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« on: December 25, 2005 07:25:52 PM »

Just starting out and would love some criticism  on what to improve on and change! Mind you...I dont have photoshop or any of that fancy stuff, just photoviewer to change photos to sepia and black and white.  Thanks!

(I am copyrighting off of my father's company: Benty & Associates)

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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2005 07:26:34 PM »

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As you can see, I really like to use sepia (sad to say, I feel safer using it), please feel free to give me any tips or help! Thanks! (Copyright: Benty and Associates '05)
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2005 10:26:31 PM »

i really like the water dripping one alot...
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2005 11:59:01 AM »

It's difficult to comment on any of the pictures when you've posted so many. Each picture could have it's own critique.  Smiley

I think they're good, although a lot of them seem to lack a little originality. It seems that maybe you have been inspired by someone else? I've seen a lot of the type of perspective and subject matter that you're using. It reminds me so much of someone else I kind of wondered if they were yours. I'm not saying they aren't, though!!

I think you're use of shadowing is great, though.

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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2005 06:27:42 PM »

I like your pics but they do seem a little bland...or stark. they lack something but i cannot put my finger on it. feeling perhaps. they are very nice even so.

Maybe I'm normal and it's everyone else that crazy....
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2005 02:23:18 PM »

these remind me a lot of my first photographs.  i think a lot of photographers are attracted to similar things, e.g. the bright colors of flowers, different textures, experimenting with depth of field, that is why they seem familiar.  it takes a while before you really find a signature style and stand out from the rest i think.  i still haven't got there yet myself.  as for advice, im not sure if it is just from viewing it on the computer or resolution but the images dont seem really crisp to me.  i dunno if it's a computer issue or if you need to change to a slower film or add more contrast to the images. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2006 01:24:26 PM »

Thanks so much, I really need so honest advise.  What would be an example to newer things to photograph, I mean to get out of my addiction to sepia and still objects maybe?  Thanks again!
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2006 05:26:06 PM »

I think sepia takes away from the play of light that is SOOOO important. B&W is better, but you can tell if it's a program or film. What type of camera are you using? Do you print them, or are they just digi right now? Print makes a huge difference, too. You can critique yourself better (I think) if you have your pics on paper. They're beautiful pics, you should be very proud. I love digital, but I live by the 5% rule, I take a lot of shots because only 5% seem really great to me. The more you take, the better they get. Keep shooting!

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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2006 08:25:10 AM »

I think the pictures with the play of light and shadows are your strongest. They are really interesting and mostly compositionally sound. Maybe you should explore that a little more. Get some b&w film and play with that for a while.
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2006 09:04:38 AM »

I think your strongest photos are the sepia toned ones that are details in your second posting - they are almost (but not quite) abstract and have a geometric feel to them that really works. There is a dramatic quality to the shadows and the lines that is visually very intersting.

Something you might want to play with is a tighter frame or zooming in closer so that you almost can't tell what the object is. You did a great job with this on the one that is scrolls...I am not sure if it is a railing or a headboard but that is what is so great about it. The scrolls are clear and the shadows are strong. I also like the one that looks like you are looking up at a wood deck floor with sunlight peaking through. That one also has a strong linear/geometric quality and nice use of light and shadow. I could say the same about the shadows on the wicker chair.

As an artist and art teacher my advice would be to keep shooting! Imagine what you think is a good, strong image and go out there and find it! There are millions of things around us that can be amazing images with a little attention to light, shadow and framing of the image.

Good luck and please share more in the future!

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