ART Mother & Son - C&C welcomed!

Smeghead

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Oct 6, 2006
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Klingonlandia
Had to reupload to Flickr
Gear: 450D + 35mm f/2 as usual :o


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Marix

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May 23, 2006
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Disclaimer: I'm not being an asshole.. just being honest

In general there are weird mixes of white balance across all photos. Look at the skin tones to see where you went wrong.. blue, orange, grey. I can see the "look" you were going for but you should get the colours consistent.

Loads of tilted horizons.. not sure if it's on purpose or just careless. But I can't see why they'd be on purpose. It's not stylish at all.

Think of it this way- every photo should SAY something. The relationship between mother and kid, doing some of their favourite activities, in a place which means something to them etc...

1 - what are they doing with the stick exactly?? We can't see the end of the stick? Is it supposed to be fishing or something?

2 - ok but tilted horizon

3 - Tilted horizon like whoa

4 - Tilted horizon.. you get the idea. It's in almost every photo. This photo is actually ok but you could have composed it better without the slide etc on the right overlapping with the mum. Maybe you can crop it to help a bit

5 and 6 are pointless and unflattering photos. I just can't understand why you uploaded them

7 - Again, fairly pointless. Hair covering the face. Also, why is it black and white? It's not a strong image with interesting shape/texture etc, so why should it be black and white? It seems like you just made it B&W for no reason.

8 - Pretty good, although the sky is blown. You could have used fill flash

9 - Fine

10 - Fine, but fairly pointless B&W again and it's almost the same photo as 9. There's so much cool stuff you could have done at this setting. Put camera on a tripod and have the kid walk along, then take photos at each stage. Then layer in photoshop and delete areas so the kid is walking along the thing multiple times. That would look really cool!

11 & 12 - Yup they're fine and show nice expressions of them having fun

13 - Pretty good

14 - Could have been composed better so you can see her face

15 - Good, and you can make it better in PP but dodging their faces and burning some of the surrounding to make them stand out better

16 - Fine, and the tilted horizon actually works in this one

17 - Fairly meh.. her jacket is half on, holding her phone, looks distracted etc. And you can't see the kids face at all. Also, why the sepia/aged tone? It lends nothing.

18 - tilted horizon dammit
 

Marix

OT Supporter
May 23, 2006
27,969
So basically, there are some good concepts and good shots, but it looks like they weren't really composed carefully (covering faces, tilting etc)

And you need to be way more selective with the "keepers" and which ones shouldn't see the light of day.
 
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Smeghead

Smeghead

Well-Known Member
Oct 6, 2006
7,087
Klingonlandia
Disclaimer: I'm not being an asshole.. just being honest

In general there are weird mixes of white balance across all photos. Look at the skin tones to see where you went wrong.. blue, orange, grey. I can see the "look" you were going for but you should get the colours consistent.

Loads of tilted horizons.. not sure if it's on purpose or just careless. But I can't see why they'd be on purpose. It's not stylish at all.

Think of it this way- every photo should SAY something. The relationship between mother and kid, doing some of their favourite activities, in a place which means something to them etc...

1 - what are they doing with the stick exactly?? We can't see the end of the stick? Is it supposed to be fishing or something?

2 - ok but tilted horizon

3 - Tilted horizon like whoa

4 - Tilted horizon.. you get the idea. It's in almost every photo. This photo is actually ok but you could have composed it better without the slide etc on the right overlapping with the mum. Maybe you can crop it to help a bit

5 and 6 are pointless and unflattering photos. I just can't understand why you uploaded them

7 - Again, fairly pointless. Hair covering the face. Also, why is it black and white? It's not a strong image with interesting shape/texture etc, so why should it be black and white? It seems like you just made it B&W for no reason.

8 - Pretty good, although the sky is blown. You could have used fill flash

9 - Fine

10 - Fine, but fairly pointless B&W again and it's almost the same photo as 9. There's so much cool stuff you could have done at this setting. Put camera on a tripod and have the kid walk along, then take photos at each stage. Then layer in photoshop and delete areas so the kid is walking along the thing multiple times. That would look really cool!

11 & 12 - Yup they're fine and show nice expressions of them having fun

13 - Pretty good

14 - Could have been composed better so you can see her face

15 - Good, and you can make it better in PP but dodging their faces and burning some of the surrounding to make them stand out better

16 - Fine, and the tilted horizon actually works in this one

17 - Fairly meh.. her jacket is half on, holding her phone, looks distracted etc. And you can't see the kids face at all. Also, why the sepia/aged tone? It lends nothing.

18 - tilted horizon dammit
Thanks for the feeback. Need to work on getting the horizon straight :o
 

Marix

OT Supporter
May 23, 2006
27,969
You should use selective depth of field if it actually makes the image better by drawing your eye to something of interest.

The main thing you should work about is THINKING before clicking the shutter. Can you see the faces, are you chopping arms/hands off, are there distracting elements in the picture.
 

Marix

OT Supporter
May 23, 2006
27,969
Thanks for the feeback. Need to work on getting the horizon straight :o

And everything else -

the framing - what is the subject? what is the point of the image? Why have the mum and son occupying such a tiny part of the frame with tons of extra stuff? If the background is important, include it. If not, and the thing you value is facial expressions etc, get in closer.

Composition - like I said before - can you see the faces (particularly the eyes), where is the subject in the frame etc? What about distracting stuff - can you remove it?

Processing - get at least a consistent white balance. Consider B&W on images which really suit it - ie those where colour isn't important. For instance a really good facial expression doesn't need colour. A kid playing in a park probably suits colour more.

etc etc etc
 

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