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Good evening all of POTN, few questions please?

 
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May 25, 2014 20:30 |  #1

How are you? My name is Ellis. For a year now i've lightly invested in learning the art of photography.
I have a canon eos 1100 (rebel t3) with the 18-55mm kit lens. I am interested in getting new equipment such as a speedlight and a new lens. My thought of new equipemnt is not that it will make me better, but that I will have another chance to learn how to enhance my view of creating images. (excuse me if that made no sense lol)

I am in need of critique.

Thank you all in advance. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


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May 25, 2014 20:45 |  #2

Ellis,

Wishing you the best.

Please do it this way. Pick out, say, 4 shots. Maybe a couple that you feel are you best, and definitely a couple that you like, but feel you could have done better but you just don't know how.

Post those shots here. We will be happy to critique them on an individual basis.

Welcome to the forum.

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May 25, 2014 20:53 |  #3

Thank you, I hadn't thought about it that way. Will do :-)




  
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May 25, 2014 21:00 |  #4

Here is the instructions on how to attach images:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=160897


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May 25, 2014 21:28 |  #5

I like the action in #2, but you cut off his fingers. #1 is OK, but what he's looking at isn't obvious so I'd like to see more of his face.


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May 26, 2014 10:10 |  #6

Ellis,

I would like to affirm what Frank (PhotosGuy) had to say. In the first shot, I would like to have seen his face - something to connect me with the photo. The only times I find an image that works when the subject is looking away from me is when (s)he is looking at something in the photograph that is compelling. In this case he is looking more or less down the street at basically nothing.

On the second shot the action is good - clearly the subject is in motion so the shot is dynamic, but the fingers hitting the frame kind of sour it. If the frame did not have so much space in it - a much tighter crop - then there would be a reason for the fingers hitting the frame. Try a vertical 5:4 crop, starting in your current upper right corner and just including the foot. That might work a little better. Besides, most everything on the left half of the frame is not contributing a lot to the shot.

If you were to allow other members to edit your posts, we could show you. Click USER CP upper left of any page, then EDIT PROFILE, then the second box down, "Additional Information", tick the YES where it says "Image edit and repost permission" and finally, "Save Changes" on the bottom.

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May 26, 2014 13:06 |  #7

Agree with above, except for the first one, I got aggressive posturing towards the people in the light tan minivan. Is that a clip next to his right hand?

Add/learn an off camera flash and go back and redo #2 and see the difference.


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May 26, 2014 13:19 |  #8

lilkngster wrote in post #16931379 (external link)
Is that a clip next to his right hand?

I thought the same thing for a moment. It's his belt. Look behind his elbow.

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May 26, 2014 13:24 as a reply to  @ lilkngster's post |  #9

the first shot is to in between f stops, if you had been wider f1.8 for instance the background would have been more out of focus, more abstract, right now it is competing for you attention,
The second shot is nice like that one, except for the missing finger tips.
I wouldn't worry about more equipment yet, just keep shooting with what you have, Its good to have a flash, but on camera flash usually sucks, so you need to figure out how to use off camera flash, that is a lot of work.
One step at a time...


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May 26, 2014 15:01 |  #10

Radtech1 wrote in post #16931413 (external link)
I thought the same thing for a moment. It's his belt. Look behind his elbow.

Rad

Nice catch. I was just seeing things to add to the story in my head

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the first shot is to in between f stops, if you had been wider f1.8 for instance the background would have been more out of focus, more abstract, right now it is competing for you attention...

He only has the kit lens, which is why he is asking his question, but good point. Getting a lens like 50mm f/1.8 will let you try things in lower light and with a thinner depth of field than your lens can now do at 50mm.


Doing some learning about the basics of composition, lighting, and knowing your equipment will make things go easier and faster. Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a cheap book that is a nice place to start. Lots of nice photos as examples and a easy way to get the basics down.


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May 29, 2014 01:56 |  #11

Pic 1: His posture looks like he's angry, but at what?
Pic 2: I like the sun flare effect and the contrast with the subject's silhouette.


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Dec 24, 2014 13:16 |  #12

Good afternoon to all. I apologize that I'm now replying to this thread months later, and thank you all for your critique. One member recommended I allow my posts to be edited by others so that I can be shown how to crop a specific way? I have no idea how to do that now that the forum has changed, could someone please help me out. In addition I will be posting more images and looking forward to hearing from you all. thank you




  
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Dec 24, 2014 18:17 |  #13

No official method, but you can do what I did in my signature.


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