1 Year In

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    Hi everybody, Im 14 years old and its been a year and about a month since i got my first camera. since then i have learned a lot about photography. These are in my opinion the best pictures that i have taken over the last year. Please leave some coments on what you think, just wanna know how im doin and what i need to improve on.

    Thanks.



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    If you want to see more of these, heres a youtube video i made. please take a look and tell me what you think.


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    Hi TDshoots,

    For a 14 year old, you have pretty amazing photography skills! I noticed that your photos are not sharp enough and lack in depth. You have to improve on the composition as well. I can see that you are creative and you are good with angles. Keep shooting and you will be a great photographer in years to come =)

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    I started out at 11, but I had the advantage of having a successful photographer in my immediate family and having reading and research skills. You have two very basic needs at this point. Number one is composition. Take a look at the composition articles at www.photoinf.com. The second one is postprocessing. The easiest starting point is Paintshop Photo Pro X4 at around $50 or less. It is like Photoshop or Elements but easier to learn and much cheaper to buy.

    Cameron
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    Ok thank you, i will definatly look into that.

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    It's always better to post just a single image when you want good feedback in the "brutally honest" forum (everywhere else you can post 5 images per post, but here you won't get good feedback if you post more than 1).

    Your first close-up shot shows an explosion of color and has a nice impact. It's got selective focus on the subject with the background blurred -- which is good, except that your depth of field is just a bit too narrow. Close-up shots require a deceptively higher focal ratio than you might otherwise guess. There's no EXIF data in these images or I'd suggest changes. The flower probably needed to be shot at no less than f/8 to be sharp.

    So let's talk about subjects and subject isolation. Some of these, while nice shots, don't have a strong subject -- meaning either that I'm not sure what you want me to look at OR I think I do know what you want me to look at but there are lots of other distracting elements in the photo. When I say "I'm not sure", I'm not really referring to "me" but rather to "anyone who looks at your picture". You can guide the viewer to look at what you want either with techniques such as selective focus, selective lighting, selective composition, etc. But if there's a scene with lots of (what I'll call) "clutter" in it, viewers will be distracted and you want to make it obvious that you're really trying to highlight just one thing.

    The graffiti wall is an example of that. I'm sure you want me to look at the wall, but the sky is brighter. You might want to shoot the wall when the lighting is favoring the wall more than the sky or other elements in the shot.

    The jumper is a great challenge, but keep in mind two things: (1) you can freeze action with a shutter speed of 1/500th or faster. (2) you can also freeze action with a flash (even though the shutter speed will be a bit slower -- probably 1/200th or 1/250th) but when you do this, the ambient light will give you some motion blur and you want to shoot with "2nd curtain shutter" mode on the flash so that you see the faint blur of motion behind the subject, and then the flash making their image "punch" out prominently. Implying motion into an image takes some trial and error, but it's a fun challenge to give yourself with great rewards once you start nailing them. This image isn't straight, and it looks like the door on the far wall has better focus than your subject.

    The gazebo shows nice black & white contrast. I don't care for the vertical "portrait" style composition of it. I'd prefer a horizontal "landscape" composition with the gazebo offset to one side. A major ding on this one is that it's not straight (the camera was angled) - that was a tough discipline in the days of film because we couldn't digitally straighten our photos. With a digital camera it's very easy to fix that with computer software.

    I watched your video. I think several of those images in the video were even stronger than the images you've posted here. I like the long shadows of the shot with the girl in the gazebo near sunset and you've done some great images at night while letting the light selectively highlight a subject and tell a story.
    Tim Campbell

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    Thank you, this is very helpful. I do not have an excuse for any others but as for the jumper, the picture was taken in a mirror, and using a flash with a mirror does not work, if i had an external flash i would have put it on a tripod next to me or just held it in my hand and pointed it at the subject.

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    You have a great eye kid. I love the one from the video of the table in the grafitti filled room. Your work sows a lot of potential to me... Keep it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kralcniloc View Post
    You have a great eye kid. I love the one from the video of the table in the grafitti filled room. Your work sows a lot of potential to me... Keep it up!
    X2 That one at 2:19 is amazing, you do have an amazing eye!


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