Time and time again people prove that it’s not the camera it’s the photographer. Don’t you love when someone says what camera is that, it takes fantastic pictures? It’s like saying wow that food was amazing what oven to you own?
People are always asking what do I look for when I am selecting sets for the rapid fire critique? I simply look for a set of images that has potential to give me a lot to teach. I don’t look at the settings or anything else other than a few of the images when I am deciding. The reason is the settings and camera don’t matter it comes down to the images first and foremost.
The images in this set were captured with the Nikon D40 a camera that was released somewhere around 2006. Like I have said a million times a lot of what you do comes down to having the proper settings as well as quality glass.
This set shows us that the photographer has an eye, a way to see the world and capture it no matter what camera is in their hands.
If you would like to submit your set of images for a critique please click the submit images tab above. Please keep in mind I do not get to everyones sets as I can only critique roughly 40 a year.Read More »
Guess what is back, the AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique.
The first critique of 2014 brings us a set shot entirely with the Nikon D3000. Keep in mind this is an entry level camera that goes back almost four years or more at this point. But I want you to always remember it is not the camera that makes the photo it’s the photographer. Oh yea and glass doesn’t hurt either.
There are many things I liked about this set. I liked the way the photographer brought out life in inanimate object. I liked how they composed the images and some of the processing.
On the flip side they were shooting in auto which I explained is not a bad thing when you are just starting out. When you watch the video I think you will start to see why it’s important to take control of your camera.
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How many times have you heard “my camera stinks” or “I need a better camera”? As I have said a million times it’s not about the camera as much as the lenses. And in many cases you can get better pictures with an entry level camera with a solid lens than the best pro camera with a crappy lens.
This set is another example of someone using an entry level Nikon D3200 and coming out with poppy vibrant color and black and white images. On top of that their composition is top notch and the subjects are interesting.
When I am looking at a set of 10 images and it contains 3-4 solid keepers you know you are on the right path.
Remember, it is what you do with the camera not what the camera does with you. You are smarter than it, you control it. If you think there is a problem with your camera it’s most likely human error.
Keep on shooting and let’s see some more of those sets of 10 images.Read More »
As I continue with this AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critiques I cam across this set of only five images. As you know I generally critique 10 images but something caught my eye with this set.
What caught my eye was the way the images were edited. It seems most of the editing is fine and the images are not bad at all. But the major issue is the fact that the peoples skin look so fake. That includes the images of the little kids whos skin is already perfect.
I have been seeing this more and more where people feel like they have to touch up peoples skin so much that it looks fake. Kids do not need their skin touched up to make it look smooth and silky. For that matter I don’t really think peoples skin should be touched up pretty much at all. I am a fan of this is who you are so be secure with that.
Here is a way to know if you have taken your skin editing to far. If you have to pull back on the clarity passed -5 or so you’ve gone to far. If it looks fake to you it’s going to look even more fake to everyone else.Read More »
Here we have a very interesting cross section of images. We go from your basic portraits to some pretty freaky and scary images. Of course I was not scare by them I was more intrigued.
To me in a set of 10 if you have four solid solid images you are on the right path. Im baseball you are considered a star if you could ever be 4-10.Read More »
When I am looking through Rapid Fire sets of 10 images I do not expect all 10 images to be mind blowing. I honestly look for 2-3 killer keepers that keep you wanting more.
Let’s get something straight as well, even if one person likes all 10 of your shots that does not mean the next person will also. That’s what happens with critiques, one person sees things one way and the other sees it another.
There is no correct answer when it comes to critiques as we all have a different eye. So don’t get upset if someone is not to keen on a set but someone else is. Take everything in to consideration and end up with your own choices.Read More »
What is interesting about doing these critiques week in and week out is you never know how you will react to a set. Sometimes you have killer image after killer image after killer image. Other times you are stuck with mediocre images with the surprise of one solid image.
I think this set falls in between, the images are not bad but not great. They are simply very very close, they are on the cusp of being something more.
This is a good position to be in for the photographer as there is some major potential with some slight tweaks to take their images to the next level.Read More »
Sometimes you see images that are trippy that make you go hmmm. The first three images of this set left me trying to figure out if the image was color or black and white or which way was up or down.
I love sets that make me think and take a much closer look at the images. I think when and image makes you stop to think, that it has done its job. That is one of the differences between a snap shot and a great images.Read More »
Everyone always wants to know if they should watermark their images when they put them online. I don’t want to go all out on this subject right now but what I want to say is if your going to use a watermark do not make it so obtrusive that it takes away from your image.
This set brings us a few keepers, a few hdr images and a few that miss the mark slightly. Keep in mind in a set of 10 if you have 3 or 4 solid images that it is a great start.Read More »
I love critiquing peoples work and finding the positives in the work to help them progress as photographers. Keep this in mind that its not about ripping peoples work to shreds its about helping people.
This is another solid set with a few really solid keepers and a few that are pretty close.Read More »