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Beauty of Flower

By AjuPallichal    
Dear friends i am just an beginner in this field and i want to know about my photography skills,give me some suggestion related to my stills that will be very use full to my career in this field. I also welcome the modifications of stills that i have taken ,and give good critique
Thank you

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paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 7:41AM
I would leave the logo off, particularly the signature. It is very eye pulling. Good shot with a lot of impac but very limited depth of field. Only a tiny bit at the top of the petal is truly sharp. You are using a compact, but can sellect aperture and should be able to go down to f8. You would then need to up ISO unless more light or a tripod were available.


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Thank you sir thanks for ur suggestion... Smile
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:40PM
i agree about keeping logos off the image but thats your choice.

this a pleasant image, better than most that are similar appearing in the CG

compositionally the image is lovely with the curve of the leaf adding a lot to the strength of the shapes within the picture.
the colours are good and not overcooked and the bakground is nicely subdued yet detail is still visible.

the rim of the petals is sharp and well recorded but for me (and most judges of natural history subjects) the stemens inside the flower need to be recorded sharp too. this can be tricky to get this right without compromising the background dof. sometimes focus stacking is used but this a tricky technique that need a fair bit of practice (im still practicing)
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 2:30PM
I had a quick look at your website and was amazed that a lot of the pictures seem to be mainly text and signatures. As you are telling us that you wish for help to make a career of photography, my first sadvice would be to create good images unblemished by such additions. I am aware it is your choice but I don't believe it helps a beginner to start a career.

Now this image is quite good and good critique has been applied, I would like to suggest you try some square formats for flower pioctures and also do a bit of experimenting with different apertures at different focal lengths until you become proficient at this aspect of your chosen career. There are a lot of examples scattered throughout members portfolios, have a look at those and read the critique applied there, kit will all help you to progress. Good luck with that but take your time to learn thoroughly as there is no quick route to success, every aspect takes time.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
3 Oct 2012 7:09PM
Welcome to Ephotozine AJ.

I will add to what already been said, and hopefully wont repeat too much.

You have to get to the stage where you "think" like a camera. Sounds strange, but thats where you will end up with practice.

What did the camera "think" when you presented this flower image to it, and ask it to capture an image?

First thought it had was, - am I in complete control, or is the photographer telling me to prioritize something?

It didnt see a flower, it saw light; its internal program calculated the light to arrive at an answer, and that answer = 18% grey. It took into account the very bright flower centre, and the darker background areas, and in getting to its pre determined answer, it had to take some guesses, which included making the white too white in order to get the darks visible. It also noticed that you had instructed it, correctly, to apply a -1 exposure compensation, which would have told it NOT to sacrifice the bright areas, rather sacrifice the dark areas. So all was good with the camera. It then decided on aperture and speed, and took the image.

But the result is an overexposed centre? So theres something about the exif data that confuses me, and if you can confirm, - did you tell it to underexpose by one full stop (exif says 1sec which does make sense), exposure mode then says -1 step which doesnt make sense, and then the flash says compulsory, which mean to me that the flash fired.

Using flash as a fill in flash, rather than the main light source would have probably resulted in a better exposure. To tell the camera to do this, you use Aperture priority mode, flash compulsory, and the cameras logic will now decide to use the ambient light, and only use a small amount of light from the flash.

So if you can fill in the missing or confusing information, I will check back.

I have uploaded a mod, - and used a square format like Frank, and recovered the lost highlights in the centre, then make the background leaf less prominent.



banehawi ,

Thank you to all for giving me such an valuable critique about my still as per above comment that "Focus_Man" said that "As you are telling us that you wish for help to make a career of photography....." that was true i am just an beginner in this field , adding signatures in still that was my first mistake . over expose is another one . i promise you to i will change my self but it will take time once again thank you "banehawi,Focus_Man,NEWMANP" for give me valuable information ....

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