We've got one goal; help you get better by learning from the mistakes of others. There is no other goal, no other agenda here. I am not trying to hammer photographers or embarrass photographers. It really is about giving you constructive, honest, and direct feedback.
Guys, sometimes I just feel like I’m being Punk’d. This is not a portrait. This is very bad. And I mean it with the nicest of sincerity. It’s just not a portrait. If you are the maker, and you submitted this, and you really want feedback, I’m going to give you feedback, okay?
You've got a choice to make. You always have to ask yourself, the space that's being left when we leave some negative space, some head room, is it helping or hurting the image? And you know, when photographers get together and they start critiquing stuff like this, if it's not helping, the argument is always made that it's hurting, right?
A for effort here. I see what you’re trying to do, but this is poorly executed. You’re trying to drop the kids in, all to the same scene, looking the same way, and clearly our little child on the far right, who is not listening to what’s going on, is more than likely the problem child.
I feel the image is lacking expression, emotion, connection. Sometimes, as we're doing critiques, we're looking at the obvious. We're looking at lighting, we're looking at posing. Here, I'm just struggling with the connection of our subject. Maybe that's the goal, but these are things you want to be looking at.
I'm seeing what I'm going to assume it's just more of a street photography shot, a photojournalistic shot. But look at the end of the day, just because it's street photography doesn't mean that the rules of photography go out the window.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/sl8LEKkaYL4 The images: Click to enlarge Image #1 This feels like a snapshot. I'm not looking at it through the eyes of, "I have my iPhone out." I'm looking at it through the eyes of a professional. What could we do to be better here? It's a lovely picture, I'm…
I love this image, let's call this "Til Death Do Us Part.” It's got that romantic feeling, and I love the almost-kiss. This is a really good image. Immediately, I want to jump into what we can do to make this image better. Let’s start with the bright spots.
The first thing I see in this photo is the chair. It looks like they took a picture of a back of a chair. Here’s the deal, I’m always going to acknowledge when I’m not sure what the goal is of an image, and this is one of those images.
I can’t tell if this is a senior shot or a Quinceañera, but it’s a beautiful shot. In and of itself, this is a strong shot but let’s dig into what we can do to make it better.