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Critique please

Lostarts
Please critique my portfolio. http://www.dreamstime.com/Lostarts_info



While I like compliments, I much prefer direct, hard-hitting, positive critique. Please don't be shy; be direct and as candid you you can be as I'm not the type to be offended easily.



Directness from you is my shortcut to the success I'm trying to achieve. So, please, fire away.



Thank you!!!
Canon bodies and lenses.
Posted: 07/29/2010, 08:22:03 AM
Cassie08
I really love your country home and indian corn.



Cassie :))
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Posted: 07/29/2010, 12:47:04 PM
Wisconsinart
Honest, hard-hitting, direct, but still being POSITIVE in the critique? :-)



Y' know, I always hated "polite" when we did critiques in art class. If it's crap, it's crap. Though it can be hard to say what's bad when art is personal and subjective.



Anyway, you are now probably dreading what I am going to tell you straight to your fac... er... monitor:



Your photography is fantastic. I'm jealous. Honest.



However... (yay, here comes the mean and nasty stuff, finally!) in terms of STOCK, I find them rather generic scenes for the most part. CONCEPTS seem to sell the best in the stock world. Are your models your family? If yes, you're sitting on a gold mine. Pictures of family game night, sitting down to dinner, mom reading stories to the baby, photograph scenes where they communicate FAMILY. I could list 10 paragraphs of ideas just with your models alone and just with the theme FAMILY.



Figure out how to create scenes that communicate a CONCEPT and you'll be on your way. But don't stop doing generic shots either but think of them as secondary material because there is a market for them.



That's what I see with you: You're entrenched in the secondary level of stock. Put your talent to work in the primary level.



I hope that was the mean and nasty you're looking for.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Edited: 07/29/2010, 19:08:21 PM
Lostarts
Hey Wisc,



Just what I was looking for. You gave me new insight - something I'd not seen nor thought of previously. I take to heart your comments about concept. I've done the other for so long that it's become subliminal, probably due to my long years as a journalistic, documentarian photographer.



I like what you had to say. Thank you!



Art
Canon bodies and lenses.
Posted: 07/29/2010, 17:33:46 PM
BCritchley
Admin
Lostarts,



Wisconsinart in my opinion has hit the nail on the head. I also think the same could be said for my portfolio and as we have seen this week I have entered my first few models. I have my better halfs gradad to come, my 6 year nephew who is a little star, blonde hair, well taned, cute, super sports person, loves an plays soccer well. Loads of ideas for him. I have even had the idea recently that my brother in laws wife is a nurse, so when I pluck up the courage I'm going to try and get down to the hospital and shoot nurses, doctors, porters etc. I have a large pile of model releases printed of.



It seems in stock as Wincosinart says that most of use shoot secondary stock, stuff we all like, like travel and landscapes. The harder stuff is people and workers etc because it requires more work with releases and the bottle to get out there and just ask.



I was also walkinf through a city center and talked for a while with a homeless man in a subway, real dark and dingy light. I thought this would make a great shot and I'm sure he would have signed a model release for me if I offered him a little money, again thinking well how many do this, far less than people that photgraph strawberiies lol.



Saying all that around 100 of my sales have come in the last 3 months from a few generic travel shots, so don't give up on secondary stock either.



I'm even thinking of uploading a poop shot after my last thread on here!!!! lol



keep up the good work and a big thank you for the help you have offered me :-)
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Posted: 07/31/2010, 08:29:06 AM
Lostarts
BCritchley,



Thank you for writing. I too have taken the message to heart. This week I've booked a restored '62 Corvette convertible with a married couple in their late sixties (loads of possibilities there!) and an adorable four year old who helps her mom throw pottery.



I see similarities in the way we shoot and see things. Stay in touch, I'm interested in how things work out for you. Perhaps we could goose each other along with encouragement, etc.



As for poop ... we got lots of cow patties here. Perhaps I'll add my shitshot too.



;0}



Canon bodies and lenses.
Posted: 07/31/2010, 11:45:20 AM
Ck109
BCritchley,

Completely off topic and random - I have just noticed that you joined DT on my 30th Birthday :D
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Posted: 08/03/2010, 01:31:04 AM
BCritchley
Admin
Belated Birthday wishes :-)
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Posted: 08/03/2010, 06:29:12 AM
Red
Lostarts, be careful of shots with the Corvette. If it can be identified as a particular make and model and any logos or car identifier markings are visible the shots you submit will have to be sold as editorial. You may be aware of this already, just wanted to give you a heads up.
Edited: 08/03/2010, 07:30:54 AM
Lostarts
Thanks, Red. I'm pretty good about removing logos, etc. But by your advice, I should avoid overall shots of the car? I'd planned to shoot details mostly and the active, seniors who own the vehicle.
Canon bodies and lenses.
Posted: 08/03/2010, 10:09:32 AM
Lostarts

Originally posted by Red:
Quoted Message: Lostarts, be careful of shots with the Corvette. If it can be identified as a particular make and model and any logos or car identifier markings are visible the shots you submit will have to be sold as editorial. You may be aware of this already, just wanted to give you a heads up.




Red,



Why is this Corvette shot RF? It's clearly identified as being a Corvette.
Canon bodies and lenses.
Posted: 08/03/2010, 10:14:07 AM
Red
I can't see the image you refer to (hit the square insert image button and then enter only the image number), but standards have tightened up in the recent year. It could have been approved as RF before the crackdown. If it is brought to the attention of the admins here, it will be changed to Editorial.
Posted: 08/03/2010, 10:24:16 AM