BetterPhoto Q&A
Category: New Questions

Photography Question 
Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004

Anyone willing to critique me?!

I know I may be asking for trouble, but I was hoping to gain some knowledge!! If anyone is willing to critque some photos in my gallery I'd REALLY appreciate it. I have a long ways to go with my photography, and I've only really been doing it since about september 2004, but I would still like to know what other people think. I get my new camera in a few days so Im hoping that will help too!! My camera now is a kodak easyshare, p&s of course, and just doesnt cut it! Thank you so much to those who respond. (and dont be too harsh, OK?!!) :o)

To love this question, log in above
7/16/2005 6:50:44 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
I truly think your work is wonderful , you seem to me to have a very good eye.
there are a couple that I thought wouuld be better in the horizontal.Happiness and the creek one(?)
But other then that, I would suggest learning about posing subjects-I have a couple friends A professor at the University SD. and A women who Graduated with honors from the UCLA with her masters in Photography that tell me it is a true shame that they don't teach it in the schools anymore, but to learn it will always make you a cut above the rest.
Both we're very excited when I started teaching classes and then developed the books . Now they use them and the other resources we've talked about to teach others .
well I do hope this helps,
Debby Tabb

To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 8:02:52 AM

Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  Thanks Debby! Yes, that helps alot. In fact, any comments help! You know, Im normally really maticulous about things being "straight" when they're supposed to be, and I didnt even notice it in the "happiness" picture. Thanks for pointing it out!

To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 8:57:15 AM

Tamara Lynn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2005
  my favorite is happiness

To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 9:07:37 AM

Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004

You have a good eye. I would get the book "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson which really helps understand metering and will help you in sunset shots, etc...You're loosing a lot of detail that compromises the photos (the couple is hard to see for instance).

I love some of your work. Remember to not always center things (you don't--but I see it in a lot of your flowers) and zoom in for a tight composition on some things. I love the picture happiness. I personally don't think it would be better on the horizontal because you would loose the rays of shadows from the tress. I think the horizon line just needs to be straightened and the picture cropped slightly to put the boy directly in a sweet spot (rule of thirds or golden mean).

Keep up the good work.


To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 9:29:43 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey jennifer,
you got some good advice,why not look in their galleries and see their wonderful work.
the time of day makes a big difference when you want better karma said,i first thought some of your pictures were a little out of focus,but it's the light.
like your dreamy staircase,if you could go when it's foggy,it might give it more of a dreamy effect.
don't worry about people being too harsh here,if it's not a good comment they usually won't say anything.
so now pick out a gallery and see what it's like to critique someones don't have to tell that person,but I think it helps with your own pictures as well.
ok? sam

To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 12:30:48 PM

John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Jennifer, I can't add much to what the others have said. You've got the eye and that's the main thing. The technical details will come with training and practice.

You didn't say what your new camera will be. I'm not sure if you could lock in an exposure with the easy-share, but your sunset photos will improve if your new camera allows that. I wholeheartedly agree that Brian Petersen's 'Understanding Exposure" is a great work. You will have to do a little translation from film slr, but he also addresses non-SLR cameras.

What is your impression of NYIP?


To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 12:57:23 PM

Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  Thanks again everyone for your responses!

The camera I bought is a Canon digital rebel XT. There's not much I can do with the easyshare, but honestly, I never bothered much with the settings. I will definitely be playing around with my new cameras settings! My impression of NYIP so far- I LOVE it! I have learned SO much already and Im only going on Unit 3. I really like it!

To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 1:06:59 PM

No Contact   
You have some very nice photos there.
Itís not the camera that makes a picture perfect,
Itís the person's eye behind the camera.
If you just started, as you stated, you doing
a good job! Keep it up, you will only learn
by doing. So, keep taken photos.
Try more candid shots with children.

To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 3:03:26 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  holger, do very nice work,i checked your gallery.impressive!

To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 3:44:33 PM

Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2004
  Hello Jennifer.
Very well done. You are off to a good start in your career. It seems you have been bitten by the photography bug and by the look of your work it's a fact that you "get it"!
You'll love the challenges ahead with the creative choices that will become available from using your new equipment. I wish you good luck and success, it wasn't long ago I was in your shoes and today, well tonight to be exact, I'm sitting here editing photos from this weeks client shoots.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.


To love this comment, log in above
7/16/2005 5:23:41 PM

Log in to respond or ask your own question.