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lakeside sunset

lakeside sunset by davidbuller

Hi, this has the potential to be a nice photo with a reasonable conposition, but the foreground is underexposed and parts of the sky are overexposed. The photo could have been much better if you had used a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure of the sky/land. There's plenty of info on this site regarding ND grads. This would have made you able to see the jetty and would have given the sky more texture and better colour. Hope this helps. Nick

Harju in Fall

Harju in Fall by Soundphobic

Hi Soundphobic,
I don't know where Harju is, but it certainly looks beatiful. I think there are a number of things that could be done to make the photo better. Firstly, the horizon isn't straight, so that needs straightening. Secondly the branch in the top left corner I think distracts the eye. Branches like that can frame a photo, but you need to have more of it up the side of the photo, otherwise it looks like it accidently crept in. Thirdly, I think the sky is overexposed and the foreground underexposed - you should try using neutral density graduated filters to try to balance the exposure - there is good guidance how to do this on this website. Finally, I think a lower viewpoint would have helped the composition. If you look at all of the good landscape photographson this website, the vast majority all have some sort of foreground interest to lead the eye in.
Hope this helps,

art shop

art shop by xwang

Hi, this seems to be a really nice holiday snap. Its a shame the photo does not extend downwards as it appears that the bottom of the stand has been chopped off. Also, it might be better is the interiour of the shop/shop sign was brightened a bit.

Mariquita, "A thing of beauty" Photo by Laureaf

Mariquita, "A thing of beauty" Photo by Laureaf by Laureaf

Hi, I agree with Cath about the framing. Also, the highlights in the sky appear to be blown - there is no detail - something that cold be rescued in photoshop. Also, its very grainy.


Orion by dusandimc

Mmmm, doesn't do it for me. I must say its not very interesting. Have a look on this site for other night shots and stair trails. If you want to take photos of stars there are a number of techniques you can use to assist and produce stunning photos.

The New Alice

The New Alice by songbird_gallery

Agree with the above. I think since you have just clipped the elbow and knee, you do need a tighter crop. Great tones though - I really like the way the whites are burnt out - often it detracts, but in this instance I think it adds something.


Squirrel by NomadDrifter

Hi, shame about the tail. If you had got the tail in I think it would be a super photo.


Liza? by Wellspring

Good in the conditions, but I think the top right corner is distracting and the fact that the face is too soft ditracts quite alot.

A view of Gwalior fort  6

A view of Gwalior fort 6 by kishanm14

This is a nice snapshot, but it lacks that something. I don't think it helps that it isn't that sharp, plus its a bit wonky.


jessica by pjplant

As above, I think its a great snapshot and should take pride of place in the family album. Technically it is also very good, although I am not sure that the eyes are the primary area of focus, which they should be in any portrait. Anyhow, I would be proud if this was my photo.

Off Road

Off Road by isibs

Agree with previous comments - I think the crop is too tight. SInce you've got most of the quadbike in the frame, it looks a bit silly that a small area is cropped. Also would have benfitted from smaller depth of field with trees more blurred.

Lent Lillies

Lent Lillies by kaffi74

Hi, must agree with miptog - not sure what the point of the photo is - theres no clear focal point, plus there is a distracting orangey/yellow cast to the photo.

green pepper

green pepper by nate_jenks

Hi, I look closely at the work of Edward Weston when I was at college and I can see what you are tying to achieve by replicating his work on Peppers and Egg plants, but I think there are two main areas that you should consider if you want to replicate Edward Weston's work. Firstly, his photos were always perfectly sharp, whereas you photo appears to be partially out of focus. Try using a smaller aperature to achive a greater depth of field. Secondly, Weston's photos relied upon the different tones and textures to create an image with high contrast. I think this is something that is difficult to achieve in colour. Try converting your image to black and white and start playing with the contrast. On a more positive note, I think that the lighting you have is very much in the style of weston, with the shadows and the areas of dark and light. Keep up the good work.

Mevagissey LightHouse

Mevagissey LightHouse by ngallagher

Hi, I agree with Willie. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the shot (in fact it is well exposed and a good composition), brilliant photos are often all about having the right conditions, whereas this appears to be a very good holiday snap. My only other comment is that the top of the lighthouse appears as if its cropped off. Its always good to get a bit of clear air around the subject.


Loch Naver in winter

Loch Naver in winter by emacklyn

Looks like a beautiful scene, but as the horizon is not straight its just so distracting you can appreciate landscape. Also, the bottom half of the photo is underexposed and the upper half is overexposed.

St Andrews Harbour

St Andrews Harbour by shoogly

Good range of colours and a decent HDR.

However, three points - firstly the lens flare is the first thing i notice when I look at this photo, its very distracting. Secondly the horizon isn't straight - also very distracting. And thirdly, the composition could be more interesting - the big slabs at the front are dull and the horizon passes straight through the middle. The buildings on the left either needs to be more prominent or removed completely otherwise it looks like they krept into the photo.

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I love your portfolio. You seem to have the knack of taking brilliant photos in very ordinary situations, which in my opinion is the sign of a really great photographer.