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Suggest improvement and portfolio critique (game)

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Enigmacypher
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Message edited at 04/17/2012, 05:31:51 AM by Admin
The purpose of this game is to learn tips from each other on ways we can improve our images for the microstock market. To play, simply look through the portfolio of the person who posted before you, and select one image that has room for improvement. List your thoughts as to how the image could have been made better or more marketable. Please do not take offense at what anyone writes -- by posting here, you are requesting constructive criticism.



Hopefully, we can all learn a lot from each other.


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Message posted at 12/21/2011, 18:55:19 PM by Angelaostafichuk
I really like your pics. My advice to you is ADD MORE to your portfolio! And that is my comment for you : )


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Kinsjeroen
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Message posted at 01/03/2012, 16:22:40 PM by Kinsjeroen
   Children Playing in the Citadel in Amman   



don't know if this is usefull as editorial, maybe you should have waited till the kids were away



just trying to give a decent opinion :)
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Ntrifunovic
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Message edited at 01/05/2012, 14:12:17 PM by Ntrifunovic
Nice pictures.



My comment: Market on this image is hardly noticeable on first sight. (This is the only advice I could give to your portfolio, rather than that your images are great)

 

 Bird view of small french town - market   
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Enigmacypher
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Message posted at 01/18/2012, 17:08:00 PM by Enigmacypher
   Cookies   





The point of interest on this image is a bit confusing. On one hand, the shallow depth of field brings attention to the cookies in the third row. On another hand, the most colorful cookies are the green and red ones that are up front and are the largest in the image. This conflict, along with the non-traditional cookie shapes, makes the image a bit unclear at first glance. I think your other image of these cookies is much stronger.


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Baldas1950
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Message posted at 01/19/2012, 14:12:55 PM by Baldas1950
   Lakebed during Texas Drought   Looking at this picture, the eye is drawn to the human figure a little lonely. Only by reading the title you realize that the main subject of the photo is the drought and low water level of a lake that is not well visible.A good picture should know how to explain by itself without the help of a text.All the other pictures look well for me.
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Enigmacypher
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Message posted at 04/11/2012, 23:05:36 PM by Enigmacypher
Wow, almost 3 months and no responses. I'd like to get others with more Dreamstime stock experience providing feedback, so I'll bump this back to the top and give it another week or so. Whoever replies next -- provide feedback for Baldas1950, not for me.

I also wonder if this thread would do better in the Positive Criticism board rather than here in the Free Discussions area. If so, I wonder if an admin could move it or if it would need to be restarted.


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Androniques
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Message edited at 04/12/2012, 16:10:05 PM by Androniques
Enigmacypher, brilliant idea and realization! :)
I know of at least two other attempts (http://www.dreamstime.com/thread_28492 and http://www.dreamstime.com/thread_30797) to create such topics with positive criticism in the format of a game. You know what? Both previous attempts failed, and now I see why: the game was not presented with sufficient positiveness in the first post(s). With you suggestion you managed to get at least four replies, and yet people prefer playing the Nice game than the constructive opposite. :( Looks like everyone knows their weaknesses and mistakes, and just don't want to bother others with advices. I will try to awake this thread by looking at Baldas1950 port...
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Androniques
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Message edited at 04/12/2012, 16:12:54 PM by Androniques
Hi Claudio, first of all you have many great images in your port and some less interesting but probably saleable anyway.
I did not go for the "worst" image (can tell you my opinion if you ask), but rather for the one that could be improved if you take another shot:

   Trevi Fauntain   

What I find unpleasantly disturbing eye in this composition is severe vertical perspective distortions which would be perhaps difficult to correct for in post-processing. Therefore I would take it from a different angle, actually much closer, so that the fountain becomes the real main subject/object, and certainly excluding that black entrance of the building in the background. Also some colour and contrast enhancement are visibly needed here. That's my opinion, and I am sure some of my architecture pics suffer from similar issues, we just don't see it in the beginning. :)
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 04/13/2012, 08:32:24 AM by Parkinsonsniper
   National History Museum in London, England   

Yes...me again! Hahahahh

I think that the perspective is distractive. Exposure and filled shadows add good value to the picture. Blue and yellow are contrasty colors, so they add some dynamism to the picture too. But the assymetrical perspective distortion makes it loose some visual effect. Any designer can fix it easily, but it's always better to do it yourself :)

Ciao friend...
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Androniques
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Message edited at 04/13/2012, 11:43:40 AM by Androniques
Parkinsonsniper, thanks a lot! I did actually correct perspective here but chose not to overdo it because the picture has been taken at too low point (from the ground) and over-correcting perspective would make it look unnatural... I should have flown in the air to make it right! But I know what you are talking about and agree that it could be better :) Ciao.

