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Playschool Theme Song

By susan2011
The task was to take a picture of a song title. This was taken in morning light.

Tags: Bears General Toys Song titles Toy Bears


dudler Plus
16 996 1552 England
17 Jul 2017 7:16AM
OK... I'm havign a slight conceptual problem, because I don't know hte title of the song, and I can't really guess it... 'Bear on a chair'?

Compositionally, I understand leaving room for the bear to look into on the right. However, the crop is tight on the left, and cuts off the bottom of the chair. A slightly wider zoom setting, or stepping back a little would have given a more relaxed frame.

Technically, the exposure is a little on the dark side... To a degree, that can convey dimmer light, but you generally need some brighter highlights to make it work as a technique.

So, an important question (or two) for you - how do you feel it works? Are there any aspects that you really wanted to come out differently?

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17 Jul 2017 7:45AM
Thank you again, it's only after receiving some feedback that I can see the issues. I agree the crop is far too tight and it would be better to see the complete chair. I would like to lighten the sourrounding dark areas and will see if I can do that in Photoshop which I'm just starting to learn.

The Playschool Theme Song is... 'there's a bear in there, and a chair as well, etc' so I'm happy with meeting the brief.

Kind regards
Robert51 11 7 92 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2017 8:25AM
I really like the image Susan with the bright colours and everyone loves a teddy bear.

John has pointed out most things which you can think about next time you shoot. The main thing with a shot like this is where do the shadows fall. A step to one side will make all the difference. You say your just started learning PS, so if you go to "Filter", "Camera Raw" a pop up screen will allow you to play with things like shadows etc.., just by moving a slider. This filter works on jpeg and raw files.

Good luck with your image and look forward to seeing lots more.
dudler Plus
16 996 1552 England
17 Jul 2017 9:58AM
Hi again Susan -

One of the lessons that this site teaches is that the web is multicultural, multinational, and multilingual. It's really easy for hte majority of members (who are in the UK) to forget that other people don't put BBC RAdio 4 on as a matter of course if they want news: or for Canadians to neglect the fact that many people in the rest of the world don't know the name of their government's cabinet members - and so on.

It's reassuring, though, that the majority of the pictures show that humanity is one entity, with common interests and problems, even though the details of our lives differ.

A really helpful thing, if you want maximum control of your images, is to shoot RAW as well as JPG files. It's an option in the menus, and not too hard to find, I think - though Olympus menus are not the greatest, I know! They allow far more range of adjustment.
17 Jul 2017 10:54AM
Hey dudler
These things make the site very exciting and extremely useful.... and also show that people around the world are very generous with their time and help. Now I alway shoot in RAW and JPEG, and I am getting used to the Olypus menus, which like everything are easy when you know how. Thanks again. Smile
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4067 Canada
17 Jul 2017 1:37PM
You did succeed Susan once the song is known.

On the other hand, I would also make the frame larger, but go the opposite way and darken and increase the shadow area, as in the quick mod. Would requite a shorter focal length.


Merlin_k Plus
11 39 13 United States
17 Jul 2017 1:38PM
Comments on the photography already being made, I will comment on the brief.
The Playschool programme (for those that don't know) is aimed at young children, as such is happy, fun and energetic. For me this image does not convey that. It is dark, and the bear is isolated. This makes it an image of reminiscence and sadness. The lighting is journalistic and the colours muted. Less playschool and more Victorian governess. With the added fear from that strong dark unlit negative space.
17 Jul 2017 2:59PM
Again, thank you everyone... I appreciate all the feedback... this is a great way to learn.

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