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Suggest improvement and portfolio critique (game)

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Brmonico
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 11:04:33 AM by Brmonico
Hi Astormfr, thanks for the review. I made one without bug , is this    Tree   

I could made one only with the bug, but i think this will bring more color to image. The bug is the main subject.

The knife image i agree 100% with your comment. I explain why is taken like that. This image was made by contract. A Portuguese huge company hired me to produce this image. I have to follow their vectors project and made it just like it was designed for London, Portugal and Canada ,food market, product print decoration. I just delete the logo, they don´t use this anymore.

This image was made with a Canon 10D, just for curiosity and have about 8 years in my folio. This one, the fish with lemons, the chicken, Lisbon views, the red roses bouquet, tables decoration and more are from my 9 years port and from my amazing Canon 10D. I still have this camera and i don´t want sell it. Was my first digital and is part of family now. This is for people that thinks pixeis really count for quality , this one have 6mp, raw straight from camera. Background edited for pure white and levels. All of this photo market end here with this finance difficulty.
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Brmonico
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 11:22:23 AM by Brmonico
My turn ;)
   Stone Arch in Normandy coast in France   

First , i like this file but is a strange/confuse view. I don´t know if it this a crop, but the main subject should "breathe more" . The "falling sky effect " is lost and the "low earth" point of view is lost too. You can get the same main interest and give a more dramatic view to sky and earth if you put your main subject a little far distance to camera. Like it is, appear to have some distortion at corners , i am not saying it have distortion , but give this idea because is too close to both sides and the mountain is falling to center.
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Astormfr
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 12:25:56 PM by Astormfr
thanks you for your feed back? I 100% agree. For your information it was not a crop.
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Vcarmstrong
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Message posted at 12/03/2012, 15:55:10 PM by Vcarmstrong
   Bride´s makeup   

The composition here I think could be stronger. The door frames growing out of the subject head kind of jumped out at me. :D
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Nospmisk
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Message posted at 12/03/2012, 16:47:13 PM by Nospmisk
   Abandoned   

I like most things about this image, but there are a couple of things that I would think would bug designers;
1. Heavily vinyetted. I think if the designer wants a vinyette on there, they should have the choice, it's just one option you're taking away from them.
2. The crop. Again, that should be left up to the designer, give them as much room to work with as they need, especially on landscapes.

That's about it. :)
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Vcarmstrong
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Message edited at 12/03/2012, 17:11:46 PM by Vcarmstrong
Thank you Nospmisk. You are absolutely right ... in fact for the most flexibility, I should have left it in color too. However, in this case, it was an assignment file. Submitted without the vignette and crop, I get the response "While the concept of this image is good, we are looking for more elaborate work in terms of lighting and composition for this assignment."

Otherwise, I would have left it as is.

PS. if you look at the accepted assignment files, most of them are heavily edited. Which I think is kind of funny because it does limit the use and marketability of the photos.
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Brmonico
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Message posted at 12/04/2012, 15:18:56 PM by Brmonico

Originally posted by Vcarmstrong:
Quoted Message:    Bride´s makeup   The composition here I think could be stronger. The door frames growing out of the subject head kind of jumped out at me. :D


Yes , its true. I agree
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 12/21/2012, 04:28:09 AM by Parkinsonsniper
I think it's Nospmisk's turn...here I go.

You are a good photographer with ability to reach some nice models, but your titles don't direct the buyers to the desired photo.

   Child in Business Suit   

Let's take this particular photo as an example. "Child in business suit", actually the suit covers maximum 10% of the image and it's barely visible because if his bright and interesting face. On the other hand, his face and freckles are very conceptual. A title change might be a good idea.
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Chrisboswell
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Message edited at 12/22/2012, 14:28:01 PM by Chrisboswell
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Parkinsonsniper,

Can't get the photo to show up.

I love the advise you gave on the freckled boy, spot on!

That said I'm a little fearful about playing this game, but I'll take a risk and throw you some thought.

When getting to your page your profile image first caught my eye. It had questions right off, the dark dead space in 50% of your image left made me uncomfortable like a black hole in space. Then my search for highlight in your eyes was not successful. But, I noticed bright beautiful color below in your photos and it did not seem to fit. This advise I need to hear more than you, but why do we spend so little time on our own profile pic? Isn't that one indicator of our skill, style, and message? Still love your profile pic but my own thoughts is that a profile pic should be more greeting like, after all we are welcoming people for the first time in to our creative homes right?

Please don't kill me now...

Now comes the real fear of what I'll find out next poster...


;-)
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 12/24/2012, 03:37:01 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Hahahaa thanks for your advice Chrisboswell :) actually you are pretty right about your suggestion.

A couple of months ago, my profile picture was a simple daisy, a very good friend of mine adviced to change it. I think he realised that I'm not a daisy and I'm male and the daisy doesn't fit with my portfolio. I'm a little shy to show myself on internet, but he is (Andromantic) a contributor that I trust, so I decided to change my pic.

Now you come up that I should have a better pic that reflects my portfolio. I think I'll follow this advice too and upload the sexiest photo of myself and then you will see LOL

Thanks for your advice, I'll follow it as soon as possible and inform you with a personal message :)

Ok it's Chrisboswell's turn...
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Transformx
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Message edited at 12/25/2012, 17:43:30 PM by Transformx
Ok, weird! When I first looked at the thread, Cleaper had just posted before me so I critqued one of her photos :) Then when I saved it ... it was all out of sequence... oy!

Cleaper .... I looked through your portfolio, wonderful photos!    Traditional Cottages in Shaftesbury, England   

I really like the composition on this one with the way the eye is drawn into the photo via the street lines and hill curving down. I'd love to see it turned into a BW version and playing with the tones.
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Chrisboswell
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Message posted at 12/25/2012, 19:36:36 PM by Chrisboswell
I got skipped... :-(
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Transformx
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Message posted at 12/25/2012, 21:10:08 PM by Transformx
Chrisboswell ... I looked at your portfolio and its amazing! Each time I thought of a different angle on a photo, you were one step ahead :) If anything I would love to see what your vision of the NE or Great Lakes region would be...I'm sure you would come up with some fantastic shots!
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Transformx
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Message edited at 12/25/2012, 21:29:51 PM by Transformx

Originally posted by Chrisboswell:
Quoted Message: Profile.... but why do we spend so little time on our own profile pic? Isn`t that one indicator of our skill, style, and message? Still love your profile pic but my own thoughts is that a profile pic should be more greeting like, after all we are welcoming people for the first time in to our creative homes right?


Ahhh... so true! My profile pic is temporary as I wanted something to fill the spot rather than the 'default' while I am working on an avatar with my watermark on it. Perhaps Parkinsonsniper is very mysterious as the avatar suggests !
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Vcarmstrong
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Message posted at 12/26/2012, 07:32:10 AM by Vcarmstrong
Chrisboswell, nice portfolio. I had a hard time finding one I could offer some constructive feedback on. This image    Female Powder Puff Football Player Playing Center    the first thing noticed is the title is the same as the previous image "stiff arm". The title fits the previous image as she is doing a "stiff arm" action. In this one however, the title may be more appropriate as some like "Set and Ready" or something similar. The other thing I noticed, especially as this seems to be a crop, is that her hand is chopped off.

Great images though!
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