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5 months of taking this serious - how am I doing?

 
m.shalaby
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May 30, 2011 11:58 |  #1

So I've had an SLR for 2 years, but only really taken it serious for the past 5 months.

Here's a quick look at my past 5 months of work - how am I doing overall? Any brief words of C&C?

http://www.flickriver.​com/photos/45488776@N0​3/ (external link)




  
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May 30, 2011 12:23 |  #2

As far as your portrait work on Flickr is concerned, I think you are doing just fine. :)




  
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May 30, 2011 16:36 |  #3

Why has the girl in picture #2 got a fence pole protruding from the top of her head? Otherwise, not a bad start although you may care to be slightly more selective in deciding which images to retain and which to delete.

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May 30, 2011 16:41 |  #4

I really like your pictures, I think they're beautifu! Care to share your lighting on the first set (number 4)? Natural only??


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May 30, 2011 21:32 |  #5

They look pretty good, but the black level in the B&W shots isn't consistent & is just a dark gray in some.


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May 30, 2011 23:08 |  #6
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I think they look nice. It seems you relied too much on shallow DOF and smooth bokeh as a background...:)


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May 30, 2011 23:55 |  #7

^ and that's bad because...?

I like it. He's right though, I think you're more than ready to start playing with more interesting surroundings to help you tell an even better story. Right now your photos feel 'nice', but I think there's a lot more emotion still untapped.


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May 31, 2011 08:00 |  #8

PhotosGuy wrote in post #12506552 (external link)
They look pretty good, but the black level in the B&W shots isn't consistent & is just a dark gray in some.

are you talking about the "Chris" shoot? or all of my b/w conversions in general?

if specific to the "Chris" shoot - I tried my best to keep them all the same, but it was tough to keep them all identical.

if your talking about all of my b/w conversions - you really think they all should be identical from shoot to shoot?




  
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May 31, 2011 08:01 |  #9

TooManyShots wrote in post #12507081 (external link)
I think they look nice. It seems you relied too much on shallow DOF and smooth bokeh as a background...:)

my "Chris" shoot was nothing but f5.6 and above...  ???

I tried! :(




  
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May 31, 2011 08:03 |  #10

Woodworker wrote in post #12505216 (external link)
Why has the girl in picture #2 got a fence pole protruding from the top of her head? Otherwise, not a bad start although you may care to be slightly more selective in deciding which images to retain and which to delete.

David

you right on the mark. this is exactly what I do i post a bunch from a shoot on my flickr... dwell on them for a day or two and after looking them over mulitple times,the "best" really shine through.

(as you can see, the fence shots, all but 1 are gone).

I typically do this for all of my shoots. I'll process photo's which I feel are 'strong', but really only keep 'the best'.




  
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May 31, 2011 08:05 |  #11

Ryan1524 wrote in post #12507304 (external link)
^ and that's bad because...?

I like it. He's right though, I think you're more than ready to start playing with more interesting surroundings to help you tell an even better story. Right now your photos feel 'nice', but I think there's a lot more emotion still untapped.

Thank you - I really have got into a funk with models - shooting "outdoors and natural light" - I really want to get more diverse and technical - especially with strobe lighting.

It stinks because I live up in north NJ (right near NYC). And so far most of the models I have worked with are from NYC and cannot travel into NJ due to not having a car and only use mass transit - so I've had to play in their field. So most of the time I'm traveling, and traveling 'light' (a few lenses).

But yes, your dead on - I like the work I've done, but I'm ready to do something different - mostly with strobes and get creative with lighting.




  
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May 31, 2011 10:16 |  #12

m.shalaby wrote in post #12508506 (external link)
if your talking about all of my b/w conversions - you really think they all should be identical from shoot to shoot?

This series: http://www.flickr.com …/45488776@N03/5​749497044/ (external link)

"Black" should be black. "Gray" should be gray, no?


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May 31, 2011 11:05 |  #13

Love your photostream. Great shots.

I agree, though, that your street photography is pretty much entirely head shots with blurred background. To get an idea what people are talking about check out some of the greats. I'm a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bressen. Now that you seem to have a very solid grasp of photo technique, try capturing people in natural moments.

Your model work is great, though. I bookmarked several of your photos to use as ideas later.


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May 31, 2011 12:30 |  #14

boclcown wrote in post #12509411 (external link)
Love your photostream. Great shots.

I agree, though, that your street photography is pretty much entirely head shots with blurred background. To get an idea what people are talking about check out some of the greats. I'm a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bressen. Now that you seem to have a very solid grasp of photo technique, try capturing people in natural moments.

Your model work is great, though. I bookmarked several of your photos to use as ideas later.

^ The headshots are just that. Its on purpose and supposed to be just that. Its my "Strangers Project" - all of those are complete strangers off the street I asked to take photo's of.




  
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May 31, 2011 12:36 |  #15

m.shalaby wrote in post #12504002 (external link)
So I've had an SLR for 2 years, but only really taken it serious for the past 5 months.

Here's a quick look at my past 5 months of work - how am I doing overall? Any brief words of C&C?

http://www.flickriver.​com/photos/45488776@N0​3/ (external link)

Could you define "serious"? Are you looking at it as a business? Or an artist?

What were your goals? Did you give yourself 5 months to meet them? More? Less?

Do YOU think you met them?

Did you have any goals? Something must have clicked for you (npi), because you put yourself on the clock (5 months). What was it that changed?

You have taken some nice photos, and gotten some input. But if you want real "meat and potatos" stuff, you need to tell us where you expect to be.

Then we can tell you if we think you are there yet.


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