critique my photo and a couple of questions

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by isianto, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. isianto macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2007
    Hi all, My wife just bought me d300s, loves the camera. and I'm considering myself as newbie in photography. So please advice the following pictures, and point me to a direction to which I can make a better photographer. I need all of your suggestion to improve myself. Thanks all

    The following photo were taken using 55-200mm

    and this photo was taken indoor using 50mm f 1.8, using single flash sb600.
    I think I need to use a reflector to lift up a little bit of shadow (at least in my opinion), but I kind like the photo.

    I'm going to buy a light stand for speedlight, do you have a recommendations? and also what's the difference between cheap umbrella compared to more expensive one? thanks
  2. deep diver macrumors 65816

    deep diver

    Jan 17, 2008
    Solon, OH
    A lot of equipment does not make someone a good photographer. I would not worry about light stands and umbrellas. They are not going to help you at this point. Just start taking pictures. Learn about your camera (This takes time. Read the manual every couple of months.) and develop your eye. It takes time to learn how to make good images.

    We have a couple of forums on MacRumors that might also help.
  3. isianto thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2007
    thanks for the reply, I'm still learning.
    btw is it that bad?
  4. Acsom macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    Critique is subjective, and I'm not a photo teacher, so take this for what it is worth (ie, nothing):

    It's cropped too tight to be interesting. The only thing really going on is the way the lines lead all toward the center. But it's not horrible. It's not like there are so many things wrong with it that there's nowhere to start, but there isn't anything especially praiseworthy, either.

    Speaking for myself, I find that the challenge is really learning how to see a photograph. You don't just put a frame around a slice of the world and flatten it; by doing that, you create a new thing, a photograph. And there is a way that peoples' minds look at and then see what you've chosen to create. To some extent, you should learn to compose within those expectations, and when you know them implicitly, and you are able to frame shots in your mind with ease, then break them selectively to make your photos stand out.

    If you do that, and you are of average talent, you should get about a hundred decent photos every thousand shots or so, and maybe one or two really outstanding ones out of that thousand. You'll be like a really good guitar player in a bar band. And there's nothing wrong with that, I'd love to be that good some day.

    For that specific shot, there is probably something there; capturing the woman in an introspective moment at work, maybe? Pulled back it might be able to work, but I don't know because I can't see the rest of the scene.

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