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Photo Critique 3: “Untitled,” by Adriana O.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Adriana, a friend of mine in Venezuela.

"Untitled," By Adriana O.

"Untitled," By Adriana O.

General Overview:
Adriana, you really have a gift for composition. If you staged this shot, then you did an outstanding job making it look “real.” If you just saw it and decided to make a photo, then you have a great eye for finding interesting subjects in an otherwise normal setting.
This is a nice image because it’s not forced. You’re using a simple theme and simple techniques to make a visually-compelling image. I especially like your use of depth-of-field. The image falls out of focus at just the right place.
Great job.

There are only two improvements I can see that you need to make. First, a little front lighting on the stack of puzzle pieces would have made the image look better because it’s just a little underexposed. Second, the light coming through in the upper right corner is distracting from the scene. I would definitely edit that out and perhaps make the whole background – from the end of the table on – black. By doing that, I think you would have made a perfect shot.
Finally, there are some hotspots on the puzzle pieces that need to be toned down. A little selective dodging would help there.

Great job overall. Your portfolio has some great images on it too.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

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Written by jeremyparce

February 20, 2009 at 1:00 am

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