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Suggest improvement and portfolio critique (game)

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Jimakosbook
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Message posted at 07/07/2012, 10:49:30 AM by Jimakosbook

Originally posted by Parkinsonsniper:
Quoted Message: 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. 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...

Yes, you are right, it is a good point,
thank you a lot my friend


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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 08/28/2012, 05:27:44 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Hey noone around?! Noone wants to play a dangereous game?! Come on folks :))
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Jimakosbook
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Message posted at 08/28/2012, 06:27:56 AM by Jimakosbook

Originally posted by Parkinsonsniper:
Quoted Message: ...so I checked your port for a few minutes. I saw that you are "tight-cropper" :)...

Yes you are right, but the thing is that i dont have a pro equipment e.g. still life table, studio flash e.t.c. thats why i tight crop, most of my img are full frame, but yes you are right, this is a disadvantage in stock photography,
Thanks


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Enigmacypher
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Message posted at 11/13/2012, 22:04:08 PM by Enigmacypher
It looks like the last person to offer a critique was Parkinsonsniper way back in July. Since I'm in the mood to procrastinate rather than do any of the actual things on my to-do list, I'll try resurrecting this thread.....

Parkinsonsniper, your portfolio is becoming harder and harder to critique! I am trying to pick from newer images as those are the ones that may be most representative of current style and ability. The images I looked at are very sharp, well lit, and well composed. Thus, this critique is going to be more on concept .....


   Ice on Girl Face   

What concept are you hoping to portray with this image? I look at it and wonder why someone would have an ice cube in each hand held to her temples. Is this some type of therapy? If so, add that to the description. I tried to find some clues in the keywords, and the main ones that stand out are "plastic" and "surgery". If this is a type of therapy after plastic surgery try to target that audience more with keywords and description. However, with as much makeup as the model is wearing (and since she is not in any apparent pain), I am lead to think the image may be meant for the cosmetic or wellness industries. In short, the concept isn't clear to me -- but it might be to others.

The only other critique on this image is the image may have limited use as an isolated image due to being cropped on all four sides.


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Brmonico
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Message edited at 11/14/2012, 05:37:32 AM by Brmonico
   Empty Swing   

Hi, Enigmacypher. I saw this image in two versions. Isolated and with background . It seems you have other version of the chain with and without background. So, only the isolated versions have sales..... I think that you will made a better portfolio if you delete the background versions because you see that only the isolated version sells and if you put the two versons buyers can think:

- 1º - OHH he take this picture in studio...nice work!

OR

- 2º - OHH is just an edited crop.....

In that version i choose, the background is very confuse and distract the main subject because backgroud have better light that the main subject. The isolated version is better and more sailable , so..... why show to clients how you made it?

Best regards.
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Brmonico
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Message edited at 11/14/2012, 05:33:43 AM by Brmonico
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Enigmacypher
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Message posted at 11/14/2012, 10:56:06 AM by Enigmacypher
Bruno, great points; thanks for the critique. When I start pruning the portfolio, I think the swing with a background will be the first to go. You are right that the background is very cluttered and better lit than the subject.


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Nikon4004
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Message posted at 11/26/2012, 12:08:23 PM by Nikon4004
Enigmacypher

Like a lot of new members, your portfolio is limited. I like what you have but you definately need more. THe picture of the baby with food on it's face is good, but I think i was smiling it would be more salable. Keep shooting and uploading. and good luck!
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Enigmacypher
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Message posted at 11/26/2012, 12:32:19 PM by Enigmacypher
Nikon4004, thanks for the comment. I completely agree that more should be uploaded. It just hasn't been high on the priority list. In any case, the next up for critique is Brmonico. Do you want to take a shot at it? He has more in his portfolio to review and has been patiently waiting for a brave soul to offer a critique.


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Nikon4004
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Message posted at 11/26/2012, 12:40:59 PM by Nikon4004
Brmonico

Good images. As far as the brides, not a lot of call. Most magazines or companies that have an application for that are shooting their own. This way they are assured of a full releases. I like the baby pictures, but a few of the baby looking at the camera might be more sale able. As far as flowers and bugs, unless they are very rare, most are already overdone.

Keep shooting and good like.



Me next!
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Brmonico
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Message edited at 11/27/2012, 05:53:14 AM by Brmonico
Thanks Nikon4004 , i have some more images from the baby looking to camera and smiling , they are in review process. Wedding pictures appear to sell well here. The most downloaded is a wedding image , i think, but i´m starting now and i have only a few weeks here. I work like a wedding photographer last 5 years , so, i have many bride´s and grooms ;)) , the problem is get the releases. About magazines your right but for internet use or stores decoration i think there is a possible market.

And, if i don´t upload them they don´t sell. The problem is stock market is over saturated of all kinds.

I have more than 100 files and only 2 sales, 1 of them is sub ;|
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Vcarmstrong
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Message posted at 11/27/2012, 14:03:15 PM by Vcarmstrong
   Bride happiness   

First, let me say you really have some nice shots in your portfolio. I was hard pressed to find one to offer some constructive feedback.

