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Oct 04, 2012 16:36 |  #1

Hello my fellow photographers,

I didn't post anything in a while and for a reason; it's now a year since i officially became a photographer and i was wondering if i made some noticeable progress, in your opinion. You can find one of my first gigs in this thread https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1185377 so you can take a peek to make a comparison.

P.S. I try to "enforce" a photo journalistic style whenever i can, since it is my style of choice rather than a "look me in the lens" philosophy :)

Thank you all in advance for comments and criticism.

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Oct 04, 2012 16:36 |  #2

And four more :)

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Oct 04, 2012 22:06 |  #3

I love taking candids, in this set number 2 is my favorite, but your "older" set overall seems better to me...




  
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Oct 05, 2012 05:50 |  #4

tmoore323 wrote in post #15081584 (external link)
I love taking candids, in this set number 2 is my favorite, but your "older" set overall seems better to me...

Thank you for your comment :) Would you mind telling me what in particular did you prefer in the first set, compared to this newer one?


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Oct 05, 2012 09:25 |  #5

These are all super shots - and this coming from someone who isn't a people photo person :)
Don't be afraid to clone out (or crop) distractions around edges like the young hand above. I usually ask people to remove sunglasses in family or portrait shots (couple and baby). Some of your whites are overexposed.
Very nice shots...nicely framed.....your 2nd set appears to be less "snap shot" perhaps.




  
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Oct 05, 2012 09:48 as a reply to  @ Spike44's post |  #6

Even Candids sometimes need a hand in composition, light and straight horizontals?
I like the little girl laughing(#6), best for me out of all of them.With this many photos, numbering them is helpful.


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Oct 05, 2012 10:53 |  #7

HEBPEME wrote in post #15082403 (external link)
Thank you for your comment :) Would you mind telling me what in particular did you prefer in the first set, compared to this newer one?

Most of this set is soft, and very cluttered - the last set they seem a lot sharper and better compositions.




  
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Oct 08, 2012 06:25 |  #8

Spike44 wrote in post #15082960 (external link)
These are all super shots - and this coming from someone who isn't a people photo person :)
Don't be afraid to clone out (or crop) distractions around edges like the young hand above. I usually ask people to remove sunglasses in family or portrait shots (couple and baby). Some of your whites are overexposed.
Very nice shots...nicely framed.....your 2nd set appears to be less "snap shot" perhaps.

Thank you very much, Spike! I am glad you like the shots :)
You're absolutely right about the distractions suggestion; however, on that particular photo with that kid's hand, i couldn't crop it out since it takes a large portion of the frame :( But i like the moment of that little girl laughing so much, that i left it as it is :)
As for the whites, you could be right. I will check the histogram.
Thanks again :)


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Oct 08, 2012 07:20 |  #9

I like all your shots, this is the style of people photography I prefer, and practice. This is story telling photography, which isn't always about being the most perfectly sharp or composed image, it is about capturing emotion, or a moment in someone's life. Your photo's capture the essence of your subjects, and conveys their feelings. The first set are more candid, while the second set is a little more posed, both sets are great! Please number your photo's so people can reference them, but the little girl with the white dove, I can hear her laughter... Great work. -rick


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Oct 08, 2012 10:46 |  #10

HEBPEME wrote in post #15093492 (external link)
Thank you very much, Spike! I am glad you like the shots :)
You're absolutely right about the distractions suggestion; however, on that particular photo with that kid's hand, i couldn't crop it out since it takes a large portion of the frame :( But i like the moment of that little girl laughing so much, that i left it as it is :)
As for the whites, you could be right. I will check the histogram.
Thanks again :)

Just to be clear...I meant the small hand in the colour photo of the couple with sunglasses (nono) and baby. The other hand you speak of contributes to the that shot.
As I said - check your photo edges for things peaking out that distract.




  
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Oct 08, 2012 11:04 |  #11

The second to last shot is a major cleavage shot, try not to have your subjects leaning over like that; pull up a chair for her.

Love the second shot, very well done.


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Oct 08, 2012 11:50 |  #12

Flo wrote in post #15083085 (external link)
Even Candids sometimes need a hand in composition, light and straight horizontals?
I like the little girl laughing(#6), best for me out of all of them.With this many photos, numbering them is helpful.

Thank you Flo.
You're right. I did forget to straighten the horizon on the B&W one with that little girl laughing. Composition wise, sometimes it is really difficult to have a good composition if you're focusing on the subject that moves a lot all the time (kids), so you have to work with what you have in your frame at the given moment and cropping isn't always the answer but i agree with you. I am just not sure which particular suggestion regarding light did you make.


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Oct 08, 2012 12:29 |  #13

alazgr8 wrote in post #15093579 (external link)
I like all your shots, this is the style of people photography I prefer, and practice. This is story telling photography, which isn't always about being the most perfectly sharp or composed image, it is about capturing emotion, or a moment in someone's life. Your photo's capture the essence of your subjects, and conveys their feelings. The first set are more candid, while the second set is a little more posed, both sets are great! Please number your photo's so people can reference them, but the little girl with the white dove, I can hear her laughter... Great work. -rick

Thank you so much, Rick. It really means a lot :)
Just like you said, moment over composition and technical perfection. An ideal photo would be the one to have it all but i am still learning and with each gig i do, i learn something new. However, some things constantly slip my eye and i have to start paying attention. Second set does have more posed photos than usual but that is because of my sister in law. She insisted on me taking those kinds of photos since we're friends and i photographed her daughter's birthday for free (naturally).
As for the girl with the dove, that is my absolute favorite and i am very glad you like it! ;)


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Oct 08, 2012 12:31 |  #14

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The second to last shot is a major cleavage shot, try not to have your subjects leaning over like that; pull up a chair for her.

Love the second shot, very well done.

Thank you, sir.
You are right about the cleavage but it was her idea to stand like that next to her husband. I think it was quite intentional :) However, it is my sister in law and i wanted to be as forthcoming as i can ;)


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Oct 08, 2012 12:33 |  #15

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Just to be clear...I meant the small hand in the colour photo of the couple with sunglasses (nono) and baby. The other hand you speak of contributes to the that shot.
As I said - check your photo edges for things peaking out that distract.

Now it's clear :) I also find the hand in the B&W one to be a part of that shot in general. Thank you for the suggestion and i will, most definitely, pay more attention in future.


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