Someone next? for Parkinsonsniper! ;)

Update: as a matter of fact, I see now that the asymmetry of the perspective could have been corrected too, without getting the weird look. So, it is a valuable critique I got! Should be more careful next time. On another note, I'd like to add that with such symmetrical geometry photos it is sometimes very difficult to find the right spot to take picture from - most often there is some obstacle or, as here, I was stepping back and forth, to the left and to the right for some minutes, yet the camera went under a slight angle to the building front line (varying in the several shots I took) and, as a result, the symmetry suffered. I regret I did not have time to set a tripod.
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 04/13/2012, 09:13:37 AM by Parkinsonsniper
I'm sure this is the best angle one can get and I agree about the extreme perspective correction makes the photo look weird :)

Yep...someone next! For me? :))
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Cleaper
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Message posted at 04/13/2012, 11:17:09 AM by Cleaper
Well Parkinsonsniper you have such a great portfolio that I can't really find any to critique!

Maybe this one should be renamed as an abstract rather than car park. It is a lovely abstract image with great lines but it isn't really noticeable as a car park and may not sell as such. But that's all I could find wrong really!!
   Car Park   

Oh...you do have one of pomegranates and oranges but it is called vegetables. It may sell better if it was called fruit!

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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 04/13/2012, 14:18:17 PM by Parkinsonsniper
Cleaper :)

Thanks I appreciate the critics...I'm not a good street photographer. I rather prefer to stay in the studio with my lovely model. We work on styles and poses until we get a satisfying quality and descriptive pose. So my street photography is always weaker than studio :) I really don't remember any orange shot, but I will surely check it...

...andromantic I'm still sure you did your best there. Street is always harder than studio! :))

Ok that's Cleaper's turn!
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Baldas1950
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Message posted at 04/14/2012, 04:31:42 AM by Baldas1950
Regarding the previous criticism of Andromantic that I appreciate because it contains many helpful hints, I like to point out (apologise for the delay) that sometimes a picture is configured in a certain way because the photographer had in mind to send a certain message. In the case of the Trevi fountain I had endeavored to represent this fountain as "embedded" in the surrounding buildings which is not very marked in the photos most common of this fountain. Probably not having available a suitable wide angle has made ​​the effect is not quite clear.

Continue with Cleaper turn
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 04/16/2012, 04:07:07 AM by Parkinsonsniper
As noone wants to play...I'll jump in again because I found an interesting shot in Cleaper's port!

   Island Sunset with Orange Sky    

This shot is taken from Istanbul / Prince Islands, I know the exact place of this shot. Because I took the same shot before app. 5 years ago. Mine had a sunset too :)) but that's not my point, for sure...I think the word "Turkey" doesn't mean so much in the title. Because, you know, there is nothing related to Turkey in the photo. That's a nice shot, with a couple of downsides that could be better. Still, I feel that it was a simple "shot", not taken to be perfect :)
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Androniques
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Message edited at 04/16/2012, 04:23:23 AM by Androniques
About the Turkey issue, I think you should read this thread about keywording landscapes which was initiated by a buyer! Apparently (some) buyers prefer the locations to be specified even more precisely than just Turkey. ;)

Later on I will go once again through your port, if nobody does it before me :)

btw, at another well-known microstock none of my shots of the National History Museum were accepted (lighting and composition issues - I could not believe reading it!), but the three belly peppers and all the roses and mandarins were... :)
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Cleaper
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Message posted at 04/16/2012, 05:20:00 AM by Cleaper
Hi guys - thanks for the comments on the Turkey shot. I see your point and I will re-keyword with location. I think it may be too much of an abstract to sell as it was one of my early uploads. It may surprise you to hear Parkinsonsniper that it was actually taken in Olu Deniz and not Istanbul! :)
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 04/16/2012, 09:37:52 AM by Parkinsonsniper
That's really surprising! There is the exact same rocky place at Prince Islands :)
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Cleaper
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Message posted at 04/16/2012, 10:19:56 AM by Cleaper
Weird! I promise you though...as I have never been to Istanbul! :)
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