Some shots from a beginner
Took some photos today. C&C is appreciated. Thanks!
The good part is that you are thinking. Photography is like any skill. You have to do it often and a lot to get better at it. Shoot, MOVE, shoot, MOVE. Sideways, up, down, around. Look, see. Stand in one place and just look for a minute. Sometimes the shot will appear if you stop shooting. Sounds strange, but sometimes you just have to BE in the place without shooting to actually see what the shot is.
The technical stuff is just the technical stuff. White walls are blown out, but just learn to use the histogram. Anyone can master the technical stuff. It's the seeing part that many people miss. You are close. Your comments reveal that you understand what you are trying to do.
How do you learn to be a better photographer? Shoot lots of photos. Also, go out with a good photographer, if possible. Watch him or her shoot. Talk with each other while you shoot. Sometimes you can tell what the photographer is thinking by watching him/her move. Shoot, MOVE, shoot. Each move reflects a thought, something seen, something opening up for another angle.
Also, look at really good photos and think about what makes them good. The angle, to be sure. Mostly, it's the light. Hand 10 people a copy of National Geographic magazine and ask them to pick the 10 best photos in that issue. Seven out of ten shots will be sidelit or backlit.
"F/8 and be there" still works. To take a picture of something beautiful or interesting, you have to stand in front of something beautiful or interesting.
I like the second one, she's not overwhelmed. Well done at 1/10, the moving head in the background works in your favour.
I wouldn't say the first image lacks any subject at all - the awning casting a shadow, the convergence of the left and right sides of the frame - are sort of subjects in there own way. But I understand what you mean.
I like the second image a bit more. It might have been better to bump the ISO up a bit to get a faster shutter speed than 1/10 which would have allowed you to freeze the movement of the second girl better. But the composition is solid. You could try rotating the image counter clockwise by 1% as the baristas are leaning back a bit, but I find the vantage point interesting and the out of focus foreground elements frame the subject well.
Overall good job, well done.
If you don't get any better at it after a few months, you're doing fine.
The main thing, I think, is to cherish the spontaneity and cultivate that feeling of new discovery that is already evident in your work.
Your own assessments mirror my thoughts so you are definitely getting it. Both shots are great subject matter, just a matter of moving around to find the best angle...something we all have to learn and re-learn.... all part of the fun!