Thanks to your thoughtful critiques, I wanted to let you Sharks know that some of my images have recently been honored, thanks in part to your thoughtful critiques.
This won “Image of the Year – Color, Masters level” at the South Shore Camera Club in Quincy, Massachusetts USA.
For real estate photos, it’s best if they’re done only in natural light, but should not be dark and cozy because lighter pictures show better; therefore do multiple exposures and blend so there’s no dark areas, also process to be “slightly” high-key.
Addie, it came out nice. My suggestion would be to pull the blinds all the way up to capture more natural light, maybe with the lamps off too. Also if the view is decent out the windows, move a step or two to the right and capture more of the windows and view. Obviously bracketing would be needed, which you’re already doing.
The eye is nice and sharp. Overall I feel there’s too much tree and not enough animal. I suggest cropping although I’m not sure if it will be effective after that, because the bottom half of his face is hiddedn behind a branch.
3pco — I like the long exposure effect.
As cc, I find the image too lacking in contrast for my taste, but maybe that’s the effect you sought. I added a Curves adjustment, and also lightened the figure and surrounding area to draw more attention to it and make it look like the light from the brighter part of sky was falling there.
Hi Phil, I like what you’re doing here! The color palette looks good to me (although I’m not conversant on “fantasy” images).
The “composting” or compositing, needs more work. The figure is lacking a shadow and therefore looks ungrounded. The total image should be more consistent on the direction of light. I also find it odd that the gro…[Read more]
I like it with the bird as the two figures seem to be spreading their wings in sync. But now I think the image could use some variation in the balance, what I mean is maybe the girl slightly to left of center, and the bird slightly to right. Also I’m wondering why the sky is uniformly lit, but the water is strongly lit in the center. Seems li…[Read more]
Hi David, I’d try to even out the lighting on the coins a bit. The one on the far right especially is darker, both the coin and its reflection. Also, I’m not much of a macro photographer, but I notice that the reflection of the large coin is not straight (the vertical line is slanted) whereas on the original it’s straight. Also in the re…[Read more]
Hi Steve – as you said, “The large fence does block. That’s what a fence does.” True. Yet a fence can also be used as a leading line to move the viewer into the image and enhance it’s aesthetic value. Here’s how I played with it to show you what I mean. And I’m not suggesting that you “photoshop” your image like this, I just wanted to show the effect:
Nicely done. The composition though is problematic. I like the small piece of fence on the left — it’s slant and triangular shape. But the larger piece of fence seems to act as a blockade, impeding the image’s flow. Also the house on the left keeps pulling my attention but is too far left to work well.
The red is really distracting, I constructively suggest you get rid of it. Secondly, maybe the b&w would look good if it were cropped the same as the color version. The cropped version is great, I love the shadows falling at the bottom, they create a mysterious, even ominous, feeling. The round object at the bottom looks like a human’s head fo…[Read more]
I had left him in, but faintly (because of Rights issue) but yes, good idea to take him out entirely. Although, she would not be able to stand in that position without support (she’s not squarely on top of the toe box) but we can presume that the support is behind her and not visible. Plus it’s fine art not documentary.
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