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Suggest improvement and portfolio critique (game)

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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 05/18/2012, 04:54:36 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Celiaak, you are absolutely right! Those are very old shots, that I didn't use PS effectively :)

I see some brave ladies and gentlemen here, who are not afraid of being criticized and who knows that the right critique is the door to success! I learned something from my critiques, like I shouldn't cut my model's fingers or toes! I also remembered some photographic rules that I forget...

I want to congratulate everyone in this thread, for being so brave and fearless. Unfortunately we are making circles between ourselves...this thread is about to die :(
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Androniques
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Message posted at 05/18/2012, 12:20:07 PM by Androniques
Where are those high-standard guys who always send you to the critique forums? ahh? ;)
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Celiaak
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Message posted at 05/18/2012, 15:44:23 PM by Celiaak
Yes, infortunately it is, unless some more people jump in. I'm almost out of shots. Anyway it was fun.
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 05/21/2012, 07:55:46 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Thanks for joining the game :)) Celiaak I added you as a favorite "photographer". But you are a favorite "illustrator" in my heart! :)
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Celiaak
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Message posted at 05/21/2012, 09:23:46 AM by Celiaak
Thank you for the illustrator compliment :)
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Androniques
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Message posted at 06/17/2012, 05:19:30 AM by Androniques
Come on, folks!..
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Vcarmstrong
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Message posted at 06/19/2012, 16:00:30 PM by Vcarmstrong
Hi Andromantic,

I will play ... nice port first off.

On image    Wall lanterns on old house, perspective view   

The composition seems a little off to me. There is really nothing that leads my eye to the old world lanterns. They are positioned in the rule of thirds but I think it may be those vented doors that are the distraction. I like your other image of old world lanterns better ... it has more pop and is more eye catching.
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Androniques
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Message edited at 06/19/2012, 17:08:41 PM by Androniques
Hi Val,
Thanks for dropping in. :) Phew... big relief, as this game is reanimated again!

You are probably right about this picture. As a matter of fact, I even thought about "cloning out" (or in?) that strange window, but then decided that it fills the empty space and complements its counterpart on the right. For a backup, I have another shot with vertical composition which I like better but downloaded this one too because the horizontal orientation is said to be more popular with buyers (I dunno). Let's see which one sells first and better.

By the way, now you are next to be beaten... even though you have some great stuff in your port ;-)

ps: once again, I will patiently reiterate that this is a game and spicing it up to a reasonable/constructive degree is welcome! 8-)
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Arvacsaba
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Message posted at 06/21/2012, 02:46:24 AM by Arvacsaba
Hi

You have great silhouette shots, I really like them.

   Goat Looking Up   

This goat made me curious, what is happening in the right, what is up there? Probably it could be better if you put something where the goat looks or at least to leave more space in the right than to the left.

And one more thing wouldn't be a good idea to make a photo with dueling cowboys, like those silhouettes?
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Vcarmstrong
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Message posted at 06/21/2012, 11:36:36 AM by Vcarmstrong
Thank you .... I like the idea. This was in the fall when leaves were falling from the cottonwood trees, so the goats what the tree and wait for leaves to fall. :)
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Enigmacypher
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Message posted at 06/27/2012, 23:19:11 PM by Enigmacypher
Okay, I'll jump back in again. Arvacsaba, you have some very nice work in your portfolio.

One image that jumped out at me that could be slightly altered and work better for stock is the following:

   One octave   

This is a good shot of one octave of a piano keyboard, but if someone wanted to use it to illustrate that concept they would probably want just a little more shown in the image (it is too tightly cropped). As it is, the C on both the top and the bottom are cut off slightly. It would be better to provide a little bit of the B below and the D above and allow the buyer to trim out the excess.


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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 06/28/2012, 01:56:39 AM by Parkinsonsniper
   One octave   

in addition to Enigma, it would be good to keep an eye on the perspective and reflections :)

(not mine...Enigmacypher's turn)
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Androniques
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Message posted at 06/28/2012, 02:21:27 AM by Androniques

Originally posted by Vcarmstrong:
Quoted Message: Thank you .... I like the idea. This was in the fall when leaves were falling from the cottonwood trees, so the goats what the tree and wait for leaves to fall. :)


Just thought: dont we look like this goat, waiting for sales to fall off onto ourselves... lol sorry for off-topic
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Arvacsaba
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Message posted at 06/28/2012, 08:48:27 AM by Arvacsaba
Thanks Enigmacypher and Parkinsonsniper. I will reshoot it, but I have no idea how to get rid of reflections as I have no studio, lights etc.

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Arvacsaba
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Message posted at 06/28/2012, 08:49:36 AM by Arvacsaba

Originally posted by Androniques:
Quoted Message: Just thought: dont we look like this goat, waiting for sales to fall off onto ourselves... lol sorry for off-topic


Yeah something like that....
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 06/28/2012, 08:56:34 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Enigmacypher's turn...find his port HERE :)
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Jimakosbook
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Message posted at 06/28/2012, 09:43:42 AM by Jimakosbook
Hi, nice game lets play
so...
   Seagulls Enjoying Gentle Waves at Beach   
nice img, but i think it has wrong color temperature or wrong color adjusment, i think it would be much better img if it was with warm colors, it would look more summer...


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Androniques
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Message edited at 06/28/2012, 10:36:55 AM by Androniques

Originally posted by Arvacsaba:
Quoted Message: Thanks Enigmacypher and Parkinsonsniper. I will reshoot it, but I have no idea how to get rid of reflections as I have no studio, lights etc.


Well, I have a few "piano tutorial" images - all started with a couple of shots similar to yours. I also don't have much of lighting equipment, and in this particular case I only had an external flash-gun with its light diverted and dispersed by the white ceiling... The reflections are actually nice, but (what I think Parkinsonsniper meant) they look better when they make a nice pattern along the keys. What I did, I invented(!) those reflections where there were none or only small reminiscent of. As for small perspective distortions, one can easily compensate for them in editing software. Hope this will help. :)

It's not my turn yet, as I did not criticize anyone, but rather replied to a question.
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Dandamanwasch
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Message posted at 07/04/2012, 07:44:01 AM by Dandamanwasch
I just had a look at Enigmacyphers Port and think that a lot of the Photos would need a stronger message. I'm a newbie myself, but when comparing he's/her Port with the very successful stock photographers, it is immediately obvious that the images should "pop" more and that the message should really be "in your face". I myself also often struggle with this, since it sometimes feels like over the top.
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message edited at 07/06/2012, 02:54:29 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Hi Dimitrios, this is your turn so I checked your port for a few minutes. I saw that you are "tight-cropper" :) we, as photographers, love to emphasize our main subjects by cropping the supportive parts of the image, which is pretty right in terms of photography. When it comes to stock photography, a designer might need the cropped part and it's generally hard to rebuild it in image editing softwares. My first suggestion is to use larger frames and let the designer crop the image. You are doing what a good photographer should do, which is not good for stock photography. Here are some obvious examples...

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That's all can say for your portfolio, I can't pick a particular image sorry. But you should consider the cropping again :) it will help you a lot...
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