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May 29, 2012 22:25 |  #1

Hello everyone, I am new to photography. Composition is always a big problem for me. Can you guys kindly give some comments on my photos? I appreciate for any inputs.

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May 30, 2012 00:03 |  #2

Like the second one, bold simple shapes.
On the critical side, straighten horizons.


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May 30, 2012 00:06 |  #3

I like #2. Composition wise someone might ask what the subject is though. The fence is more prominent than the person, but the person appears more compelling. So the two kind of compete for attention. Also the horizon isn't level, which people expect from water shots. The sunset looks pretty awesome.




  
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May 30, 2012 00:16 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #4

On the first one, you were using a good compositional element but it didn't quite work. I see you were using the fence for leading lines, which often works well. But the fence doesn't really lead to anything in particular. And but for the fence, the image really doesn't have something for the viewer to focus on. I would also suggest going with a wider depth of field (aka, smaller aperture) if you're going to use leading lines like the fence. Otherwise, your lines lead to something that's blurred. So, a wider depth of field with a target for the fence line would improve this shot. On the second one, as the other reply noted, you really have to straighten that horizon. I too like the simplicity of the composition and how it conveys mood. I would try cropping out much of the sky, and maybe even the over-exposed sun, to simplify it even further. Give it a try and see what you think. Also, keep looking at photos and asking yourself what you like and why. That's a good way to learn composition. And keep shooting and asking!


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May 30, 2012 00:27 as a reply to  @ Randy1213's post |  #5

My 2 cents (for what its worth) - on the first the height of the camera is just right, but I would have walked closer to that part of the fence where is angles off to the left. This would allow me to still get the fence top perspective you've captured, but I would see more of the nice sandy beach on the right and less of the grassy area on the left.

For the second, I'd say you pulled about all you can out the shot - but as mentioned before, straighten your horizon. Also, you might be breaking the rule of thirds a little, but I wouldn't mind seeing just a tad more dark foreground at the bottom of the picture.

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May 30, 2012 01:06 |  #6

I think with most images, trying to explain what your vision was and what your trying to show by taking a picture of it is is a good start. Agree with the horizons too.


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May 30, 2012 10:35 |  #7

I want to thank you all for great suggestions and comments.

Yes I do need to be careful about level when shooting. One of your best suggestion I think is about the subject, the idea of the picture. I don't often think about when I shoot. I normally just frame what I saw beautiful and record them. That's a must think in the future. I like the blurring effect DSLR creates. Seems that currently the blur is not in harmony with what I shot.

As of the fence/people in #2 pic, I see Gators1 think that's competing. Do you guys think it better to just shoot people and leave the fence out of the view?

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May 30, 2012 16:37 |  #8

skycolt wrote in post #14505887 (external link)
I want to thank you all for great suggestions and comments.

Yes I do need to be careful about level when shooting. One of your best suggestion I think is about the subject, the idea of the picture. I don't often think about when I shoot. I normally just frame what I saw beautiful and record them. That's a must think in the future. I like the blurring effect DSLR creates. Seems that currently the blur is not in harmony with what I shot.

As of the fence/people in #2 pic, I see Gators1 think that's competing. Do you guys think it better to just shoot people and leave the fence out of the view?

Thanks
Wenzhe


It's just a general rule of composition. You want one clearly defined subject in the picture that the viewer will be drawn to first. If you just shoot a scene with a bunch of stuff you think is cool, the viewer tends to get lost looking at it and wondering what you wanted them to see in your picture. If the subject isn't the most prominent thing in the photo, the viewer won't be drawn to it and the photo might be less compelling. You can have both the fence and the person in the picture, but in this case the fence is much larger than the person, so it draws the viewer's attention first. I think the person is most compelling in this shot because they are walking along with their head down and kind of slouched while seemingly ignoring a beautiful sunset. So it makes you wonder what they are thinking or what happened to them.

The fence itself makes an interesting subject as well. It might be interesting to see what it would look like if you photoshopped out the person in one version and the fence in another and then compare all three. Which one looks the most interesting to you? The rules are not hard and fast and you can shoot however you want. I like the picture even with the prominent fence, but just mentioned the comparison as you said you had issues with composition.




  
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May 30, 2012 19:49 |  #9

Straighten and crop and they'll both look good




  
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