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05/03/2015 - 4:56 PM


MiaYou need to consider both lighting and pose. You are under exposed and her hair has completely gone. I suspect just one light here with diffuser. You need more light on her face and hair and possibly a rim light if you must have a dense black background.

The elbow on the right as viewed is a bit unattractive. The idea is there, but turn her a bit to correct the elbow, then think lighting.

04/03/2015 - 8:45 PM

Rancho Meadow

Rancho MeadowNice shot and mono works here. I think I would crop top and bottom to a letterbox. You loose nothing and concentrate the eye on the real image, the central part.

02/03/2015 - 9:49 AM


FruitOther than fruit I have no idea what this is and, without your one word title, would not have guessed fruit either. Therin lies your problem. Shooting at f20, even with an 'L' lens, is not going to give the best quality.

Nothing suggests how big this fruit is? If it is very small requiring depth of field, then a fixed focal length macro lens will be a much better bet.

You need to rethink lighting and presentation. The dramatic lighting is more for an effect image. Possibly cut the fruit? Arrange with softer lighting and a suitable blurred but varigated background?

Depends what end product you, or your client if it was a job, wanted, but this image doesn't make me want to eat the fruit of have anything to do with it.

Your text suggests you were in business and hope to be again. You must fully master your gear and the techniques your customers require. You must satisfy your customers requirements, not your own likes and dislikes.

Not easy. Give us more details of what you want to do for advice.

26/02/2015 - 8:04 AM

Flash forward

Flash forwardTechnically covered above. You are significantly under exposed on the flowers.

You need to learn to analyse results from the Histogram and visually. Look at other efforts, possibly in the main gallery rather than critique, but do not assume they are correct either. This immediately appears under exposed and you must learn to see that, then correct the lighting.

On manual, the guns will not talk to the camera, but experiment. Experience is the way to learn, and you must master two things at the start of any photographic career.

Exposure and focusing. Very wide statements, but what is the correct exposure? How do I achieve it? Is auto focus the right way to go, or should it be manual, as here.

23/02/2015 - 8:33 PM

ready to fall..

ready to fall..Nicely done with a compact. I think you needed the negative compensation. I might have tried one with even more to darken the background more, then brighten up the drop with the dodge took. It would be nice if the drop were larger in the frame but too much cropping reduces large image resolution.

13/02/2015 - 7:50 PM

flash struggling

flash strugglingYou have some underexposure here and that is why you have a light grey background. Did you use a tripod? If not the slightly weird effect could be a sharp flash image and a slightly blurred ambient image.

I often mix flash and ambient. The skill is for it to appear natural.

Fotpr me, the composition is not too good. One bloom does stand out as subject, and is quite sharp, but otherwise there is just a mass of yellow. I would come in rather closer, still with one bloom dominant, but all the background cropped out.

Actually, not too bad, though.

12/02/2015 - 7:01 PM

I should have tried harder

I should have tried harderThe crop is unusual and different. Going to be a Marmite one. It's not for me. A bit too much in a corner. I would keep with the left hand position, but go for a landscape image. Just me.

What I'm not sure about is the overall quality. If you intended this look, OK, but it looks rather over exposed to me. You don't mention flash or any light source, but I'm guessing there is flash in there somewhere. The colour looks wrong.

12/02/2015 - 2:50 PM

The Shopping Monk

The Shopping MonkFor me, a fine image in there, but you need all the woman in, or, better, not there at all. Then fill the frame along the lines of the shop doorway. A very strong, colourful and interest image would result.

You would then need to be sure the monk was full sharp.

10/02/2015 - 2:23 PM

AZ fence


It needs more.

07/02/2015 - 8:25 AM

He dosn't know it's not loaded

He dosn't know it's not loadedIn general, I like it a lot. I'm quite happy with presentation but the lighting is just a touch out. A tiny bit under exposed, maybe, or in need of a weak flash fill? A bi of work with the dodge tool on the heavy shadows of his uniform, but with great care or contrast will suffer.

I just wonder if the edge is off the sharpness. Did you use a tripod? Even with full frame the shutter speed might be a bit low.

03/02/2015 - 2:14 PM

Inch Strand, Co. Kerry

Inch Strand, Co. KerryThe other way is just to use the crop tool freehand and your eye. A nice enough scene but tones seem a little weak. I suspect a little over exposure. I assume the small aperture was for depth of field, but f8 and focus on the foreground would have done the job.

Compositionally the rocks lead across the image to the right side where there is nothing really to stop on. I know I keep saying this on many images, and it is a personal issue, I know, but it needs a subject.

