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 »
Yes this is one of the harshest critiques I have done to date. Let me preface the entire thing by saying please do not take anything I said in this critique as being mean or over the top. Sam asked for me to be honest and to be honest that’s the only way I could do a critique any way.
For those who do not know Sam, he contacted me almost two years ago looking for help building a portfolio to try and get into Antonelli Institute. As you will see from the Youtube playlist below, I helped Sam over four videos. In the first video we started with a basic critique of the images Sam had created in high school.
What you have to keep in mind that when I am critiquing someone who is just starting out I am not going to be overly harsh. I am gong to be very supportive and give pointers that will help the photographer not hinder them.
After looking at what Sam had, it was obvious he was just starting out and was in need of some direction. You could see that there were some killer images followed by some that we could do without. The point here is to showcase what makes each image a winner and what makes the others not. Once you do that the photographer can start to visually see the difference between the keepers and tossers.
I sent Sam out on assignments for a few weeks until we finally had 10 solid images for his new portfolio. I have to say he had the start to some very strong work after taking my direction and running with it.
Fast forward two years, I invited Sam onto an episode of RAWtalk (video below) to talk about his first year at Antonelli. I also asked him to bring along his first year portfolio for me to critique.
And that is where the video above picks up the story. Sam sat at the RAWtalk table as I went image by image giving him my critique. Sure this one is harsh but I know Sam can handle it and grow with the feedback. You will notice for one of the images I gave him a little crap about the pixels but it turns out the printer had not printed his images properly.
I am very proud of Sam, he busts his ass day in and day out and I really think he will find his way in the photo world as soon as he leaves school.
Welcome to another AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique. Sometimes you have photos that make you go meh, theres nothing here. Than you turn the page to the next one and you are floored with how amazing it is.
That is what happened for a few of the images this week. You go from one that just doesn’t work to the next of the boats that works extremely well.
That is what’s great about these critiques and these sets of ten. You never know what you will see when you hit the next button.
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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 »
Peter is a photographer that I mentor in Nashville. He saved up enough money on his own to attend my boot camp in Nashville and I told him I would help him as much as he needed after.
This summer he picked up a photography job at a summer camp and asked me to critique his work. That is what I did for this weeks AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique. As always please do not take my criticism as being harsh, mean or anything else, I am being honest all while giving advice to get better.
Peter has an eye and that is evident in the images he asked me to critique. It is all about growing and making subtle tweaks work to take it to the next level. Based off of these images peter is not far off but he is making one mistake that I made myself, shooting to tight. It is one thing to take a headshot it is another to try and take every photo super tight. We have to remember that sometimes the scene the subject is in will help make your image.
I came up with a saying a long while ago. If I take a tight headshot underneath the Eiffel tower but all you see is the head shot, why didn’t I just shoot it in my basement. The point is not everything needs to be super super tight. Seeing the world and capturing your subject in a wide angle image is perfectly fine. A tight shot here and there to go along with everything else would work out as well.
Peter, you are doing a fantastic job, keep on shooting and learning and you will continue to grow.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 »