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I was demonstrating to my wife where a person may find material for stock photos. I took this while waiting for the waitress in a cafe in Epson,NH with a "point and shoot Nikon.

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix S550 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Aug 2012 - 6:21 PM
Focal Length:6.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:64
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Salt
Username:macromutt macromutt
Uploaded:23 Nov 2012 - 9:49 PM
Tags:Black & white, Close-up / macro
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41216 forum posts United Kingdom200 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2012 - 12:41 AM

I agree with the sentiment, but.....
It's very stark. The lighting needs to be more controlled, and I feel a small reflector (the back of the menu?) off to the left would help even it out a little. The salt in the bottle is textureless, and might benefit from light more from the side (quite hard with only a fixed flash).
Also, the bottle in the background needs moving away, and maybe a slightly looser crop. As it is, it's unbalanced off to the right. A little "dead space" RHS might help balance the composition, as would a higher angle with the bottle coming toward you diagonally.

The idea is fine, but the limited equipment hampers the execution.

Nick

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
24 Nov 2012 - 6:33 AM

I like this photo a lot Smile Simple and effective ! Great stuff Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom860 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2012 - 2:32 PM

Unlikly to be accepted as stock. Mono for a start, most now need colour, they can make them mono if necessary. You would need better directional lighting and tight biting sharpness. However, the idea is right. Much stock imagery is rather different to that we take for general use.

Paul

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