New to the forums, and wanted to get opinions on my work

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by FunkayTeaParty, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. FunkayTeaParty macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I have been a lurker here at macrumors for years now, and finally decided to join up, mostly because of this forum actually. I wanted to show some of my work over the last few months to get others opinions on it, from more of a critical standpoint.

    I used a D50 with a 28-80mm lens for all of these shots, none of them have a flash (well, some of them may have a bounce flash used for them, but those would be more the portrait shots. My photoshop skills are no where near great (i know the basics, but have a lot of tuning to do, any tips appreciated!) but they get the job done in some cases.

    I would really appreciate feedback, this is just a sample of some of the things ive done, and if so il post more up!

    Thanks guys, and looking forward to being an active member of the forums

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  2. FunkayTeaParty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh also, if anyone knows good software (freeware or pay for a license) to watermark your pictures, just the corner so I can label them as my own for the mac, id be grateful :D
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hi, welcome. I think you have a great sense of style, and from that set of photos, you definitely do your best work when you're experimental. These are the ones I like and why:

    1 - The colors and composition is great. A general comment that I think applies to this one in particular is that you are a good artist, but you need to learn to take your time. A lot of the shots are excellent concepts, but then I think you don't take your time to square your shoulders and align yourself properly. In this case, the image is somewhat too high. You might consider fixing this with a crop.

    2 - I really enjoyed this. I'm not sure if this is an HDR collage or a multiple timepoint collage or what, but I think you could go even strong with purifying the three segments of the image so that the three color casts come out even more purely. The things about this shot... I think you shot it from a standing position. It probably would've worked better from hip level / kneeling. Also I would try rotating it so that the street and cable are more or less horizontal (or shooting it this way). Also in terms of perspective, I think this is a good place to remember the rule of threes in your composition, meaning you might've shot this so that the lights were higher in the image.

    3 - This one is really great, too. It has a very ethereal feel through what you did with the lights. The only comment is, like above, I think it would've been better if the house were higher and there were more water, although that certainly depends on what the river / brook looks like.

    4 - Fun, something different. I liked this a lot. You did a great job of capturing the lights on the car.

    6 - This one is a very nice composition. I think the BW conversion is generally good, although you might play around with some things to give it more punch.

    Hope you post more. :)

    P.S. regarding watermarks, no suggestions, but if you use CS, you might look at the actions people use on FredMiranda.com....
     
  4. compuwar macrumors 601

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    I like the first shot and the pool shot, though there's a slightly distracting bright diagonal line in the background on the left that I'd probably clone out.

    Great Falls needs a polarizing filter or a non-hazy day- though that's a rarity except in the winter when it's all iced up. Maybe a touch more contrast would help?

    The portrait is nice, but the background is a little too distracting.

    Coloring the lights on the long exposure is an interesting idea that's worth exploring further.

    Shooting off-center and from a low perspective might help the building (gazebo?), but I'm not usre that there's a "clean" enough subject there to generate an interesting picture. Getting away from the center in general would be a good thing.

    The daffodil looks like a mid-day shot, the light's harsh, but then it's really difficult to get a good "normal" flower shot.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

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    Great shots... I particularly like the 1st and 3rd and also the pool shot. I agree with compuwar about the pool pic though, the diagonal line is distracting. You have a good style. Welcome to the Forum! Looking forward to seeing more of your pictures :D
     
  6. Kirbdog macrumors regular

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    If you need an application that adds a watermark to your photos. With Aperture you can add a watermark to your photos when you export your them. You can download a free trial of Aperture from Apple

    As far as your photography goes just keep trying and learning. When I go out to shoot my only real goal is to learn something new.

    Enjoy it, its a great hobby
     
  7. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a

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    Some excellent compositions.

    As others have pointed out, the portrait is a great pic, but the background should be more out of focus - use a larger aperture - to make it less distracting.

    If you're familiar with PS you can use that to both blur the background and tone down the brightness a bit.
     
  8. arogge macrumors 65816

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    There is too much of an orange colour cast in the house-by-pond shot. Decrease your exposure by 1/3 of a stop and lower the camera's colour temperature.
    The pool table shot could have a 1/3-stop exposure increase.
    I recommend using a polariser for water shots, and also consider using a neutral density filter which can enable you to shoot with some slower shutter speeds and show more water motion.

    Your shots look really good overall.
     
  9. compuwar macrumors 601

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    I think that'd bring out too much brightness in the player, and alter the contrast of the scene enough to make the player distracting.
     
  10. FunkayTeaParty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the comments guys!

    yeah, ive been debating getting a polarizing filter for awhile, and I think I may just go get one now.

    il try to post up more later on when I get off work
     
  11. gphoto macrumors member

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    Adobe Lightroom can watermark your pictures on export from the library with ease, but I don't know about Aperture.
     
  12. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a

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    I love #3 and #6 The rest are good to. Good luck.
     

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