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Dec 08, 2009 19:13 |  #1

I have been friends with this couple for many years and was honored when they asked me to take their engagement photos. I did not charge them as I need to build up my portfolio so I can break into the business. Let me know what you think. Lighting is off but idon't use flash I use natural lighting instead.
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Dec 08, 2009 19:47 |  #2

Love that last one----great job!


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Dec 08, 2009 19:49 |  #3

I know some folks insist on using natural lighting, but what's the harm if it'll help improve a photo? The shadows in the first picture could have easily been avoided with a little bit of fill light.




  
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Dec 08, 2009 19:50 |  #4

i used the fill flash command on my paint shop pro and it helped out a lot because the shadow was really harsh on the original..

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Dec 09, 2009 05:21 |  #5

1. L:ove the composition although try cropping part of legs out. not so sure about the lighting. Fill Flash would have helped.

2. I like this shot, but the dog is an unneccessary distraction: but if that's what the client wants......

3. Nice picture, personally I don't like the colour popping.

4. Good composition again, but I suspect the focus is a little off. The heads look a little soft compared to her top.

5. Very Nice, consider a different angle, a little lower or even higher. I tend to work the angles on a set up like this......come away with a number of shots and pick the best one!

6. A nice shot. Don't like the PP, it doesn't add to the image in my eyes. I would taken a few steps backwards and used the railway tracks as lead in lines and then cloned out the posts on the left of the image. Also try a vignette....

7. Great shot, but what's coming out of the groom's hand: looks like little spikes where the blur hasn't been applied.

8.Pick of the bunch, an excellent shot


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Dec 09, 2009 10:15 |  #6

thanks so much for the comments.

the clients were really happy with their pictures, Angela actually helped me pick the ones she wanted and helped me PP them




  
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Dec 09, 2009 16:58 |  #7

these seemed shot with a P&S..
theres no depth of field..
except for the photoshopped images..


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Dec 09, 2009 17:02 |  #8

they were shot with a canon power shot SX20 IS




  
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Dec 10, 2009 10:10 |  #9

I think as a whole, for a point and shoot, they are fine. It is a nice point and shoot but you cannot go into business with that camera. I am glad she's happy with the shots, that's good. Please don't use it as a come back to people's critique when you say 'let me know what you think'. Even if clients are happy with images, we should always aim to grow and improve.

I am a natural light purist as much as possible - however, you have to watch your light and know when to move on when it isn't right. The light in the first one is harsh with hot spots - you have to see that and say 'sorry guys, this spot doesn't work'.. Or you can have an assistant hold up a big diffuser if you happen to have those things handy.

The editing needs some work - it's a bit sloppy and the colors are off. Keep on practicing and having fun with the camera you have now. You can learn a lot about watching your light and your compositions with your current camera. If you DO want to go into business, you will need a camera with which you can control more aspects.


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Dec 10, 2009 11:45 |  #10

i said that they liked it because someone mentioned the dog.. i know that i need to work on my lighting but just wanted everyone's feed back to see what else i need to do




  
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Dec 12, 2009 07:52 |  #11

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i said that they liked it because someone mentioned the dog.. i know that i need to work on my lighting but just wanted everyone's feed back to see what else i need to do

You don't seem to be taking this critique very gracefully. These aren't bad, but there is a lot of room for improvement. There in my opinion isn't a whole lot that can be done to improve these pictures. The critique people are giving you in here is going to help you improve for the long run. Everyone was new at some point.. you don't have to feel bad about critiques.. First thing first.. go get a DSLR! you are certainly on your way though.. shoot, study, shoot

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Dec 12, 2009 14:43 |  #12

The dog has a very "special" look on his face...............LOL I do like the shots though!


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I think as a whole, for a point and shoot, they are fine. It is a nice point and shoot but you cannot go into business with that camera. I am glad she's happy with the shots, that's good.If you DO want to go into business, you will need a camera with which you can control more aspects.

I disagree with the equipment issue, that's a fine working manual P&S camera, albeit a small resolution one in comparison to a DSLR does a good job of creating some good images, nobody would be able to tell the difference if it wasn't mentioned.

The real issue is the lighting - while the use of natural light is marginal...without light you may as well have a 1Ds mark III and a battery full of L lenses, it won't make much of a difference.

Photographer + light = photographs. Learn how to work with onlocation lighting and you can forget the camera; let the creativity take over. Often when you start out you're given the notion that you need new stuff, better stuff, latest stuff..or you won't get any business. This couldn't be further from the truth, in fact, if there were pros behind you doing great work with lesser systems or equipment then there's no doubt you can do the same...for a time, for learning, for starting out. DSLR will help you a lot, but just saying don't fall into the trap of needing fancier equipment right away.

The set looks a lot better than a few on here with limited experience.

#5 you need to reduce the redness in his face -turn down the red saturation a bit that may help, or create it into a black and white.

I also think you need to learn better post processing skills. It will give you much greater flexibility to recover and create amazing photographs...things like using the soft diffuse look - too dated, and the selective color - also too dated processing.

What you need is a copy of lightroom, this is also an essential tool for wedding people...go here: http://labs.adobe.com/​technologies/lightroom​3/ (external link) and download that. In time maybe you will want photoshop too.

I like the use of natural light, it's great light, unbeatable light...but where you can't use natural light a good softbox and speedlight + radiopoppers set (should run about $600 for everything or so) will really help you utilize your creativity, as you will be able to control the light a lot better.

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Dec 12, 2009 20:12 |  #14

While I think it would be fine creating outdoor images - you still cannot manage the same amount of control (DOF, etc) and you SURE shouldn't be attempting to shooting a wedding in a dark church with one of those. I know, I have an older model myself. I think they're great cameras, and I piddled around with plenty of portraits when I first got it years ago.. but really.. you cannot advertise yourself as a professional photographer when you have nothing but a point and shoot. Seriously.


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Dec 13, 2009 01:51 |  #15

LMAO @ at that dogs face!!!!!


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