The rocks fail to do that because there are a number of them acting as a lead in. But they lead to the frame edge which is, indeed, a rule breaker, but it jars here.

02/02/2015 - 9:36 AM

Spread your wings

Spread your wingsYou are blowing v1 up. Any imperfections are thus greater. You need a bit more depth of field as insurance and that means more light.

A tripod does not guarantee sharpness. Was it on solid ground? Was a wind blowing. You are applying huge magnification and thus magnifying any movement.

Macro is not easy and a lot of practice is needed and there is always a high failure rate. I use a minimum of f8 unless after minimal depth of field, which is rare. I am more likely to be at f16.

The problem then is enough light and a low ISO for quality. It means, invariably, a dedicated macro flash unit.

01/02/2015 - 11:16 AM

East Twice Brewed

East Twice BrewedNot sure about this one, Nige. I expect moonlight to be clear, bright and have a blue cast. The effect here is a very muddy brown and I don't think it works. I know it's dark and moonlit, but I think the problem is under exposure. The positive correction will have no effect on a manual exposure of course.

It is effective, but not terribly natural.

31/01/2015 - 2:23 PM

Dark Side

Dark SideI like the harsh look. It suites better. The Hoodie doesn't matter to me but I would try and tone down the two highlight skin areas just a bit if any detail is left. The face would look better close to the left edge of the frame, moving it away from dead centre.

I,like Willie, use Photoshop. What you cannot do in Photoshop is not worth having in terms of normal photography. Elements is pretty well as good in almost all respects and costs a lot less. I've looked at these additive programs and, much like buying an up market car, you buy lots of bits and pieces to get just one you need, or think you need.

I'm a keen angler. Much of the content of an angling shop is there to catch anglers, not fish. That applies to many sports and pass times.

28/01/2015 - 9:01 PM

Wroclaw Church Poland

Wroclaw Church PolandEffective and a good conversion with full range of tones. When blown up the top of the image looks less sharp than rpthe bottom to me. It is acceptable, but I think you have focused lower down and f5 has not quite been enough to give overall sharpness.

A tripod and f11 at least with use of the hyper focal distance would give top to bottom sharpness.

27/01/2015 - 8:45 AM

First time at sea - 1/1 in B&W

First time at sea - 1/1 in B&WBasically, you need to decide yourself on crop. It is very personal to get composition right for the eye, or for the purpose. Without general reference to your image, I would use mono, it does suite. I would crop below the horizon. You do not need any sky and the yacht draws the eye. I would crop quite close with most room on the left. Might even flip the image so they are running left to right. Fits the eye better.

I would run the dodge tool with a very small brush lightly over the figures to brighten them up a bit.

It is a well seen and recorded shot with considerable potential but there are many images in there? Which is best?

Maurice cleaning up "dead fall"A good interesting shoypt. Possibly just needs a bit more room on the left. The bucket is near the frame edge. Spot entering on auto is dangerous, but worked well here. I assume you used shutter lock?

23/01/2015 - 8:40 AM

Winter Rose

Winter RoseWell composed. It is just a touch under exposed and lacks that crispness of a really sharp image. Nothing is pin sharp, so I suspect a touch of movement, but the rose is a deep flower, so should you focus on the front of the petals or the stamen? Matter of taste.

Even on a compact, you could have done with more depth of field. The lighting was dull and thus, against you.

21/01/2015 - 7:21 PM

Deutschland's Sunset

Deutschland's SunsetWe need a bit more information to comment fully. This looks over exposed and I suspect a very high ISO due to the lack of contrast and heavy blue cast. The deep shadows should be black ideally to give the image some bite.

What is the subject? Ideally, you need something dominant on which to base your composition. A focal point.

18/01/2015 - 10:55 PM

The Hand-off

The Hand-offA good image. The quality is not good but I would say adequate due to conditions. The softness and flat image with huge grain is due mostly to the very high ISO. However, the lighting may determine this setting to get a result at all.

You are not at 500mm. Was the camera supported? A monopod perhaps?

If not, you should get one. They are cheap and most people shooting this kind if subject use one.

Here, you could improve things by darkening the image a bit and adding a touch of contrast. The image would then have more impact.

Sale? Yes, possibly. Several possibilities. The team players if amateur level. Local newspaper, but only on a quick turn round basis. Libraries might have an interest in off the ball action like this as it might have more general appeal. Otherwise the action is only viable for a short time.

Some libraries would demand a model release and that is usually not practical. That is unless the shot is newsworthy, then it would sell as editorial.

The other possibility is if the players are well known. There are then library possibilities.

Quality does matter and you should strive for the best possible in the conditions prevailing.