Most of your wedding shots are very nice. This one, while it is still a nice shot I think the compostion could have been a little stronger. Perhaps shot more under the bride and to the left so the brides face ends up in the upper left intersection (rule of thirds). Also the way the light is hitting the bride makes for some harsh contrast between highlights and shadows.

Great work though, I think you will be very successful here. :)
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Brmonico
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Message posted at 11/27/2012, 20:02:06 PM by Brmonico

Originally posted by Vcarmstrong:
Quoted Message:    Bride happiness   First, let me say you really have some nice shots in your portfolio. I was hard pressed to find one to offer some constructive feedback.Most of your wedding shots are very nice. This one, while it is still a nice shot I think the compostion could have been a little stronger. Perhaps shot more under the bride and to the left so the brides face ends up in the upper left intersection (rule of thirds). Also the way the light is hitting the bride makes for some harsh contrast between highlights and shadows.Great work though, I think you will be very successful here. :)


Hi, thanks for the critique. You are right, i agree. This is one of that moments when a photographer is concentrated to get the best and the bride says "what f*** is this!!! I don´t like that...." So i only take this shoot....

i can make a crop of it and use light/shadow of photoshop but i prefer let the possible buyer make want he thinks better.
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message edited at 11/28/2012, 01:47:46 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Hi everyone,

I feel happy whenever I see new comments in this thread. First of all, I owe a thank you to Enigmacypher for his critics and nice words. I appreciate them both. I waited for my turn to answer him :) I agree about his critic of non-purpose shot, though my model loved that one and wanted it to be online. just for aesthetical purposes...I agree about the 4 way crop, limiting usage. I learn to pay attention to such things, a little slowly :))

Now that it's Vcarmstrong's turn, here are my words:

   Home Security   

In this "Home security" image, first I think the loss of color force the buyer to a monochorome usage. I almost never choose monochrome, unless colors are really disgusting :)) and the most important part is the rifle. It is too small to be seen. It will possibly be invisible in a small print and viewers will have to guess that he is holding a rifle, from the model's hand gesture. A little angled POV would show more rifle and give more idea about the concept. Third, model is hidden in the house and in shadows, but he is a little lost in the monochrome colors. Maybe some contrast would make him pop and get the attention. Still, I find this pic pretty threatening and a good concept about western culture.

   Woman Eating Banana Isolated   

and this probably sale-able well stock concept shot; the eyeglasses killed the picture for me. Though I perfectly understand the forgotten props in a picture. We always do that, too. One more suggestion for this shot is that she needs some liquify filter on her nose, to have a nicer curve. I don't mean she needs it in real life, this stock photo needs it.

Thanks for supporting this thread and letting people hear what you think. My turn again :( hahahah
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Vcarmstrong
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Message posted at 11/28/2012, 03:43:52 AM by Vcarmstrong
Thanks for the feedback Parkinsonsniper. I guess I am going to have to learn how to use liquify (I have been putting it off!) hahaha.

   Isolated Chef Cooking   

Your portfolio is great and real difficult to find something meaningful to critique. However, in this photo, I have to ask, why cut off 1 inch of the right arm of the model? Since it is an isolated image, it tends to limit the use of the image a little. If the designer wanted to crop off a piece of the arm it is easily done. A very will executed image otherwise. :)
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message edited at 11/28/2012, 03:51:14 AM by Parkinsonsniper
You are perfectly right, I started to take stock photos just for 2 years and I have to change my compositions, most of my pictures are cropped, I can't help it :))
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Nikon4004
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Message posted at 11/28/2012, 13:56:10 PM by Nikon4004
ANyone want to take a shot at mine?

Hav at it!
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Brmonico
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Message posted at 11/28/2012, 17:33:29 PM by Brmonico
   Palms   
   Palms   

This to images are very confuse ... we see what is in the image but i think that is missing the SALE CONCEPT . If you want to take an image of this tress you most put something specific in the image. Sometimes is better take a closeup of a detail that this generic images. There is many excellent images of this subjects anywhere so you most upgrade your standarts and choose always the best tree and the best detail.

   Stoplight on Duval Street   
This is a editorial image so you can´t delete the wires on background, but you can force a bokeh and isolate the main subject .

About you portfolio....you have good images but you must be more criative in variety. You have two images of childs and they sell....why you don´t do more? There are many houses in your port , change subject now to expand your port visibility .

My opinion. Good luck.
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Nikon4004
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Message posted at 11/28/2012, 20:12:03 PM by Nikon4004
I've shot detail on trees and they were turned down. The reviewers said to shoot the whole image and let the buyer crop what they want. These two evoke images of the tropics. As far as sales, they can be used in travel brochures and websites.
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Astormfr
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 08:14:41 AM by Astormfr
Hello Brmonico,

I looked at your portfilio. It has nearly the same size as mine (that is to say a bit more than 100 photos).

I must admit I do not understand why you do not have more sales...

Here are the comment I can do to improve your pictures:

   Blowfly   
I would have prefer it without the bug. I do not understand your goal?

   Apple and knife   
It seems that for stock photos, it is always better to have have the object fully in the frame. So for this one you should have tried not to cut the knif and the apple.

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