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Posts: 3
San Diego, California, US

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Nov 29 12 08:21 am  Link  Quote 
Posts: 79
Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Of all the shots in your portfolio the fisheye and the woman with the saxaphone were the weakest IMHO. The fisheye in particular didn't do anything for me, the background is busy, there is no connection with the model (her mouth and overall expression says anger, her eyes are way up), dunno, just doesn't come together into a cohesive image.

The saxaphone image (might not be a sax, I'm just assuming it is) is also a bit confused. I'm not sure why these two elements are in the same shot - they don't play off each other or compliment each other. I also think the lighting is a little dark and doesn't really bring out much from the model. Her back looks interesting but there is such a fleeting portion of it visible... her knees on the other hand are very prominent.

The rest of the port I thought was pretty good. Some nice poses, dof, vibrancy etc.


Nov 29 12 02:59 pm  Link  Quote 
The Effective Image
Posts: 3,937
Lansing, Michigan, US


Sometimes your composition is dead on... and then an image or two later, I find myself saying WTF...

Just my opinion.
Nov 29 12 06:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Posts: 3
San Diego, California, US

Thanks all.  Very informative as I really want to get better.
Nov 30 12 07:19 am  Link  Quote 
255 West
Posts: 6,468
New York, New York, US

Someone else already said, your backgrounds are too cluttered.
The background is every bit as important as the foreground subject ... in some cases, more.

I personally search for and line up the background FIRST, and only then drop the model or the main subject in front.

Also, as was already mentioned, your compositions could be much stronger.

Something I always recommend is that photographers look at photographs. Find spectacular versions of shots you'd like to be able to do, then take your own version, copying the strongest elements of the photo. It's an invaluable way to learn.

AND ... shoot, shoot, shoot. Even when you feel frustrated because things don't seem to be working out, they are, sometime imperceptibly, but you ARE improving. If you look back a few months or a year or two later, you'll easily see your progress.
Nov 30 12 12:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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