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Is Close Good Enough For These Photos, I Think So? Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Yes these photos are close, in fact they are very very close to being spot on. With a few small corrections this photographers future images have a better chance at being spot on.

I really liked the angle they were going for in their images. The Disneyland photos were so very close. The first one was just to far away from the main scene but I totally understand where they were going with it. I would love to see the fireworks in color but I will have to go with the photographers gut that the black and white looked better. I loved the way the fireworks lit up the front of the people standing around. The image is really right on, not much to change about it.

The food images on the other hand I think needed some softer light. It came across to me at least that it was way to harsh. That harshness became a distraction that lead my eyes away from the focus of the image.

What can we all learn from these critiques? I can tell you these critiques help me in my every day photos. You never can see to many images and that’s why you should consider following other peoples work. The more you see, the more you experiment, the better you will become.

If you would like to submit your images for a rapid fire critique please click the submit photos button above.

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These Sports Photos Are In Need of Some Help, So I Helped: AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin March 21, 2014 Comments Off

My first love in photography came in the way of photographing sports. I shot every event that my high school had, from football to baseball to attempting and failing and shooting volleyball.

Sports can be very difficult to shoot. Many people work on just freezing the action first before branching off into anything else. You may think that the only thing important about freezing the action is having a fast shutter speed. That is correct in some ways but if your aperture is to high or you are using slower glass you may freeze the action but the background becomes an issue.

I am going to create a video showing you that you can use a kit lens and still blow out the background but in the meantime take a look at this Rapid Fire Critique.

The photos I believe are from a schools photography program but that was all the information I had to go on.

This was a tough critique in my opinion knowing that the photos may have been taken by students. I never want to be to overly critical of someones work especially if they are a student. My goal was to give as many pointers as possible to take the images to the next level.

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This proves once again it’s not the Camera it’s the Photographer: Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin February 27, 2014 Comments Off

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.

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The FIRST Rapid Fire Critique of the 2014: Please Submit Yours

Jared Polin January 22, 2014 Comments Off

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.

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to check out AdoramaPIX.com for killer photo books, aluminized prints and regular prints.

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If a Photographer can do THIS with an Entry Level Camera, What’s Your Excuse

Jared Polin December 18, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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This type of EDITING HAS TO STOP!!! Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin November 28, 2013 Comments Off

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.

Click Here to see this set of five images.

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Oh Hello Scary and Freaky Photos: Adoramapix Rapid Fire Critique #65

Jared Polin November 6, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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Some SOLID SOLID SOLID Photos: AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique #64

Jared Polin October 27, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique #062: Oh Boy will I survive this set

Jared Polin September 10, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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3 Trippy Images and a few Patriotic: Rapid Fire Critique #060

Jared Polin August 6, 2013 Comments Off

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.

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