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Photo Critique 15: ‘Untitled,’ by Diego M.

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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 Diego, my friend in Miami.

"Untitled," by Diego M. of Miami, Florida

"Untitled," by Diego M. of Miami, Florida

General Overview:
Diego, it’s too bad you don’t take photographs as much as you should. You have a good eye and you’re very creative. I wish you would get interested in photography again because I think you could have a real talent for it. I really enjoy this image because of its relative simplicity. It’s a nice, clean image with a nice use of light and shadow. The subject has an interesting texture with plays of the texture of the background it rests on. I also like the use of color in this image. It has a nice warm tone that helps tie the whole image together.

This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, there is a stray straw coming from the top of the hat on the upper right side that is driving me nuts. A little Photoshop and voilà, that’s gone.

In this edit, I used a warm filter over the entire image then added a soft filter to give it a dream-like appearance. (Photo Credit: Diego M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

In this edit, I used a warm filter over the entire image then added a soft filter to give it a dream-like appearance. (Photo Credit: Diego M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

Secondly, I think you need to give the subject a little more context. Where is it? Why is it there? Who does the hat belong to? What happened? If you can answer one or more of these questions, then you have the opportunity to make an image the audience can better connect to.

Finally, I think you should edit the photo so the colors standout a little more.

Digi, keep up the good work. Get your camera and go shoot some more.

Thanks for the submission. Good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

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Written by jeremyparce

April 24, 2009 at 7:35 am

Photo Critique 14: ‘Perfect Hideaway,’ by Adri 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 Adri, my friend in Venezuela.

"Perfect Hideaway," by Adri. O. of Venezuela

"Perfect Hideaway," by Adri. O. of Venezuela

General Overview:
Adri, I really enjoy this image. I can see this image being used for advertising. It has a nice, weathered look. I love the texture on the weathered beach chair and the way it compliments the texture of the rocks. I also like the use of color in this image. It’s a nice, soothing blue tone that helps tie in the beach chair, the ocean and the sky.
This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, I think the image would look better if the beach chair filled the entire bottom right corner of the image. I think this will help set the tone for the image a little better. I also think it would help tie in the blue in the chair, the blue in the sky and the blue in the sea a little more.

Cropping and some adjustments to the color saturation makes the image standout a little more. (Photo Credit: Adri O., with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Cropping and some adjustments to the color saturation makes the image standout a little more. (Photo Credit: Adri O., with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Secondly, I think the hotspot in the middle of the chair needs to be toned down just a little. Perhaps the use of a polarizing filter or a neutral density filter will help. If you don’t have a ND filter or a polarizer, then I would suggest a little editing in Photoshop help smooth out the blown highlights.

Finally, I think you should edit the photos so the colors pop a little more.

Adri, keep up the good work. Your portfolio is expanding.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 21, 2009 at 7:06 am

Photo Critique 13: ‘Beach Tower,’ by Gabriel M.

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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 Gabriel, my friend in Miami, Florida.

"Beach Tower," by Gabriel M. of Miami, Florida.

"Beach Tower," by Gabriel M. of Miami, Florida.

General Overview:
Gabriel, this is a nice image that allows the viewer to take a break when they look at it. Architectural photography isn’t easy and this is a good attempt at making an image with appeal.
This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, the building looks like it is leaning. This is called perspective distortion and it happens when you tilt the camera up to capture the entire building. Those photographers who specialize in architecture photography use specialized lenses – called tilt-shift lenses – to stop this distortion from occurring.

Light editing removed the person from the beach and brought the color saturation out. (Photo Credit: Gabriel M. with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Light editing removed the person from the beach and brought the color saturation out. (Photo Credit: Gabriel M. with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Secondly, I think the person at the bottom corner of the image is distracting. If you wanted to incorporate both a person AND the building, it may have been better to get closer to the person and use a wide-angle lens so you can capture the whole scene.

Finally, I think you should edit the photos so the colors pop a little more.

Gabriel, keep up the good work. It’s good to see you try different forms of photography

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 19, 2009 at 6:37 am

Photo Critique 12: ‘Cousin,’ by Daniel M.

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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 Daniel, my former student in Miami, Florida.

"Cousin," by Daniel M. of Miami, Florida

"Cousin," by Daniel M. of Miami, Florida

General Overview:
Danny, this is an overall nice image that has a postcard/advertising feel to it. You do a great job incorporating the subject and the background while at the same time keeping the subject apart from the background. I know it sounds strange that a subject can be both a PART of the background while SEPARATE from it, but it’s a technique used when you don’t want to lose the subject in the background but want the background to shine through as well.

This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, the people in the ocean need to be removed. Even though you’re using a shallow depth-of-field, I think they come out just a little too much and distract from the image.

