Forums > Critique > Your Worst image. Ask and I'll tell you why.

Photographer

Norman Ding

Posts: 66

New York, New York, US

I would love to know. Efforts appreciated!

Nov 10 12 10:38 pm Link

Photographer

John Nettles

Posts: 31

Charleston, South Carolina, US

Help smile

Nov 11 12 12:22 pm Link

Photographer

Amul La La

Posts: 875

Saint Austell, England, United Kingdom

Nov 12 12 06:12 am Link

Photographer

Amul La La

Posts: 875

Saint Austell, England, United Kingdom

Hi Ikonas,


You're critique seems true and honest, most people's don't, they just seem horrible, and seems like they just want to crap on people.


Can I have critique?,


I've taking pictures for just over a year, it's hobby, I do enjoy it, I haven't been able to attend college or university due to personal circumstances.


So learning is slow in a sense + I live in a very isolated area.


Thank you

Nov 12 12 06:15 am Link

Model

PeachCherryBlossom

Posts: 13

Portland, Oregon, US

I would love your criticism! smile

Nov 12 12 07:11 am Link

Model

Evalastindayo

Posts: 2

London, England, United Kingdom

Best piece of advise for upcoming models like me! Find these piece very important!! Check mi out!

Nov 12 12 07:28 am Link

Model

Anne_C

Posts: 728

Bellingham, Washington, US

I really need some help deciding what to get rid of.  Trying to make room for new photos.  Critique would be appreciated!  Thank you.

Nov 12 12 07:49 am Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

LittleWhiteRabbit Photo wrote:
You are really a gracious and insightful critic - I enjoyed reading this thread.

If you would look at my page I could use feedback - most of these are from group shoots where I had to do my best in a short timeframe.  I need to transition to working w/models on my own but these are at least a start...

Thanks! Debra

Thanks for stopping by Debra. I appreciate your kind words. Even though you just seem to be starting out and have joined MM relatively recently, your port is  in good shape, showing talent beyond the beginner level. You are in compliance of the guidelines for port building spelled out on page 1 of this forum  - yay smile No variants, no collages, no contrived poses, so I dont see an obvious image that drags your port down.

If I were to delete any image at all, I would propose this one. It is a railroad scene which is usually a detriment - Rule [5], cliche theme. Even worse, the lovely model projects an expression of boredom which is reinforced by her passive pose.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120822/20/50359d91af257_m.jpg

Even though I dislike railraod images as just mentioned, the image below is actually quite captivating due to the light and texture and is one of my favorites.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120822/19/5035996207e8e_m.jpg

Another image that stands out is this headshot taken from a perfect angle to project her sensuous profile and lovely hairdo.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120822/19/50359bfea739c_m.jpg

Keep up the good work and have fun!

Nov 12 12 01:00 pm Link

Model

Brightonn

Posts: 234

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

I'm game!

Nov 12 12 01:25 pm Link

Photographer

LittleWhiteRabbit Photo

Posts: 134

Columbus, Ohio, US

ikonas wrote:

Thanks for stopping by Debra. I appreciate your kind words. Even though you just seem to be starting out and have joined MM relatively recently, your port is  in good shape, showing talent beyond the beginner level. You are in compliance of the guidelines for port building spelled out on page 1 of this forum  - yay smile No variants, no collages, no contrived poses, so I dont see an obvious image that drags your port down.

If I were to delete any image at all, I would propose this one. It is a railroad scene which is usually a detriment - Rule [5], cliche theme. Even worse, the lovely model projects an expression of boredom which is reinforced by her passive pose.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120822/20/50359d91af257_m.jpg

Even though I dislike railraod images as just mentioned, the image below is actually quite captivating due to the light and texture and is one of my favorites.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120822/19/5035996207e8e_m.jpg

Another image that stands out is this headshot taken from a perfect angle to project her sensuous profile and lovely hairdo.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120822/19/50359bfea739c_m.jpg

Keep up the good work and have fun!

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this - I really appreciate the feedback!

