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New to photography. Critique please!

 
boomjuice1
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Mar 26, 2012 16:55 |  #1

Hi guys,

So after weeks of reading hundreds of magazines, thousands of articles online and trawling through this great forum for tips and ideas... I finally took my (first) DSLR camera out to take some photos!

I spent a weekend in The lake District and a weekend on the Dorset Coast, and below are some of the photos I took.

I then used all my brand new Nik-software to edit the photos.

Below are the results. Critique is welcome, like I said I'v only been doing this for a month so still learning!

P.S First shots are HDR


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Mar 26, 2012 16:56 |  #2

And two more....


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Mar 26, 2012 16:59 |  #3

The first one is nice, but the sky is way overdone. You've oversaturated the entire image, but it would be okay if the sky wasn't so over the top. As a new user there is a tendency to want to push every image to the edge of its capacity, but then you find yourself going too far. Repeat this to yourself when you are editing an image "just because I can, doesn't mean I should." In a few months you will look back and realize you were trying a bit too hard with the post processing.




  
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Mar 26, 2012 17:05 |  #4

I am no pro, consider me to be like a consumer buying your product.

I really like all of your images and have nothing more to offer on all but the first than "keep up the good work!" I really like the cold steeliness of the third image. On the second through the last, the composition of the photo draws my eyes into the frame. I love the light in the second. I also like the light and very interesting sky in the last. All good elements - to my untrained eye.

The first I also like but I find my eye drawn to the right of the frame - away from the image. The colors are fantastic.

I'm sure others will have more constructive criticism but for my money, excellent work.


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Mar 26, 2012 17:06 |  #5

Sorry - I didn't even notice the sky in the first but gonzo is right - a little over the top.


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Mar 26, 2012 17:09 |  #6

Hey Gonzo,

Thanks for your comments.

I totally agree with you - I'm still trying to get to grips with all the new software, so I literally spend ages with the saturation, sharpening and the noise reduction tools. I finally get to the point where I like the photo but then I keep going just to see what additional results I get.

I'm well and truly hooked though, so hopefully over time and a bit of practice I'll start pulling of some decent shots!




  
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Mar 26, 2012 17:12 |  #7

boomjuice1 wrote in post #14157841 (external link)
P.S First shots are HDR

This was unnecessary to say as it's quite obvious. I would caution you not to fall into the HDR trap. You should work on composition, understanding exposure and learning all about your camera and such before you go diving into HDR. These shots are all overprocessed and don't look very appealing because of it. Also it looks like most are over saturated and over sharpened.

HDR can be beneficial, but IMO it should not look like HDR when you are done - it should look natural. Others don't think so and like the unrealistic looking side of things. But as you are just starting I think that you should start with the basics and build from there and not worry too much about all the extra software and processing and such.


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Mar 26, 2012 17:13 |  #8

Thanks Dan,

To be honest, peoples personal opinions are usually as valuable as in depth critique! Sometimes is just nice to know that people like a photo you've taken... especially at the infant stage I'm at!




  
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Mar 26, 2012 17:17 |  #9

hi, newby here. What software were you using? Great landscapes, what was your focal point on the second picture?




  
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Mar 26, 2012 19:09 |  #10

welcome newby. i concur with what the others have said. however i do like the subtle colors of #2.

they are all very nice


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Mar 27, 2012 06:25 as a reply to  @ Steve Wintrow's post |  #11

You don't need a slew of software plug-ins to create a nice image. In several images, you pushed things too far...over-saturation and/or heavy use of the vibrance slider, contrast pushed too far. The HDRs are showing some halo-ing at the contrasty edges, etc. An image that's been properly composed and exposed should require very little adjustment.


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Mar 27, 2012 08:00 |  #12

Hey guys,

Appreciate all your honest feedback! Looks like theres a running trend that I've gone to far with the processing of the photographs - I'll try and resist the urge to play around to much with the software and concentrate on making the camera do the work.

Again, thanks for all your feedback - I'll keep at it and share some more photos soon!




  
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Mar 27, 2012 18:09 |  #13

boomjuice1 wrote in post #14161568 (external link)
Hey guys,

Appreciate all your honest feedback! Looks like theres a running trend that I've gone to far with the processing of the photographs - I'll try and resist the urge to play around to much with the software and concentrate on making the camera do the work.

Again, thanks for all your feedback - I'll keep at it and share some more photos soon!

Start there! Worry about software more when you're starting to get those nice shots straight out of the camera. It's much easier to learn if you post lightly edited shots and see what people think - there is a ton that can be fixed in the camera and that's where you need to start. Once you've done everything you can in the camera, then you can start to work with the software to enhance and improve what you can get. This doesn't mean you can't still play around - but for critique sake, posting images that are edited with a much lighter hand will help you much more in the long run.


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