The image with minor corrections. The person in the ocean is removed and the subject is more burned in. (Photo Credit: Daniel M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

The image with minor corrections. The person in the ocean is removed and the subject is more burned in. (Photo Credit: Daniel M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

Secondly, I think you need to burn in her face and body a little more. It’s just a little too underexposed.

Finally, I think you should remove a little bit of the stray hair. Some stray hairs makes the photo look whimsical. Too much and it’s distracting.

Danny, keep up the good work.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 17, 2009 at 7:35 am

Photo Critique 11: ‘Untitled,’ by Renier.

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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 Renier, my former student in Miami, Florida.

"Untitled," by Renier DP, Miami, Florida.

"Untitled," by Renier DP, Miami, Florida.

General Overview:
Renier, this image is outside of the typical photographs you take and I always like to see you try new things. It’s always good to break out of your comfort zone, especially as a student. The concept for this image is great … it creates the setting of a story and has a real reminiscent feel to it. You set a nice tone with the image.

Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, the highlights are a bit too overexposed, causing a loss of color in the sky and in the ocean. On camera fix would be either to purchase a polarizing filter or a split density filter. In computer fixes may include toning down the highlights and brining out more shadow.

Secondly, I wouldn’t mind seeing this image a little closer to the dog. I think if the dog was closer (which would make it appear bigger) and occupying the bottom corner of the frame, it would give a little more depth to the image.

Next, there’s a person popping through in the grassline on the upper right side. Remove the person in editing. If you planned the person being there, it didn’t work in the image because they, as the secondary subject, were not tied in well with the primary subject – the dog.

A quick edit: Changed the saturation levels, added some more clouds, cropped the image and removed the person via Photoshop (Photo Credit: Renier DP, edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

A quick edit: Changed the saturation levels, added some more clouds, cropped the image and removed the person via Photoshop (Photo Credit: Renier DP, edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

Finally, I think I would enhance the colors just a little bit. I think the greens would look better if they “popped” more.

Renier, keep up the good work and keep trying new concepts.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 14, 2009 at 7:27 am

Photo Critique 10: ‘Waiting for the Magic Bus,’ by Carla B.

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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 Carla, my friend in Miami, Florida.

"Waiting for the Magic Bus," Carla B., Miami, Florida

"Waiting for the Magic Bus," Carla B., Miami, Florida

General Overview:
Carla, although you do great portrait work, I really like when you leave your “comfort zone” and try something different. The concept for this image is great … it’s an image that really makes the viewer create a story. You give great visual clues and set a nice tone with the image. I think you have a great eye for visual storytelling.

It’s important to give your viewer the ability to let their minds go off the beaten path and dream up a story behind an image. I believe you’re well on your way to doing that with this image.

Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I will suggest: First, remove the lights that are popping through in the background. I think it’s a little too distracting.

A quick edit removing the lights in the background and playing with the color. (Edit by Jeremy Schneider, photo credit: Carla B., Miami, Florida)

A quick edit removing the lights in the background and playing with the color. (Edit by Jeremy Schneider, photo credit: Carla B., Miami, Florida)

Secondly, I would add a little more light to the subject. An off-camera flash placed to the viewer’s right and directed at the subject would have helped a little.

Finally, I think I would have toned the colors a little more to mute them, with the exception of the red. It might look a little better if all the colors were muted and the red bus station frame popped.

Carla, keep up the good work and keep pushing yourself OUT of your comfort zone and try new things.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Photo Critique 9: ‘Carlos,’ 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 Adri, my friend in Venezuela.

'Carlos,' by Adriana O.

'Carlos,' by Adriana O.

General Overview:
Adri, I enjoy your portrait work. You have a great ability to make your subjects interesting and stand out. You take a simple theme and work with it to make it visually pleasing. I also like your use of colors. These colors really “pop” and help make the image even better. You present the subject in an interesting way that commands the viewer’s attention while not overpowering the viewer. You also use the subject to help with the framing. This adds another level of interest.

Good job.

Improvements
There are just a few improvements I will suggest. First, I think it would look better if you framed the subject’s head a little better. The frame made with the hands and his head are a little off from one another and I think it would have looked better either perfectly centered or way off-center so it doesn’t look accidental.

Secondly, I would suggest having the subject remove his bracelet. I think it’s a little competitive with the background color and a little distracting.

Finally, the blue color popping through in the upper left-hand corner is distracting. I would either remove it in post production or would have stretched the background a little further to remove it while shooting.

I would also recommend working with the subject to determine a facial expression. Obviously you wanted to communicate a relaxed feeling but I think the facial expression is a little more tense than what the image calls for.

Adri, you have an impressive portfolio already. Keep up the good work and you’ll have many attention-worthy images.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

March 10, 2009 at 9:30 am