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Photographer
Distinct Genius
Posts: 5
Binghamton, New York, US


I have a few photos up as of right now in my gallery. I would like to hear the thoughts on everyone else here on MM.. The critiques would be highly appreciated. Thanks for everyones time! Have a great weekend!
Feb 01 13 07:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Good Egg Productions
Posts: 14,701
Orlando, Florida, US


You'll need to ask something specific.

Barring that, I can only give a general critique.


They're terrible.


I know that's not very helpful, and I apologize for that, but if you could ask for a more refined critique, I can be far more detailed.
Feb 01 13 07:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
GER Photography
Posts: 7,255
Imperial, California, US


The quality of your pics does not match the experience you say you have.
Feb 01 13 07:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RachelReilly
Posts: 1,696
Washington, District of Columbia, US


In my opinion, not good at all. :-/

I highly suggest ready and studying up on lighting and fashion/ portrait photography.

And I am questioning 2 words in your profile- experienced and professional....
Feb 01 13 07:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Good Egg Productions
Posts: 14,701
Orlando, Florida, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130128/21/51075f20e1d27_m.jpg

You're 6'1", she's 5'4" and heavy.  The WORST way to shoot her is from a standing position and as close as you are.  Get 20 feet away, sit down and shoot that way.  It will make her a bit taller and make her appear thinner.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130115/16/50f5f00bae0cf_m.jpg

This woman has blurred skin on her face and arms, but you didn't do anything to her hands.  Why not?  This is really sloppy and poor retouching.


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130115/16/50f5efe766823_m.jpg

Why do you hate skin?  You blur it to the point where it all just melts and blends together into plastic.  No one in the history of humans looks like this.


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130118/11/50f99d3828ece_m.jpg

This one I actually like.  It's stylized enough to tolerate the heavy handed retouching.  So this one should stay.  It's raw and looks somewhat commercial.


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130115/16/50f5f2fdcc036_m.jpg

This is a cell phone snap shot.  If you can explain why this is not, I'll listen.


The "M" shot is pretty much a complete mess with the hot spots on her leg, the very awkward angle, the "dead model" posing, and the distracting and loud background rug.  I'm also not understanding the color toning you applied.





So that's the best I could do.  It looks like you're just starting out. That's good.  That means you can only improve.  If you've been shooting for years, and this is the best you've got, then photography just isn't for you.  Then again, if it's something you really enjoy, don't let me tell you that you can't continue enjoying it.
Feb 01 13 07:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DavidCoward Photography
Posts: 629
Sandy Springs, Georgia, US


I'm just going to make a few very general comments. People with more knowledge than me will go more in-depth.

#1 would work better if the fabric were pulled away from her face.
#2 is grainy and fuzzy
#3 would be nice if the model were more in focus; also you need to shop out the splotches on the wall behind her
#4 is overexposed and the color balance seems off (maybe deliberate?); also you should avoid shooting at a downward angle at the model, as it makes her legs look stubby
#5 is really nice, but the skin is over-processed
#6 is really nice! Good photo
#7 is fine
#8 just looks like a snapshot of your buddy; sorry, it's uninteresting
#9 is nice, but again the skin is over-processed
#10 has good potential but again the skin is over-processed (and it's kind of jarring to see the contrast between the too-smooth skin and her eyelids); also, it looks like you used a wide-angle lens for the close-up, which distorts her face

I think you've got some good potential going on there. Your biggest challenge right now is post-processing.

Best of luck, keep going!
Feb 01 13 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Aaron Lewis Photography
Posts: 5,076
Catskill, New York, US


Rachel Reilly wrote:
In my opinion, not good at all. :-/

I highly suggest ready and studying up on lighting and fashion/ portrait photography.

And I am questioning 2 words in your profile- experienced and professional....

+1 in addition to your experience claim

Feb 01 13 09:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,803
New York, New York, US


just awful,

reminds me how a character. a HS music instructor, described Woody Allens' character in "Take the money and run" trying to learn to play cello  " he has no musical sense at all- infact he tried to play the cello at first by blowing into it"
Feb 01 13 09:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
EdwardKristopher
Posts: 3,338
Tempe, Arizona, US


Distinct Genius wrote:
I have a few photos up as of right now in my gallery. I would like to hear the thoughts on everyone else here on MM.. The critiques would be highly appreciated. Thanks for everyones time! Have a great weekend!

Be careful what you ask for out here!

Feb 01 13 10:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Distinct Genius
Posts: 5
Binghamton, New York, US


Well, based on the critiques received I can only take them and run with them. I appreciate the time and the effort in pointing out the flaws. I see now all the pointers people have given and will take them into consideration.

As for the experience and professional, I can see where everyone is coming from. However, experience in my eyes is learning and understanding the difference of a standard point and shoot and a SLR. Understanding fstops, exposure, shutter speed and etc.. Someone with no knowledge of this has no experience with a camera. I have much to learn and improve FACT. Professionalism, when you can treat your subject with the upmost respect and understand what they want in the picture and try your best to accomplish that. Maybe we just have different definitions to them.

