Suggestions, Comments, Anything

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Matthew Del Buono, May 8, 2004.

  1. I'm up for any comments or suggestions that any of you might have that could
    develop my abilities as a photographer. I've put up some of my best pictures
    to http://darkroommaster.deviantart.com and would love it if anyone would
    give me suggestions. Thanks for the help

    -- Matt
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 8, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    Well, the shots I see there are very good. One piece of advice I can give,
    try to put as much "expression" into your work as you can. What I mean is,
    don't just take a photo of any old sunset, but YOUR vision of a sunset.
    Filters, oblique angles, all can help you create a unique view of something
    special.

    I think you'd be a great nature or landscape photographer. Keep shooting,
    and keep learning all that you can. It can only get better, right?
     
    Chris, May 8, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Very nice shots!

    Mike
     
    Mike Kohary, May 8, 2004
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    dadiOH Guest

    OK. Take the criticism as an attempt to show flaws and to help you
    see/overcome same. Consider negative comments as both one person's opinion
    and an opportunity to see your work through other's eyes.

    It takes a while - quite a while sometimes - to learn to see. Considering
    your age I think you are doing quite well.

    1. Aerial of Diamond Head/Kahala/Black Point: A snapshot, nothing more.
    Also way too blue IMO.

    2. Water against the rocks: keep the horizon horizontal. IMO, the picture
    would be stronger cropping at the top just below the horizon and on the
    right at the right edge of the driftwood.

    3. A second Hawaiian sunset: quite pretty. Generally, you will do well to
    avoid putting the center of interest (the sun in this case) in or near the
    center of the frame. In this particular photo, you might have improved it
    by swinging the camera to the right (showing more of the palms) so that the
    sun was approximately 1/3 of the way from the left edge. Additionally by
    tilting the camera so that the horizon was either about 1/3 of the way from
    the top or 1/3 of the way from the bottom. Need I repeat about horizons
    being horizontal? :)

    4. A Hawaiian sunset: <shrug>. Leaves me totally cold. Too much going on
    with the one palm tree on the left and fronds on the right. Toss this one,
    the sunset in #3 is _much_ better.

    5. A walk on the beach: again, quite pretty but static - a near miss. It
    can be cropped into a much, much better picture by cropping it vertically
    and putting the couple near the lower left corner. Now they are walking
    into the picture rather than out...now there is a contrast - a tension -
    between the people and the sky. The biggest problem with it now is the
    horizon bisecting the guys head. No way to stop it unless you had a ladder.
    Might have been better if your butt was waaaay low so the camera was on the
    ground.

    A Paris fashion photograper I knew (he invented umbrellas, btw) never talked
    about "creative" pictures. He _did_ talk about interesting pictures. I
    think he's right. Sometimes photographers get too wound up in art and
    neglect the interest, the impact, that makes one photograph a smash, another
    a snapshot.

    One easy way to make photographs more interesting is to never use a "normal"
    lens...use wide angle, use tele...use anything to show something in an
    unusual and interesting way. For the same reason, get up high and get down
    low. Use your feet...get up close, get far away...

    Spend some time with art books. Study the composition...see where things
    are placed and why...see what effect different compositions (crop them with
    your fingers) have on what the painting conveys, on your emotions.

    Each year, look at your stuff from the last year. Do you still like it?
    Why? You don't like it? Why? Above all else,

    Keep on clicking.

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    dadiOH, May 8, 2004
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  5. The shots are nice. I personally have a general dislike for sunsets,
    but that's just me (part of what I'm trying to say is that there is
    a lot of subjectivity in photography, like in any form of art).

    The only criticism I would give is that the quality (as in the
    "technical" quality of the images) is not particularly good.
    What equipment do you have? Good photography is not about good
    equipment of course -- you are the one that takes the pictures;
    a good camera alone doesn't do that. But the quality of the
    equipment does set a limitation on what you can obtain from it
    in terms of image quality. So, a combination of good eye/skills
    with a good camera is optimal to take great pictures.

    As for developing your abilities, well, just keep shooting and
    seeing your results with as much self-criticism as you can; keep
    seeing what other photographers (both professionals and hobbyists)
    do. And above all else, keep having fun while at it!

    Cheers,

    Carlos
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    Carlos Moreno, May 8, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Another comment: I would have preferred this picture have the people in
    complete sillohuette. I would Photoshop the people completely dark... This
    is still the best picture of the bunch, and I don't mind them walking out of
    the picture, though I would have composed this with the people even further
    in the corner.

    When I shoot landscapes, I always take time and effort to line up the
    horizon so it matches perfectly with the crosshairs in the viewfinder,
    ensuring the horizon will be level. The 3 photos without level horizons are
    also fixable in Photoshop, however, by rotating them slightly and cropping
    off the excess edges.

    You give good advice - even I took something from that. Thanks!

    Mike
     
    Mike Kohary, May 8, 2004
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    dadiOH Guest

    At least to the point where there is a true black somewhere. And if he
    doesn't have PhotoShop then IrfanView (or any other) will let him do the
    same thing.
    No hay de que...

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    dadiOH, May 8, 2004
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    Graytown Guest

    Excellent advice Chris...

    Good to see people like you around this place...

    Rohit
    http://www.graytown.ca
    Design - Photography - Hospitality Marketing Solutions
     
    Graytown, May 9, 2004
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  9. With respect to "A Walk on the Beach":
    Well considering I took this picture when I was 13, with the comments you
    gave I feel pretty satisfied. Yes, since then I have learned the theory of
    dividing the frame into 9 equal parts and positioning the "active" points of
    the photo in the intersections between the four adjacent parts (as you
    referred to 1/3 from the left and 1/3 from the top).

    Unfortunately, I didn't know much about photoshop. I have since talked to my
    uncle (a photoshop teacher) and have been able to doctor my pictures a
    bit... Thanks for the help!

    And yes I take constructive criticism very calmly. I, myself, give it out
    frequently...

    -- Matt
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 12, 2004
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