OMGz0r new 60D C&C Welcomed

Started Feb 6, 2011 | Discussions thread
victorian squid
victorian squid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,391

I think you're going to need time with your camera and get some more serious shots for C&C! This looks like you're just snapping shots with your new toy.

But if you want a critique:

1) Like the colors - the lighting is even kind of nice. But IMO you need to get down at dog level and make the shot a little more interesting. I'm not keen on the overall composition and the way (she?) is cropped off on the left. There's also something distracting in the background (like a bone) and while blurry - with the tile background being so uniform sort of pops out.

I should talk - we have dogs and I get maybe, maybe 1 out of 20 decent shots of them since they WON'T HOLD STILL. Especially when I get down to their level - that means it's time to play!

2) Fun, although nothing particularly interesting for me. No punchline so to speak. To me the abstract shots really need something going for them as far as color and composition. Experiment!

3) Flash can be a bitch. It looks like too much from the top left - don't like the shadow being cast under her face or even on her arm from the sweater. Are you using off flash and your onboard as a fill? Needs some tweaking. For 3 and 4 letting the strobists here know your setup would be a great help.

4) Too harsh. Looks like a failed flash. Nose shadow is not flattering. This type of lighting can be a real bear, and is an artform all to itself. Needs a softbox - and perhaps a lit wall (snoot, barndoor or cookie or such) in background - any strobists here want to pipe up?

5) if you shoot something symmetrical - it had better be! Needs some cropping on the right to remove whatever that is going on over there. A little lens (perspective) correction would also be in order. Personally I think this is one that needs some creative cropping in general - otherwise it looks like a sign.

As far as the "ghost" goes - isn't her arm resting on a piece of glass? I'd call reflection on that one! If not, please show the ones that are worse!

Otherwise, go out and have great time with that setup - I'm jealous!

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