Be nice, but be honest

Started Jun 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
3DrJ Senior Member • Posts: 1,027
Re: constructive critique...

Of these shots, the most interesting was the last. The postures, and expressions, of the couple (presumably bride and groom), communicate their emotions, maybe anxiety, irritation, etc. It tells, at least hints at, their "stories", and evokes a response in the viewer of the photo. A "good" photograph depicts reality in some way that resonates with the viewer's experience.

The image might be improved by burning in the yellowish wooden frame of that first pew--it's a little distracting as it is. I might also "play" a bit with cropping to strengthen composition, place more emphasis on the couple.

While some regard it as heresy, to me it's perfectly OK to tinker with factors like "keystoning", the angular effect on linear forms in the photograph resulting from non-right angle point of view. (In this case, lens pointing downward.)

It could be useful to use "perspective control" in post-processing to "straighten" lines, as in the left side of the shot. Again, the point is not "perfection" or satisfying some theoretical idea of what things should look like, but to improve composition, and enhance the story you are trying to tell.

The other shots appear to be "studio" portraits, all "OK", but not revealing much about the subjects' individuality, therefore, are rather bland and not particularly compelling. Maybe that was the intention in making these shots; in any case, they lack emotional resonance, at least with this viewer, despite their fine technical merit.

JRA

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