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Jan 13, 2010 01:04 |  #1

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Jan 13, 2010 01:17 |  #2

Personally, looks too much like a snapshot. There's just way too much going on in the photo.




  
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Jan 13, 2010 01:31 |  #3

im sorry to ask such a noob question but whats a snapshot




  
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Jan 13, 2010 02:03 |  #4

RyanCEss wrote in post #9383408 (external link)
im sorry to ask such a noob question but whats a snapshot

Some snapshots are good, but I would interpret that as your pic wwas taken with a point & shoot camera without much thought. Meaning, pics are usually out of focus and technically poor with no rhyme or reason.


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Jan 13, 2010 06:51 |  #5

This looks like it would work as part of a documentary set, but on its own it's rather uninteresting. Also the treetops in the upper right corner are all blown out and over exposed. So either you've edited this badly or I'm missing why the sky looks so odd.




  
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Jan 13, 2010 08:41 |  #6

Ryan, when you put your camera up to your face how did you evaluate the light? By that I mean did you understand that you won't be able to get a nice/consistent exposure across the frame and either the left side would be in very deep shadows with the right side properly exposed or the left side would be good with the right side blown out. It looks to me like the camera tried to make the best of a bad situation that ended up giving a bit of both.

I agree with thebeatnut that this type of image might work as part of a documentary set. You could also convert what you have to B&W which will hide a few of the exposure sins (funny color in the blown out sky for example). Add some film type grain in post processing and it will have an edgier feel and most won't notice that nothing in the image is sharp (there's lots of motion blur). All in all you chose a difficult situation and it would be pretty hard to save this one.

Example: As a set you could have an early morning shot, a mid-day time exposure shot (would need a neutral density filter and small aperture) showing the blur left from the people walking and an end of day shot after everyone went home, maybe with just a few people hanging out. Tell a story with your images :)


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Jan 13, 2010 13:17 |  #7

Uninteresting. what is the subject? What am I supposed to be drawn to?

Find an interesting person and make him/her the focus, like maybe the lanky red haired guy mid-left. Find someone that expresses what school means to you (boredom, excitement, malaise) and try to capture it.
Standing at the top of the stairs and taking a snapshot just doesn't tell us anything.


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Jan 13, 2010 14:27 |  #8

yup it does looks like a snapshot. try adding more creativity or some interesting subject or may be a hot classmate to model for you.


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Jan 13, 2010 19:19 |  #9

This would work much better with camera on a tripod and a long exposure of between .5 and 2seconds.


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Jan 13, 2010 20:24 |  #10

For some ideas in what to look for when doing this kind of shot, look up a guy named "Henri Cartier-Bresson" in Google and check out some of his "decisive moment" shots.


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Jan 13, 2010 23:54 |  #11

When I read the thread title, I imagined a long exposure shot with all the kids motion blurred running to their next class.


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