
 
 
 
Hi Hazel, I just went through your gallery and have two suggestions.
1. You have to do some post processing after the fact, such as in photoshop,adjusting contrast a little saturation and using unsharp mask to bring out more detail.
2. Crop your pictures alittle tighter and try to follow the the rule of thirds. That is try to offset your pictures away from the center if at all possible, it is more visually appealling. Unless you are filling the frame like in this example.
This is one of yours, I hope you don't mind. I did all of the suggestions I mentioned above. E-mail me if you'd like to know what kind of settings I used or for any other questions. Keep shooting your doing good!!!


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6/29/2005 2:40:25 PM

 
Hazel H. Cromer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005
  Hi Daniel. Thank you for your post picture ideas. This will help with some of my previous pictures I have already taken. I have Microsoft Picture It 10 Premium that I have used to practice editing. I really want to get Photoshop though since I have been using this site. That owl picture looks much better. It now doesn't get lost in the picture. Thank you for the ideas. I will play with Picture It some more to try and improve my pictures. Thanks.
Hazel


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6/29/2005 2:58:22 PM

 
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