Forums > Critique > Primarily Nature photog making a switch to People.

Photographer

Jefhphoto

Posts: 9

Albany, New York, US

Trying my hand at portraiture/editorial/lifestyle, starting with natural light considering that's what I know best. Looking for some constructive criticism and advice. Thank you in advance.

Mar 29 13 09:33 am Link

Photographer

Nor-Cal Photography

Posts: 2695

Walnut Creek, California, US

I think you are off to a good start! 

But just one worthless opinion.    smile

Mar 29 13 12:13 pm Link

Photographer

The Effective Image

Posts: 3943

Lansing, Michigan, US

Your avatar image is pretty hard to 'read' in thumbnail size. The first impression is that it's a landscape shot. Not good if you are trying to attract models. They'll figure you are only interested in landscapes, not them and not bother looking at your portfolio.

Just my opinion.

Mar 29 13 09:56 pm Link

Photographer

Jefhphoto

Posts: 9

Albany, New York, US

Thank you to both. I've been wrestling with the Avatar pic myself. Maybe I'll change it out. Thank you again.

Apr 01 13 11:58 am Link

Photographer

Don Garrett

Posts: 4442

Escondido, California, US

I started out as an art major in college. Later, I became a member of the San Diego Photo Naturalists Club over 20 years ago. They were very strict about using filters, or seeing ANYTHING man made in an image. They also had regularly scheduled competitions, where a professional critique person would choose "the image of the evening", and "accept", or "reject" every image submitted. It was very educational, and good discipline, but, I felt the medium was stifling. I have since embraced Photoshop, and other subject matter, but the landscape stuck with me - and it is still one of my favorite objects of photography, (sometimes I throw a model into the mix for fun and variety).
  Two subjective elements of an image - it's visual impact, and it's beauty,  are my only objectives. The subject matter can be very secondary.
  The whole point is, to satisfy your own artistic nature, and forget anyone else's ideas of "good subject matter". Before I became a member, a guy from The Photo Naturalists Club told me, at an orchid show, "you seem to be on the right track" !
  Whatever you decide to do, do it because it is what YOU like to do, and because it satisfies YOU, even if nobody else agrees with your decision.
-Don

Apr 01 13 12:30 pm Link

Model

Cole Morrison

Posts: 3958

Portland, Oregon, US

It looks like some of your shots are framed a little tight. Shoot further away, you can always crop later.

Apr 01 13 12:58 pm Link

Photographer

Crumpled Pictures

Posts: 5

Rochester, New York, US

I recently moved from macro / still life to portraiture work..... huge difference I wish you luck

Apr 01 13 01:16 pm Link

Photographer

Jefhphoto

Posts: 9

Albany, New York, US

Thank you Don, Cole, and Crumpler.

Apr 07 13 04:59 am Link

Photographer

Jefhphoto

Posts: 9

Albany, New York, US

Anyone else? I'm looking for some more criticism here. Good, bad, ugly I've been a Soldier for 18 yrs I can take it.

Apr 09 13 01:18 pm Link

Photographer

Will Snizek Photography

Posts: 1387

Beckley, West Virginia, US

Logan Dog Photography wrote:
Anyone else? I'm looking for some more criticism here. Good, bad, ugly I've been a Soldier for 18 yrs I can take it.

I really like your avatar pic.  That was a great capture.  You're other photos could use a little work.  I think the one of the couple might have had more impact if the photo was a bit closer. I wouldn't mind seeing your nature work sometime. I shoot people on occasion, but most of the photography I do is of nature and also things I just come across.

Apr 09 13 01:36 pm Link

Photographer

Jefhphoto

Posts: 9

Albany, New York, US

Thank you for your input. smile

Apr 12 13 02:01 pm Link

Photographer

Jefhphoto

Posts: 9

Albany, New York, US

Anyone else?

Apr 24 13 02:07 pm Link