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Parkinsonsniper
Andromantic, Not "my model", "one of my photographs" which include a model :)))

this game looses momentum, because of answers! I think it's better to have just one answer for every critic...and don't answer me now :))

That's my turn to be criticised, on model shots please :)
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Posted: 05/02/2012, 01:55:57 AM
Celiaak
   Girl Watching Tv   
The model is looking other place away, it has a point and shoot feeling. It would be better looking at us). This one is better, but it would be perfect if the focus was in her eyes and not the remote (I know you intended it).
   Happy Girl Watching Tv   

Also I do miss the tip of the toes on these ones:
   Girl Reading Book      Resting on Couch   
She is beatifull, by the way.
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Posted: 05/02/2012, 05:39:06 AM
Enigmacypher
Parkinsonsniper, I tend to disagree about where the model is looking. My preference is usually for the model to not be looking at the camera. Then again, it really depends upon how the final product will be used. Some ads prefer a model to be "camera aware" and some don't. Generally, book cover artists prefer the model to not look at the camera. You seem to do a good job about having both covered (as shown nicely above), and your images that do have the model looking at the camera are much better than many stock photos that try this. Many images I have seen with models appear too forced and faked, but yours do not.

I do agree about the point regarding the toes.

Anyway, next critique is for Celiaak.
Posted: 05/02/2012, 10:45:09 AM
Parkinsonsniper
Hey, I appreciate both comments. My model sent a "thank you" for the compliment :)

By the way, I agree about all of the critics. I have my reasons to cut the toe and focus etc...but these reasons don't make you wrong.

Thanks again...

Celiaak 's turn...
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Posted: 05/03/2012, 01:31:48 AM
Celiaak
I guessed you should have had some reason :)
Anyway it was hard to choose.
So, bring it on, I know I have not a lot of photos, but it is an easy task for you. A year from now it will not be so easy, hehehe.
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Posted: 05/03/2012, 04:34:48 AM
Androniques
Celiaak
WOW, you have so many great illustrations that first I've been really lost... :)
Fortunately for me, you also have some photos, so I guess I am going for really easy one now:

   Stacked toilet paper   

My first complaint will be about the composition: why cropped at the top and bottom? Often designers would like to have the subject in full, so that they could decide about cropping themselves. You can check the competing images to see what I mean. I anticipate though that you wanted to have a close-up, maybe for some simple geometry effect(?) In that case I would suggest leaving, say, only half-circles and one or two clear triangles while getting rid of all the rest.

My next complaint will be: I think you could have a more even lighting and keep an eye on the background behind the rolls, where currently there is some distracting shadow seeing through the lower rolls. It would be much better with clean and even light grey, or better totally white background.

There is another photo I would also pick up:

   Tyres of bicycles parked   

Here I would prefer to see the main object (the wheel) put about one third from the right hand side of the photo. This way you would follow the magic golden section rule (rule of thirds) and also include a little more of the other wheel on the left, which I think would balance the composition.

Heh, my turn now, and since I have been cleaning my port recently from old unsold images, if you find an image in my port to suggest for deletion I will most likely delete it, subject to your reasonable critique... :)
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Edited: 05/04/2012, 15:52:53 PM
Celiaak
That's maybe my ilustrations get accepted easily, but not so for photos... I have a hard time.
I agree with you on the paper rolls, I cropped them because I had no more paper rolls, and wanted the illusion that they were many. And that horrible shadow behind? Never saw it until you pointed it out :)

About thet wheels, I understand how it would be better more on the side, If I had more bycicles on there. But there was only a lot of junk, gasp gasp. But I kind of like it anyway because it is tilled.

I hate the paper rolls photo now... They were going away when the exclusive period is over.

Now critique to Andromatic.
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Posted: 05/07/2012, 04:49:38 AM
Androniques
Celia... Oh, just noticed, you have so long, still beautiful, name! :-O I know some Portuguese and Brazilian people, they complained about having to shorten their names to fit the northen-European official forms... I call it "unnecessary cropping" :)

Please, don't be too harsh on yourself with the rolls picture! You know, when I uploaded my current bestseller, which is a pure snapshot of my son's drawing, I first thought it won't be accepted (because it is unevenly coloured), then I wondered if anyone would buy it at all, then after some while first sale came and soon I noticed that the image ran over my other (much better, imho) photos... I mean, however perfectionists we might want to be, we will never know how to predict what will sell best and when it starts. :) About the wheels, I can see your point...

OK, me... still waiting to delete something - hurry up, because the buyers are making it more difficult with each passing day! :)))
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Posted: 05/08/2012, 03:55:40 AM
Parkinsonsniper
Here...there is a nice blog about positive criticism. Maybe some of us would like to pay a visit :) I added a link of this thread there, so I hope this thread will get some more exposure in a short time...
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Edited: 05/09/2012, 08:56:10 AM
Androniques
After all, it is me who is the killer of this thread... :( Folks, where is critique to my very average images?
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Posted: 05/10/2012, 11:11:29 AM
Rosemhenri
You have some great photos in your portfolio! Specifically, I like the light and drama in your night pictures.

