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Feedback needed, please.

10 Mar 2014 11:46AM
My camera is a Canon Powershot a1400. Before this I always used a camera phone. I'd appreciate if you could look at my pictures and give me some feedback to let me know if and where I might be going wrong or if there is anything I can do to improve my shots. Thanks in advance.
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derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2014 1:07PM
Hi Dawn,

I have just taken a peek at your portfolio and you plainly have a good 'eye' for photography. To get some detailed critique I would suggest posting your images to the critique gallery here on Ephotozine. I used it when I joined EPZ and found it extremely helpful and constructive.

The other bit of advice I can give you is to look at other photographers work (on sites like this and generally on the web and in books/magazines) as much as you can and analyze what you like about their work and then try to achieve it yourself. It really is the best way to learn. They say it takes 10,000 failed attempts until you can say that you have mastered any skill. That may be an exaggeration but it can take time depending on how serious you are about progressing and improving

With regard to the camera you are using I wouldnt rush headlong into changing it at the moment. As you progress you may want to look at buying a DSLR and some decent lenses but the Powershot is doing a reasonable job and its much more about developing your vision and eye at this stage. Fantastic images can be made with cheaper cameras and likewise I have seen people with thousands of worth of equipment upload shots inferior to what you have already achieved. When you really start to feel that the camera is holding you back then think about upgrading.

I know thats not a quick fix but hopefully its of some help. I have taken the trouble to reply to your post because I think you have potential, so just keep at it and use the resources of sites like this. I have found most people to be friendly and helpful.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 Mar 2014 1:17PM
Hi Dawn, Derek has offered some great advice. A new camera helps with resolution, and the technicalities - but it cant help one bit with a photographic eye or composition.

Looking at your PF it looks like you have some interesting ideas and concepts. Thats far more important. One thing I have noticed from a quick look, is that you favour a high vantage point - this can be dramatic and illustrate a point, but its rarely flattering, particularly with portraits (eye level is usually preferable). It can also "flatten" images so sometimes taking away the hight element. Try to explore different angles. One thing I notice is you favour mono, and have a good understanding of tone etc.

A great bit of advice I was given when I started (and still use now) is when you see an image you like, take time and see why. Is it the composition? is it you relate to it? does it look pretty? Disturbing (equally valid)? Is it just "nice" or do you really like it - would you hang it on your wall for example? Read a lot - look at art (you look like you have more creative side) - ask questions on here and elsewhere. Finally ask yourself in the photographers shoes what would you change and do differently.

Equally if an image doesn't work ask yourself why. What you will find is when you recognise what you want to achieve it will start to get easier.
dark_lord Plus
13 2.0k 485 England
10 Mar 2014 3:20PM
Hi Dawn,

If you want constructive feeddback you should use the Critique gallery. You will find this in the options whan you upload an image.
If you post in the normal galleries people will look, then they may either leave a vote (if you haven't disabled voting whivh it looks like you have on your previous uploads) or leave a 'nice pic' comment which is of littl ehelp when you want to learn.

Also look at other people's images and leave comments. They will then be inclined to look at your images. Just because you're a beginner don't think your comments aren't valid. For example, say what you like about an image. Most people don't mind you asking questions about how they took an image or set it up.


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