To keep this short. I will continue improving and hope that those who have left their  opinion here can keep following my work as I update the portfolio with yet better shots. Thanks for everyones time! I continue in hearing more from everyone!
Feb 02 13 12:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Raven-Lily
Posts: 77
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom


i can tell you the difference between a point and shoot cam and a SLR, i know about shutter speeds, etc

doesnt make me an experienced photographer just shows i know my way around a camera nothing more

I think writing yourself as Experienced with the quality you are producing is an insult to the real  Experienced photographers who can produce fab shots with their eyes closed
Feb 02 13 12:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Michael Kerrek
Posts: 1,350
Orlando, Florida, US


Distinct Genius wrote:
... experience in my eyes is learning and understanding the difference of a standard point and shoot and a SLR. Understanding fstops, exposure, shutter speed and etc.. Someone with no knowledge of this has no experience with a camera.

I know how to hold a brush, and I'm fantastic with differentiating color, but I'm no painter.

Just saying.

Feb 02 13 01:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,803
New York, New York, US


Its not about the equipment- not the fstop or shutter speed, or lens filter- its the eye that is most in need of training.   Improve  thru immersion  in classical painting -  the poses, lighting. composition...

Can you imagine spending 1- 2-3 months before clicking the shudder?  That's what the masters did before finalizing a painting.
Feb 02 13 08:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DRaskin Photography
Posts: 162
Sacramento, California, US


The one thing I can say in addition to some of the above, is work on composition and cropping of the shots. Rule of thirds, don't cut off limbs, etc. Keep shooting and working at it and you'll get better results.
Feb 02 13 10:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Cole Morrison
Posts: 3,958
Portland, Oregon, US


poor editing
poor framing
poor lighting
Feb 02 13 10:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Distinct Genius
Posts: 5
Binghamton, New York, US


Thanks everyone.. Working on improvement
Feb 03 13 10:18 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
dan viescas studios
Posts: 55
San Jacinto, California, US


All the advice every one has giving you is stuff you learn in school. You need to go take class's in photography,editing,post production and retouching. You just don't pick up a camera shoot a few photos and the call yourself a photographer. It takes years of schooling years of shooting and most importantly you must have the eye/talent for it.
Feb 03 13 10:39 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Kassi Hile
Posts: 1
Marinette, Wisconsin, US


I am VERY new to the modeling game. I would love some critiques on my photos. Thank you!
Feb 03 13 03:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
E e v a
Posts: 1,723
Nashville, Tennessee, US


Kassi Hile wrote:
I am VERY new to the modeling game. I would love some critiques on my photos. Thank you!

Kassi you need to post your own thread to get critique.

Feb 03 13 03:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,113
Tampa, Florida, US


I don't often feel bad for an OP asking for a Critique. In this case I do lol.

I will say that I don't think your skills are horrible. But your portfolio is the one impression we have. And your portfolio tells me that, how can I say this delicately? Let's just say, it doesn't look like you spent a lot of time scanning the Fresh Faces section of Ford for talent.

The right model and MUA is a good first step in building a viable portfolio. And even if you don't have access to the best models, learn how to pose and light to make the best out of the models you do have.
Feb 03 13 04:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LA StarShooter
Posts: 1,673
Los Angeles, California, US


dan viescas studios wrote:
All the advice every one has giving you is stuff you learn in school. You need to go take class's in photography,editing,post production and retouching. You just don't pick up a camera shoot a few photos and the call yourself a photographer. It takes years of schooling years of shooting and most importantly you must have the eye/talent for it.

I don't think school is for everyone. The OP may profit from the criticism. He appears open and wants to do better. I know two great photographers, one is rather huge and my friend never took a course. He could give one. But he never went to school. I'm not decrying it, it's just a blanket statement of advice. I know cinematographers.  LA/Hollywood is a great place to develop photography skills.

Feb 03 13 04:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,493
Santa Ana, California, US


Well, a lot of it is fairly hard to look at. It wouldn't hurt you to read up a bit on lighting. But there are problems with the things you say you're good at also.

The one headshot, where the lighting is not bad, you have totally destroyed the image by smoothing the skin so radically in post.
Feb 03 13 04:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Ashlyn Orion
Posts: 35
Kihei, Hawaii, US


for me, since i am not so technically inclined when I look at a photo and decide if I like it, I would say yes, you need to work on some lighting techniques. But also, some of the photos are good, and I can imagine if you had a better looking model it would be a more stunning shot?
Feb 03 13 04:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Distinct Genius
Posts: 5
Binghamton, New York, US


Yes, I see what everyone is talking about.. Once again thanks to all the new critiques. Taking them as they come.. Some came down hard, but it comes with the critique and I accept it. Because without true opinions you will only fail.. I plan on doing better. I will be updating my port soon and will post an update! Thanks in advance to all!
Feb 03 13 08:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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