LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY WITH PORTFOLIO REVIEWS #14: LOUISE

LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY WITH PORTFOLIO REVIEWS #14: LOUISE


Hello Louise let’s get to your portfolio
review. First of all this shot you sent is a stunner it’s very very very
difficult to get even illumination when whenever you have a situation where
you’re photographing people or animals or anything that are backlit usually you
have deep shadow on the faces and in the front of the person so in this situation
you have the wonderful wonderful dancing of the light in the background with the
the water you have really beautiful hair light here and the whole picture just
comes together as a winner but the real trick is that you were able to maintain
exposure in the child’s face and I think it’s a great picture the only thing I
would suggest is I feel that maybe it’s a little bit too claustrophobic meaning
that I’d like to see a little bit more space here and here maybe a touch more
water down here and maybe just a little bit more about the head otherwise I
can’t think of anything I would change very well done I like it now let’s get
to your next one so this is a black and white treatment I
think it looks great I think your idea of giving us the viewer a black and
white is perfect I would suggest I just want to see a
little bit more water down here because the water especially because he’s using
a shovel there’s something going on it’s part of the story that he’s he’s digging
in the water so let’s have a little bit more space here I will say that you’re
positioning where he’s looking into the picture frame where there’s more space
in front of his look then behind is absolutely essential and you got it so
great work on this as well and I like your black and white treatment I think
it’s it’s a very gentle black and white that you chose and not harsh at all it’s
very pleasant okay so this is a it’s a real nice shot I love the light the
Lighting’s perfect and these these sheds or cabanas
whatever they are I love how they have colors yeah it’s just overall a really
nice picture let’s just take a look at what we have here for our rule of thirds
and it looks like you’ve positioned the the the composite or you made the
composition to obey the rule of thirds quite nicely now whenever we have a
scenario where we have a slight slope going upward then the rule of thirds is
just a guide a guide post you can decide like for example down here you are on
the rule of thirds with regard to the top of the sheds and down here it’s sort
of the you know nearing the bottom so I think you did a great job in fact I
wouldn’t change anything with regards to this composition so most of the the
physical stuff on the ground is on the bottom third and the top two-thirds is
the beautiful sky so I wouldn’t crop this I would keep it as it is and I I’m
just trying to find something that I would alter or change or edit but I
can’t so good work I love the shot as it is really nicely done okay so this
picture here I’m excited about it for a number of reasons one it’s a dream of
mine to go on a canal boat like this and I’ve looked at them they go throughout
through England and Ireland and Scotland and and Wales and all these places I’ve
always wanted to go on a canal boat and I’m sure that I will so this is the one
that I want to to go on it looks fantastic
now whenever we have a situation where we have overcast skies I try my very
best to avoid seeing the sky whenever it’s overcast the reason being is I just
don’t like the look so what I would do for this pick
now this is something we can’t correct now but you could think about this for
next time that you’re in a situation like this is that I suggest that instead
of a wide-angle lens that you back way up just walk back back back if possible
and use a zoom or it’s also known is that you can use a telephoto lens at the
zoo use a zoom lens at the telephoto settings what I’m trying to say so for
example if you have a 70 to 200 lens and try for a 200 and what you’re going to
do is make sure you still maintain this grass get the water get the lock get the
man get the boat get the greenery in the back but don’t get any of the sky and
this is very possible so what you would do essentially is of course it’s not
going to work in this picture but you would you would crop or compose the
picture so that there is no sky visible now in this we can’t avoid it here it’s
going to be there anyway and in fact you don’t want to do this crop because it it
ruins the picture but essentially you would be wanting to create a picture
that doesn’t have any sky this is if it’s overcast but so let’s just back out
of here let’s go to your the crop that you gave
me now as a composition itself I feel that you did the right thing the the
debates that I’m having is do we include the road or do we not now the reason why
we the road is valuable is because it’s part of the story we know that that
vehicles or cows or bicyclists enjoy going along these these these canals so
that it does have value to the overall story but I’m just wondering what would
happen if we get rid of it it’s very debatable now I personally
would appreciate this a bit more where I don’t see the road and the reason being
is I want more of this fellow in the shot and I want a little bit more
relative space in front of the canal boat so let me back up here when we have
the road it’s good it’s part of the story but the man is smaller and the
boat is sort of positioned in the middle of the frame however if we crop the road
out we kind of get a tighter composition which is usually a bit more effective
and we also can appreciate the boat going into the picture space which is
right here so that’s why I feel that this is probably how I would crop the
picture and also in turn allows us to appreciate the the man back here a
little bit more okay let’s get to your next one so I I really like action sport
photography although I must admit I’m not very good at it I haven’t had much
experience with it but I have photographed mountain bikers and skiers
and snowboarders and what I do find is that unless you’re going specifically
for the portrait like the action portrait it’s usually better to have
what’s called an environmental sports shot we just need to see a little bit
more of the trail especially do you see how we have an s-curve on this trail I
feel that it’s a feeling of it’s it’s a little bit too claustrophobic for my
liking so I would like to see the the curve of this s trail here and I like to
see a little bit more around here of this nice s-curve trail okay
now with regards to the top and bottom it’s you don’t really need a little
anymore up here because we just know it’s greenery but I would like to see a
bit more trail down here so if you could just widen the shot for me I’m able to
appreciate the the speed of the cyclist and also the environment now they all
have the technical thing is that and it’s very difficult to deal with blown
out highlights when you do it when you’re in a situation of a great
contrast that’s why we would probably if you’re shooting in RAW
this is a JPEG that’s what I asked everyone to send me as JPEGs but if this
was originally a raw photo you just go to your highlights and reduce your
highlights so that you would get more detail in the blown out areas now it’s
not going to work with a JPEG so that’s why we’re not gonna bother but that’s
just a little tip if you if you so desire and if you shot in RAW then you
would just want to reduce the highlights here if you’re wanting to go for an
advanced solution you would go to your brush make sure your highlights are
really low and then only brush his legs that’s it or maybe his for his arm here
and when you do a selective adjustment you see how we have that we could see
the red mask that’s when we can adjust specific areas of a picture that are
maybe problematic again it’s not going to work with a JPEG so we’re just going
to avoid this altogether but if you shoot RAW excuse me
if you shoot RAW and you have Lightroom cc or Photoshop then you certainly can
do that okay so I believe that is all five of your pictures I really enjoyed
going through your pictures Louise thank you for sending to me have a great day

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