Nov 13 12 07:30 am Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

A M U L wrote:
Hi Ikonas,


You're critique seems true and honest, most people's don't, they just seem horrible, and seems like they just want to crap on people.


Can I have critique?,


I've taking pictures for just over a year, it's hobby, I do enjoy it, I haven't been able to attend college or university due to personal circumstances.


So learning is slow in a sense + I live in a very isolated area.


Thank you

Hello and thanks for the thoughtful introduction.
Don’t feel bad for not attending formal photography education. Neither have I (I hold a degree in an unrelated field), so my best sources of learning are browsing other MM profiles and DeviantArt.com, visiting art museums, reading philosophy and even poetry which provide me with inspiration.

Even with your "informal" education you have managed to put together a decent portfolio. Your technique is good and your images are unique. The only image I would propose deleting is this one. Nothing wrong with it, but the variant image is a bit stronger - Rule [1] in my guidelines. Variant images distract the viewer and sap comments from the stronger image.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121102/09/5093f050a6df7_m.jpg


I think this image shows you have great creative instincts.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121109/06/509d1740ae75a_m.jpg

This B&W is one of my favorites for its superb light and contrast, and the theme has soul. Great job.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120825/10/503906a5b7785_m.jpg

Nov 13 12 01:36 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Hey Folks, please hold your questions for a day or two to give me chance to catch my breath. Apologies to those whom I may have skipped - please send me a private message.

Nov 13 12 03:23 pm Link

Photographer

Camera Obscura Photogra

Posts: 12

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

I would love to hear your critique on my weakest photo.  I think I would benefit greatly from your input!  Thanks!

Nov 13 12 03:30 pm Link

Model

Elisabeth-Victoria

Posts: 15

Denver, Colorado, US

I'd like to know

Nov 13 12 04:53 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Norman Ding wrote:
I would love to know. Efforts appreciated!

Greetings Norman ! There is a very simple way to elevate your port by deleting just two images below. The model is lovely, the light is good, so how do these two images drag your port down? For one, they are variants, but  even more importantly the room is cluttered with unrelated junk. Even the legs of another photographer are showing. You cannot be sloppy. You must always pay great attention to delail. During the shoot you ought to carefully look and remove any junk lying around, arrange furniture, etc. During editing, pay a lot of thought how to crop an image so that only the essential stuff is visible. A tighter crop might save one of these images.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120811/15/5026d82bad4ce_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120811/15/5026d818812c9_m.jpg

You should only keep the image of the pooltable girl sitting down, its pretty good.

Without those two sloppy images, your port is captivating. Here is a super captivating image for its light and composition
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120610/09/4fd4c71da5352_m.jpg

The photo of this adorable model has a great editorial feel
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120610/09/4fd4c653a60ee_m.jpg

Nov 13 12 08:06 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

PeachCherryBlossom wrote:
I would love your criticism! smile

Hello Peach, thanks for stopping by. Your port captures your alluring sensuality quite well. Non of your images go against the guidelines posted on page 1 of this forum. I would almost say keep all the images but if you push me, I will recommend deleting this one as railroad themes are cliches, plus your legs are not portrayed in the most flattering way.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120531/04/4fc7595a7b05a_m.jpg

You've got some great images, including this one. Love your wardrobe and your beautiful face is shown from a great angle
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121111/15/50a03a0626fbf_m.jpg

The light here is superb
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121004/10/506dc73ea6fb6_m.jpg

Nov 13 12 08:22 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Evalastindayo wrote:
Best piece of advise for upcoming models like me! Find these piece very important!! Check mi out!

Hello Evala, you have a nice mixture of artistic, sports and commercial tearsheet stuff posted.

I disapprove of smoking and these kind of images are not considered cool in the 21st century, so I propose deleting it.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121024/08/508805e8ca6a3_m.jpg

The photography is not very good here, but if you are a performer, then putting a caption saying so, such as "performing at caffe Paradiso" might save this image
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110927/06/4e81d1abb9bdb_m.jpg

This one is a great image, portraying a handsome man in an artistic way
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110828/12/4e5a9e15ac153_m.jpg

Nov 13 12 08:32 pm Link

Model

Evalastindayo

Posts: 2

London, England, United Kingdom

Thank you so much!
Nice piece!!

