Critique - Some photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by joe.cavers, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. joe.cavers macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    Hey guys, took these this evening, all were shot on auto with my dad's Lumix DMC FZ18. I used a lamp for lighting, and cropped the photos after taking them. I took a bunch but these were my best 3 (IMO).




    Just wondering what people think of these? Any way I could improve my photography? I was mainly trying to work on composition here, but any positive criticism is appreciated.

  2. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2007
    Thame, Oxfordshire, England

    Right, they are nice shots but.......

    I personally don't like the shadow on the wall of the first two, I think it detracts from the subject. The lighting is a bit too warm for my liking, maybe try adjusting the white balance a bit.

    Otherwise a good try to start with.
    Got any others??
  3. DaveP macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    The first one looks very bland and agree that the shadow is detracting. I see what you were going for with the shadow on the second, but perhaps the crop isn't working for me. I really like the third, it really draws my eye along the length and just appeals to me.
  4. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    Unless you can work the shadows into the composition somehow, I would avoid them if you can. As previously noted, the white balance seems off. I think you're limited to jpeg on that camera, so that will be a bit of a challenge for you to get the white balance correct with the capture. The 2nd and 3rd images are underexposed. I think the 3rd image is the best. You might try placing the light to use it to create some drama - place it low, place it high - experiment to see what works.
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    You've got a good start....

    My observation is that everything is "medium". The focus is sharp, the background is a medium tone, the shadows are sharp, etc... where is the drama?

    Throw the shadows out of focus.... now the subject is the stalk of flowers. Or, throw the flowers out of focus, and concentrate the image on the shadows. The flowers are too dark, they should be lighter - like a real flower. Try backlighting them, and they will start to glow. Shoot wide open (shallow DOF) and get closer, and you should start to see some interesting images in the viewfinder. Try for more drama. You have a really good start there, now go and have some fun.

    I was having some fun a few weeks ago.... this is basically unedited.... it should become something nice later, eh?

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  6. joe.cavers thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    Thanks guys, I'll take all of this into consideration and try and do some more I think. Should the white balance be higher or lower? What exactly does that change in the image? Composing the photos themselves aside, I haven't got a good idea of what looks over/under exposed.

    I admit that the focus isn't great on these shots either, a number of the other photos I took were simply unusable.

  7. 3paulx macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2009
    I like the third photo the most.
    I agree with the others.... just try play on a higher key, maybe get more lighting, adjust the aperture and shutter speed and iso to add more drama...shooting on a much lower key also tells another story. So dont be afraid to break the rules somtimes. also try getting a different angle and shoot from a different perspective, but the leading lines that the stems made (from the 3rd photo) are pretty cool!
    Happy shooting!
  8. Little HZ macrumors regular

    Little HZ

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Mexico
    Along w/ others here, I like the third photo the best. I think the middle one could be much stronger w/ a different crop. at first I was going to suggest that the crop is too tight, but actually I think it would have a stronger effect if you cropped a bit tighter on the top, bottom and left--and then, if available in the original sot, add a bit more wall space on the left, to emphasize the shadow a bit more ... ? As it is, the flower itself and the shadow seem to be getting equal billing, so neither one serves as a focal point.

    Keep sharing your images!

    PS Love your photo snberk!

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