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Linda Buchanan
 

Honest Gallery Critique Please


I have just in the last few months switched to digital. I am seeking honest critique on my gallery. Thank you so much for all your help.


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3/1/2006 11:52:53 AM

 
David M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
  well, since you mentioned that you recently switched from film to digital, I am going to assume you want critique on the quality of the image, not the composition...

looks like you have the color space set to Adobe RGB, colors are flat, no zip, no bang... There is another thread here regarding sRGB vs Adobe... please don't bring that question up here ;-)

what is your camera? are you adjusting the images at all? are you shooting jpg or raw?

I you are indeed using sRGB and shooting jpg's, you need to either change some setting in the camera, or do some post processing, to saturate the colors more. Several of the pics would benefit with some contrast adjustment or adjustment to the shadows via "levels". this would give what you have some punch... post processing is actually necessary to get good results via digital... what comes straight from the camera can almost always be improved.


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3/1/2006 12:13:56 PM

 
Linda Buchanan   Hmmm, you sound like someone else. Thanks for your answer.


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3/1/2006 12:31:52 PM

 
David M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
  Hmmm????

could be you are confusing me with the forum groupies so I updated my profile and uploaded some pics... maybe now I will be taken seriously???

have a nice day!


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3/1/2006 1:45:09 PM

 
Linda Buchanan   You are correct, and I apologize. Thank you for your critique. A nice day to you too!


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3/1/2006 1:56:34 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey linda,
shooting outside in bright light will wash out your photos.look for the softer early morning or late evening light.depending on the weather that softer light could range from a very light yellow cast all the way over to a darker gold color,much more complimentary.just a general tip to keep in mind in all your shots.
sam


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3/1/2006 3:06:36 PM

 
Slim Brady 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/1/2006
  what sam said on the lighting and maybe some sharpening


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3/1/2006 5:52:39 PM

 
David M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
 
 
 
I hope you don't mind, but I thought I could demonstrate what some quick post processing can do to an existing photo...

I captured the low resolution image of your photo and ran it through a couple editing steps in ACDSee (I think the free Picassa from Google has the same tools too) I adjusted the levels, saturated the color a little, adjusted the hue, removed a little green, finished with some sharpening.. took about 1 minute. Obviously, since you were there when the picture was taken, you could make it look "late afternoon" or whatever.

Like I said, I hope you don't freak out that I used your pic as the example...

what do you think?



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3/1/2006 6:13:35 PM

 
David M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
  I take back my advice, my gallery, and my time on this website... half the people on this forum are fake...

bye


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3/1/2006 10:32:00 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  David indicated he'd comment on image quality, not composition. So, I'll address composition, and offer some comments on overall quality of the pictures.

The images of the flowers seem to have been taken using the digital digital zoom feature of your camera. As such, petals of the flowers appear to have been cut off.

Now, if I'm wrong and it was your intent to crop, I think I'd like to know what you started with. To often, cropping [using the digital zoom feature] just takes too much out of the image.

Petit Jean Fall and PJF2 are, to me, simply boring. Color is the apparent subject, but there's nothing to knock one's socks off. The colors, themselves, need sprucing by color and contrast adjustment. Even then, these images need a real subject.

Lake Wilhelmina shows the problem when one uses wide angle lenses. There's nothing to relate to; you need a person in a canoe or rowboat, something to give the image perspective. Also, there's just too much sky and/or water. Avoid having the horizon in the middle of your pictures, as a general rule. Of course, sometimes, you might want to break any rule - but, in this instance, the image is hurt.

Petiti Jean Mountain - again, there's just to much dull scenery without a real subject. You might try selecting the background with the Marquis Tool and selectively adjusting color to balance foreground and background to make a more vibrant image. This image has the most "possibilities" of the images you've posted.

Keep going and posting more. Photography is a continuing learning experience.


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3/2/2006 8:19:49 AM

 
Linda Buchanan   The flowers were not cropped, I used a 60mm Canon macro lens. The tulips were shot in raw, the rose in jpeg. What should I have done differently there?


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3/2/2006 2:20:21 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  I think you could have looked through the view finder to check on exactly what you wanted. That's the only thing I can think of. As to RAW > jpeg - I'm clueless since I scan prints, negs and slides. No digicam.


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3/2/2006 2:38:10 PM

 
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