Nov 14 12 05:50 am Link

Model

PeachCherryBlossom

Posts: 13

Portland, Oregon, US

Thank you so much! I took your advice and added a new one smile I REALLY appreciate it!!
Amanda

Nov 14 12 05:54 am Link

Photographer

Goat Farm Project

Posts: 339

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Hit me please.

Nov 14 12 06:03 am Link

Model

Ashley Wedman

Posts: 1

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pennsylvania, US

I'd like to know

Nov 14 12 10:21 am Link

Photographer

Norman Ding

Posts: 66

New York, New York, US

ikonas wrote:

Greetings Norman ! There is a very simple way to elevate your port by deleting just two images below. The model is lovely, the light is good, so how do these two images drag your port down? For one, they are variants, but  even more importantly the room is cluttered with unrelated junk. Even the legs of another photographer are showing. You cannot be sloppy. You must always pay great attention to delail. During the shoot you ought to carefully look and remove any junk lying around, arrange furniture, etc. During editing, pay a lot of thought how to crop an image so that only the essential stuff is visible. A tighter crop might save one of these images.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120811/15/5026d82bad4ce_m.jpg



http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120811/15/5026d818812c9_m.jpg

You should only keep the image of the pooltable girl sitting down, its pretty good.

Without those two sloppy images, your port is captivating. Here is a super captivating image for its light and composition
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120610/09/4fd4c71da5352_m.jpg

The photo of this adorable model has a great editorial feel
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120610/09/4fd4c653a60ee_m.jpg

Thank you so much for the professional critique! And for the encouraging compliment! I really apperciate the efforts you made to help people!

Nov 14 12 04:48 pm Link

Model

JezeBelle Bordeaux

Posts: 20

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

I'd like to know your opinion if you have the time. smile

Nov 14 12 05:59 pm Link

Model

Stephanie Yakir

Posts: 81

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Nov 14 12 06:15 pm Link

Photographer

ICON Photography

Posts: 165

Houston, Texas, US

Do tell... smile
-SAM

Nov 14 12 06:38 pm Link

Photographer

ARTAPERTURA

Posts: 44

Miami, Florida, US

ikonas wrote:
As they say, your port is as good as your worst image. Let me help you get rid of it. This is a gentle, constructive criticism that will highlight your strong points as well.

LESS IS MORE - One of the easiest way to bring your portfolio to the next level is to delete your weaker images. Consider your portfolio your art gallery where you want to  show only your very best work. Post only your star images. Don’t let your viewer play treasure hunt by having to sort through volumes of marginal images to find your gems.

Prior to responding, we will carefully review your port AND your profile, as our intent is to provide thoughtful, constructive criticism. Your port will be evaluated based on the following consideration:

[1] AVOID VARIANT IMAGES
Posting multiple similar images from the same scene is the number one sin in poorly constructed ports. Decide which one you like and stick to it.  Don't let the viewer chose for you because he will judge you by the worst one.

[2] DELETE IMAGES WITH POOR POSE OR EXPRESSION
Too many images are ruined by uninteresting expression or contrived pose.
   ♦ Get rid of images where you are just smiling with no unique concept behind
   ♦ Delete poses where it looks obvious it is a contrived pose

[3] AVOID COLLAGES AND COMPOSITES
These are usually detriment to your port for couple of reasons. Like your port, your collage will be judged by its worst image, not by its best. Furthermore, the thumbnail of the composite does not show enough detail to invite a visitor in. An exception in using collage would be for a retouch artist or MUA to show before and after effect.

[4] LISTEN TO YOUR AUDIENCE
Get rid of images that have been sitting there for months having received only one or two comments. Actually it is neither the number of comments nor the number of image views that counts. Rather, what really matters is what I call  "view-to-comment ratio". For example if you got 10 comments but it was viewed over 1,000 times this is a 100 to 1 ratio, a hint the image is marginal. The lower the ratio, the better is the image. A score below 20 I consider quite good.

