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Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
27 Dec 2008 2:49PM
There was clearly a lot of potential here - I am looking at the background of the main picture for example.

But this grouping of a large picture, accompanied by 3 smaller ones, mean the eye is darting all over the place. There is nothing particularly bad about any of the photos, but grouped together it looks more like something you might see in a seaside postcard.

Perhaps one large photo with a smaller one inset could work better if you want to group photos like this.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2008 8:31PM
What a lovely idea, to have the wedding outdoors, and it looks like the weather was kind to them, too. Even viewing this in the large version, I am trying to see the one top left, which I think I like best, so have to agree with CB about the grouping. A shot of just the bride and groom against the abbey ruins would be wonderful, did you get one like that? I don't think the inclusion of the back of all the wedding guests heads does anything for the main picture, it only serves to take attention away from the main subject. The ruins in the background are a nice feature, though.
Wellspring 12 86 37 England
29 Dec 2008 6:29PM
Thank you both for your comments and suggestions.

Seaside postcard eh? lol not quite sure what you meant by that... reminds me of the picture of a big fat bride with a small groom walking to the front with these words:
A Church Wedding: Aisle Altar Hymn

Now this Picture is one of my favourites so I was expecting/hoping for suggestions on how to improve it. But then one does not always get what one expects.

I still like it a lot and it is ok that you dont share my point of view, but the interesting things is why have I come up with something so different. I have only shot one wedding so experience is not on my side. This is the second Wedding Album I have done so I am learning a lot all the time.

The bride has chosen about 500 photos she would like in her album, hence more than one or two photos per page than normal. But maybe your point is that including all these actually detracts from potentially good pictures. I will go back to what I have done and look at them again in that light.

The other point that occurred to me is that this particular bride loves photographs and spend hours going through every photo looking at all the details, so she likes seeing the heads of who was there, what the were wearing, what they were doing etc etc. So again I am going to revisit what i have done to see if I have over-done this.

The other observation is about the eye darting around the page and I certainly recognise the truth in this. I had not seen it as a problem, just that the page was more like a magazine or most TV shows with fast cutting, showing many different angles. Again, I will now go back and see if it works in practise.

I realise now that I presented the picture out of context and therefore you are only able to comment on this one pic.

I have the album on line if you wanted to see the other pictures that we have done so far - there are more to do. And WE ALL AGREE THAT THE FRONT COVER HAS TO GO!!! www.john-wood-photography.co.uk/albums/01/

Many thanks for your most provoking comments and suggestions!!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 12:06AM
I think that if I were the bride and these were the wedding pictures, I would be looking at them completely differently. I would want a record of the day, the people, the setting, the ceremony and most of all the joy of it all. Looking at a picture that is put into the Critique Gallery and attempting to suggest ways of improving it either in-camera or by editing is different. This is why we ask you to tell us what critique you are looking for, what aspect do you feel needs improving, etc. If you had said that this is going into a wedding album, as it is, with the montage-type format, we would have been better able to critique more constructively. It throws a different light on it, at least for me. I can see that all four pictures were taken from different angles and in the same setting, and if you took a lot, then grouping them together is probably a nice idea, and if the bride and groom want the smaller ones enlarged, so be it. I hope you can see this from the team's point of view.
Thankyou for your feedback.
Pamela.
Wellspring 12 86 37 England
31 Dec 2008 12:25AM
Thanks Pam - I had not quite appreciated the important of stating the context. I am on a steep learning curve understanding the different effects of photographs, styles and context.

I appreciate your comments and will be more careful about what I am asking for in the future. However, while the comments may have been mad out of context, they were certainly still valid and useful for me in a different context.

John

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