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Does anybody have any ideas on how to make this image better

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Sep 2013 - 10:07 PM
Focal Length:34mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.9
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:-7/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:poker
Username:JLynam JLynam
Uploaded:4 Jul 2014 - 8:44 PM
Tags:Cards, Chips, Close up, Close-up / macro, Light, Macro, Moody, Poker
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Digby
Digby e2 Member 661 forum postsDigby vcard Wales
4 Jul 2014 - 8:47 PM

Good composition and use of shallow depth of field.

Last Modified By Digby at 4 Jul 2014 - 8:48 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2982 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2014 - 11:42 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Do you mean in post processing, or when taking a similar shot again?

Dont see a whole lot wrong with it, what do you think needs changing?

Loaded a quick mod with minor changes. Very slightly brighter, warmer tone, and added some space at the top for an A4 crop.

The stack of chips in the middle is not visible in any detail, so doing it over they need to be in the light.


BTW, when you are in Manual mode, using exposure compensation has no effect, - it just shows on the EC dial and the exif. All parameters are under your control, the camera can do nothing.


Regards


Willie

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JLynam
JLynam Junior Member 4 Ireland
5 Jul 2014 - 12:06 PM


Quote: Do you mean in post processing, or when taking a similar shot again?

Dont see a whole lot wrong with it, what do you think needs changing?

Loaded a quick mod with minor changes. Very slightly brighter, warmer tone, and added some space at the top for an A4 crop.

The stack of chips in the middle is not visible in any detail, so doing it over they need to be in the light.


BTW, when you are in Manual mode, using exposure compensation has no effect, - it just shows on the EC dial and the exif. All parameters are under your control, the camera can do nothing.


Regards


Willie

Sorry I should of made it clearer, I meant in post proceesing and in reply to your comment about the chips that is what I was trying to achieve when taking the shot but I will take on board what you have said and keep it mind when taking similar shots.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2014 - 5:59 PM

I don't think there is much that would make this image better, Jonathon, you have done a good job.
The shallow depth of field works extremely well, and the lighting looks good.

Since the centre stack of chips is obscured because there was not sufficient light on it, I would suggest removing it because it just looks like a very dark black area where there shouldn't be one.

I have done this in my modification, also brightened the image slightly, and cropped the right side.
The reason for the crop is because the negative space isn't really necessary, nothing is leaning or "moving" towards the right.
Placing your main subject off-centre, as with the rule of thirds, often creates a more interesting photo, but it can also leave a void in the scene which can make it feel empty. You could balance the "weight" of your subject by including another object of lesser importance to fill the space, if you so desired, like a pair of specs perhaps?

Pamela.

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11163 forum postsdudler vcard England389 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2014 - 7:42 PM

This is all about options, and I've actually gone the opposite way to Willie and Pamela.

Hi, Jonathon, and welcome to the Critique Gallery. I don't think I've seen your name here before: apologies if that's just because I'm relatively new to the Critique Team.

I like the way you've vignetted the image: good idea, and works well. However, I think the crop could be tighter: and it doesn't need to be the same format as either the sensor, or a sheet of paper. Mod coming shortly, which pays heed to the rule of thirds Pamela mentioned..

Having cropped, I've burned in the bottom right corner, to restore the vignette.

I've also burned in the hightlights in the lighter pile of chips, as I find the brightness a little distracting away from the heart (or should that be club?) of the picture.

For me, the picture's about that beautifully-toned card, and the chips are subsiduary - though as I don't play poker, I may be missing the point entirely.

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