[5] AVOID CLICHE THEMES
   ♦ Railroad scenes, Images with Guitar, Car, or Caution tape is a sign that the photographer is not an original thinker
   ♦ Blood, gory stuff are negative themes. You want a viewer to walk away with a good feeling not disgust
   ♦ Overcrowding your port with large boobs hints that you have a one-track mind
   ♦ Open crotch photos. They definitely devalue your port

[6] AVOID POSTING TOO MANY IMAGES OF THE SAME MODEL
It is YOUR port, not your model's. Show some diversity. If you are an inexperienced photographer just starting out it may be a challenge to find models willing to work on TFCD basis. Invest in your hobby and hire an experienced model or two. 

[7] MALE MODELS AVOID
   ♦ Baring your chest. Unless you have an amazing physique, you have no chance of competing against the multitude of hulks lurking on MM
   ♦ Underwear shots, all male genital shots

Very subjective! But to be noted.

Nov 14 12 07:35 pm Link

Model

Richard D Hall

Posts: 629

Burbank, California, US

Could use the raw honest critique. Nail me.

Nov 14 12 07:52 pm Link

Photographer

GSG Photography Studio

Posts: 178

Portland, Oregon, US

I would love to hear your thoughts, thanks

Nov 14 12 08:05 pm Link

Photographer

Nate Miller

Posts: 21

Warrensburg, Missouri, US

Please let me know what you think.

Nov 14 12 10:59 pm Link

Model

Anamaly

Posts: 559

Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

I could use some serious help getting rid of a few pictures

Nov 15 12 03:12 am Link

Model

LisaInLondon

Posts: 707

London, England, United Kingdom

I'd like some help sorting pictures out (:

Nov 15 12 03:14 am Link

Model

Catt Le Chappelle

Posts: 13

Spearfish, South Dakota, US

I would love to know.

Nov 15 12 05:44 am Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

ANSTREBEN Merglobe wrote:

Very subjective! But to be noted.

Of course my guidelines are subjective, and so is art. Note that hundredths of individuals voluntarily submitted their port for my review, thus implicitly accepting my clearly posted rules.

Having said that, would you like to submit your port for review?

Nov 15 12 11:14 am Link

Photographer

ARTAPERTURA

Posts: 44

Miami, Florida, US

ikonas wrote:

Of course my guidelines are subjective, and so is art. Note that hundredths of individuals voluntarily submitted their port for my review, thus implicitly accepting my clearly posted rules.

Having said that, would you like to submit your port for review?

Of course! I'm interested.

Nov 15 12 11:21 am Link

Model

_eMMe_

Posts: 866

Florence, Toscana, Italy

I'll be glad to receive some critique smile

I like your portfolio and the advice you give.

I love a lot this shot, very sexy and the compositione is great!
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/22579249

This one is the worth in my opinion: I don't like the models, their pose and expressions.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/24010087

Nov 15 12 02:53 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Folks, please hold off your inquiries to give me a chance to catch my breath.
In the meanwhile check out the guidelines spelled out on page 1 of this forum, clean up your port accordingly, paying particular attention to Rule [1].

Nov 15 12 03:03 pm Link

Model

Sara Snow

Posts: 22

Los Angeles, California, US

what's mine?

Nov 15 12 06:00 pm Link

Photographer

ikonas Boston

Posts: 723

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I am taking a short break, but I will be back. Thanks to all for participating in this forum.

Nov 22 12 07:50 am Link

Photographer

Brandon Nixon

Posts: 41

Los Angeles, California, US

I too would like to step forward for a lashing smile

Enjoy your holidays as well!

Nov 22 12 11:08 am Link

Model

_eMMe_

Posts: 866

Florence, Toscana, Italy

ikonas wrote:
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I am taking a short break, but I will be back. Thanks to all for participating in this forum.

Have a nice Thanksgiving day.

Waiting for your caming back smile

Nov 22 12 11:33 am Link