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11/02/2012 - 8:37 PM

Portraits / people

Portraits / peopleHi Rada & welcome to the site, you've put this for critique, but haven't said what you want advice on, so I'll try to say what I think about the image.

The pose is a little awkward, she appears to be leaning away from you and trying to move along the seat, also the smile seems quite forced, almost worried. It's also a little soft.
On a positve note you have an attractive model & if you do another shoot, try to get poses where your model is comfortable and you will get a more relaxed facial expression.

Hope that helps.
08/02/2012 - 5:02 PM


breastsI note from your portfolio that you do not want negative comments, but I would like to suggest that you look at some of the excellent art nude work on here and take some tips and inspiration from it.
There are a few things I could suggest with this shot and a couple of you other images. First, take the time to look at your model and use a pose that flatters their shape and form and isn't just body parts (ie the shot of the legs you have done, makes the models thighs look large in comparison with the feet), where possible, use a lower ISO to ensure less grain in the shot and make sure your focus is correct, as for instance this shot appears to have no focus point.
Also, watch your PS work, as there is a gap where you have not patterned round the nipple and a bit at the top where the work goes over the skin.
15/09/2011 - 4:52 PM

Yeah, What?

Yeah, What?If she was my dog though, this would still be printed, and probably be my computer screen saver Smile
You could crop to portrait format showing just the head and shoulders and removing the lines, that might work as a variant and would be fairly simple.
15/09/2011 - 2:37 PM

Yeah, What?

Yeah, What?Hello Claire and welcome to Ephotozine. This is such a great first upload, that expression is just so funny and full of character. If I was to be picky and in a perfect world, the whole dog would have been visible and the lines behind the head wouldn't be there, but it's a really nice black & white conversion and the focus is on the face where you would want it to be.
13/09/2011 - 1:18 PM

Around the bend

Around the bendLike the angle on this, a shame the main riders face isn't in sharp focus. It looks as though your focus was on the riders just behind. Don't know whether you'd set it to manually focus on that point? If so, you may find it better with cycling to use focus tracking and keep a focus point on your main riders face.
20/04/2011 - 10:47 AM

Me being an estate agent

Me being an estate agentI take quite a few of these for work, so hope you don't mind a couple of pointers. Firstly, white balance, they are all a bit too warm with the tungsten lighting, if you've shot RAW, I'd adjust them to natural. Also in #1, the lights are a little bit too bright and I can see a person? in the doorway to the left. My only other suggestions would be to brighten them all up as they are rather too dark (people like bright) and also correct your perspective, make sure your vertical lines are straight and make sure everything is level. I quite often use HDR very lightly now to bring out all the detail & tone.
I've not posted any on here, but if you pm me your email address I can show you a couple that I've done recently.
diamonds are a girls best friendI've recently been working for a jeweller, shooting for his website and think you just need to brighten the background more to white, which in turn will lighten some of the darker stones and make them sparkle. Also, remove the marks from the top of the shot and make sure you have the DOF to get the facets of the stones in focus. Also placement of the stones, it looks like the largest is facing away from the camera and that would be better really focused on.
23/02/2011 - 4:11 PM


blackkatThe use of selective colour looks a little odd on this one, with just the child in colour and the flowers. The ISO also may have been a little high as there is alot of grain and the exposure has left a few blown highlights. I'm not sure if the focus is spot on, but it's always tricky to tell with a web image.
If possible, try to get the subjects looking at your camera, as they are all looking at someone else here. I find that when I'm shooting cyclists that yelling "look at the bloody camera" helps Smile
18/02/2011 - 2:15 PM

Well Over

Well OverBloody superb! One of the most dynamic hunt shots I've seen for a long time. As you've posted for critique, I'd maybe lighten a touch and add a little sharpening. But nothing else. Well Done!
Horse looks to be enjoying things as well, ears are well forward.
07/01/2011 - 3:47 PM

Miss Violet #5

Miss Violet #5Fab model, that hair is brilliant and she's got a great smile.
I really like the pose, she looks confident and comfortable. If I were to nit pick, I'd lose the cushion and the cat would be sitting looking at the camera, although, cats are not really beings that take direction well
30/07/2010 - 6:56 PM

Portrait 1 - Maxime Monfort

Portrait 1 - Maxime MonfortWell taken and it is sharp with movement in the wheels. As a cycling photographer, I would just like to see a little more space in front than behind to give somewhere to move into or crop the top of the image to just below the white awnings and crop a little off the bottom to make a square compsotion and maybe just adjust the curves to lighten the shot & bring out the colours.
21/05/2010 - 11:35 AM

Lydford Gorge,North Devon.

Lydford Gorge,North Devon.Looking at the large version, the greens are a somewhat oversaturated and have lost detail. I like the path leading round the shot, but would like to see more water, don't know if another viewpoint would do that.
Also the tree in the foreground feels a little like it's blocking the view.
18/05/2010 - 10:10 AM

Through the grass, darkly

Through the grass, darklyAgree with Anna on this one, I like the angle and the way the lamb is looking up into the frame, but the lighter area of sky does detract a little from the lamb. Maybe a subtle use of photoshop or similar to darken the sky a touch and lighten the lamb slightly (using the doege and burn tools) would adjust the focus of the shot to the lamb.
09/11/2009 - 4:58 PM

Defer Dog Nose Best

Defer Dog Nose BestWell, as the owner of whippets, I had to comment on this one. I like the angle you've shot this at and the fact you have his absolute attention (you've got a great model there).
As for critique, I do wish his nose were more in focus by using a smaller apeture, but realise that indoors that wouldn't have been practical without flash, but on the other hand, the eyes are right in focus which is where you would want it to be.
The background isn't too distracting, but maybe a crop to both sides to make either a square or portrait format to remove some of the blank space. I look forward to more shots of Defer.
26/05/2008 - 12:36 PM

You gotta get up to get down.

You gotta get up to get down.One of the best mountain bike shots I've seen for a long time. It puts alot of the shots I've seen in magazines lately to shame. You've got a great expression, lots of sharp detail, good exposure and movement in the wheels and a nice lead through the shot with the track.
With reference to the comment that he's too static. Looking at cycling sales through my website and shoots I've been booked for with British Cycling, this is what racers want, a clear shot of themselves with movement just in the wheels and possibly feet. Photography magazines seem to like the blurred speed shot, but not riders or anyone after publicity shots.
15/05/2007 - 10:20 PM

Sam Gough

Sam GoughYou've captured the action well and also filled the frame, which gives more impact in a sports shot. The background is a little cluttered, but it is difficult in these places to find a spot with a more empty background, but making sure your apeture is nice & wide will help to take away distractions. It's also a shame that both runners eyes are closed. I don't know if you took a sequence of them coming towards you, but with my cycling shots, I always pick the shots to put up on my website that have the eyes open & also the best expression, I try for effort without them looking too bad. Although this is sharp, I would also use a bit of USM in photoshop to increase the sharpness a bit more.
Hope that helps.