However, the shadow to the left in this photo .... kind of destroys this otherwise interesting detail shot.

   Detail of National History Museum in London   
Posted: 05/10/2012, 21:14:16 PM
Parkinsonsniper
Just for asking...wouldn't it be too dull and monotone without that shadow? Maybe it adds some contrast and calmness to it, because the other part is very bright and saturated...I really just ask!
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Posted: 05/11/2012, 00:46:15 AM
Celiaak
I think this clock and interesting stone wall would be great without the distracting and blured tree leaves on the front. I feel it is intended to make the image more artistic but makes it much less stock.

   Image not available or id is incorrect.   

Andromatic, yes I do have to crop my name in most places, lol.
Also I do have 5 kids, so, in many forms, and as I am not willingly prone to cut off the kids, I just add some lines or put one or two in the same line, making some forms unusable :). It makes a big mess, but now I'm used not to fit anyway :)

I hope not to kill the game, as I have a hard time to upload photos, I still keep trying But I'm pretty sure there are some left to criticize.
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Edited: 05/11/2012, 03:43:04 AM
Parkinsonsniper
Oh my god, you are a flower between us. You have many beautiful and cute illustrations, that I look and ask myself "How did she do that?" :))

   Wooden Pencils in a Chest   

This image needs to be isolated, I'm sure how to use the pen tool LOL and I'm sure you can do it much better than most of us :)

   Swirl Wood Carvings   

...and here, keep your camera as parallel to the subject as possible. This angled view makes it look like a snapshot. When you take a pic of an object, make sure the viewer can understand what it is. Is it a chest, a book cover, is it a coffin or just a cabinet door? HOW COME YOU DON'T SEE THE DREAMSTIME LOGO ON IT? You have a Dreamstime chest, upload it as DT Chest LOL
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Posted: 05/11/2012, 04:30:21 AM
Androniques

Originally posted by Rosemhenri:
Quoted Message: You have some great photos in your portfolio! Specifically, I like the light and drama in your night pictures.However, the shadow to the left in this photo .... kind of destroys this otherwise interesting detail shot.


Thank you very much for your comment! I am sure this is not my worst pic. ;) Yet, I even did not think about excluding that shadow, not when shooting nor when post-processing. As a way of "excuse", I can only say that at least I made sure the edge of this shadow coincided with one of the guiding lines in my viewfinder! :))) I hope buyers, if any, will know how to crop the image to their liking. I mean it would be worse if I cropped it too much while a buyer would like to have the columns full-length and would not mind to have a shadow included. Well, after all the considerations, I think I will keep this photo on sale for the time being, but I will remember your critique if it is not sold up to next time I am cleaning my port...

Celia, Efecan, lots of LOLs to your remarks :) Just not to confuse: the Sniper is the next to beat! ;)
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Edited: 05/11/2012, 05:00:33 AM
Celiaak
Hahaha, thank you for the illustrations power up, Parkinsonsniper, I started to learn Inkscape in the begginning of the year, and when we learn the basics, magic can be done with it. They're almost all vector drawn.
How I wish photographing adn photo editing were so easy.
Usually also my isolations get rejectections, will have to try again in that box. I think I have to try new techniques.

Thank you for the advices on the angle. I will take ages to improve my shooting, with so many important things to take care. For some persons it is their nature, for others like me I *hope* it will come with training and your honest critiques.

How could I miss DT's logo on the lid???

Parkinsonsniper's turn.
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Edited: 05/11/2012, 07:34:04 AM
Parkinsonsniper
Maybe this blog can help you about an alternative isolation technique, if you have Photoshop :)
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Posted: 05/11/2012, 08:19:15 AM
Celiaak
Really usefull. I can't afford Photoshop but will try to adapt the steps to GIMP.
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Posted: 05/11/2012, 08:44:55 AM
Rosemhenri
You are spot on, Celiaak! This is one of my few photos that has not sold at any of the sites I contribute to .. I should probably just delete it and re-shoot just the clock on the wall.

Posted: 05/13/2012, 17:50:05 PM
Celiaak
As there is no one jumping in, i'll criticize one of yours, Parkinsonsniper.
   Isolated Black Shirt   
This shirt is not layed down perfectly. On the right side it makes a bump outside, making it really unaesthetic.
If you had a bust you could put it on will make the clothes better looking. The you could isolate the bust out. If layed down, the clothes should follow the body line in important parts, like the waist line.
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Posted: 05/18/2012, 04:20:47 AM
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