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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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!