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Today we’re gonna try something new that we haven’t seen before – we’re gonna go take our own photos that we just shot last week. Let’s just get right into it.
H2: The First Photo
Okay, for this first photo, it’s a good one to start with because it’s super critique-able. There are a lot of things I would have done differently if I had a little bit more time and slowed down to actually think about my shot more.
For starters, it’s crazy crooked, and there’s not even really a good way of fixing it. There’s very little foot room, in fact, I’m even dropping off her toes a little bit. There’s some trash on the ground that, if I had a little bit more time, I may have recycled. All these things are technically wrong, but they kind of give the photo a really chaotic feeling that goes with her chaotic pose of throwing her coat. I kind of like it. That being said, I would love to slow down and maybe take a shot that took all those things into account. If you’re gonna have a crooked photo, you should add to it, and in this case, I think it does. Whether it’s technically correct or not, there should be a reason for you to break the rules. Also, you’re scared of heights, so you might have been rushing to get off the fire escape.
H2: The Second Photo
H3: Slow Shutter Speed Experiment
Next, I had an idea to capture a lot of movement with Jasmine by using a slow shutter speed. I wanted Jasmine to keep her head mostly still and just move her torso and arms a little bit, so her face would stay in focus. This shot turned out pretty cool. However, the fire escape is a cramped space, making it hard to get different angles. I don’t love the telephone wires and pole behind her head. It would have been better to have open sky behind her. The jacket movement is interesting, but it also feels a little tight. I think I should have stepped back a bit to avoid cropping off her knees.
But overall, I like the weirdness of this shot. Whenever you do something unconventional, it makes people stop and actually look at your photo. It adds an element of intrigue.
H2: The Third Photo
H3: Using Windows as a Frame
When Daniel was shooting the third photo, I was watching him through the windows and realized it looked super cool. I decided to use the windows to frame Jasmine. I had her lean in and put her hands up to frame her even further and create depth in the photo. The only thing I would change is the focus. I was focusing on her eyes, but when I moved to this lower angle, the focus shifted and her hair and nose are more in focus than her eyes. I would have preferred her eyes to be the most prominent thing in focus. However, overall, I think this shot is really cool and I love the framing with the windows.
H2: The Fourth Photo
H3: Sunset with Plastic Raincoat
This is a photo that I’ve wanted to take for a long time. I saw these plastic carwash danglers a month ago and thought it would be cool to combine them with a plastic raincoat. Finally, we had the opportunity to do it, but we were fighting against the setting sun and the security guard who always gets mad at us. So we had to work quickly.
For this series of shots, there are a few things I might do differently if I had more time. In the first shot, I like the leading lines heading towards her direction, but I think she could have stepped a few paces back to really emphasize those lines. Additionally, having her face the sunset would have been ideal, but we made do with the available light. The second shot, with the lower angle, has an edgy feel to it, thanks to the plastic background and jacket. I wouldn’t change much about this shot; it already captures the mood I was going for.
In conclusion, critiquing our own photos is a valuable exercise. It allows us to reflect on what we could have done differently and learn from our mistakes. It also helps us appreciate the things that turned out well, even if they weren’t originally planned. By critiquing our own photos, we can continue to improve our skills and create even better images in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “We Critique Our OWN Photos”?
“We Critique Our OWN Photos” is a community-based platform where individuals can share their own photographs and receive constructive feedback from fellow photographers and enthusiasts.
How does it work?
To participate, you need to sign up and create an account on our website. Once you have an account, you can upload your own photos to be critiqued. Other members of the community will then provide feedback, suggestions, and constructive criticism on your photos.
Who can participate?
Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome to join! Whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional photographer, this platform provides a supportive space to share and receive feedback on your own photos.
What are the benefits of participating?
By participating in “We Critique Our OWN Photos,” you can gain valuable feedback and insights on your own photography. This feedback can help you improve your skills, enhance your artistic vision, and develop your unique photographic style. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with a diverse community of photographers, exchange ideas, and learn from others.
How can I provide constructive feedback?
When critiquing a photo, it’s important to be respectful, specific, and constructive. Focus on the technical aspects of the photo such as composition, lighting, focus, and exposure. Additionally, you can provide suggestions for improvement or offer praise for notable elements. Remember, the goal is to help each other grow and develop as photographers.
Is there a limit to the number of photos I can upload?
No, there is no limit to the number of photos you can upload. However, we encourage you to be selective and only share your best work to receive more focused feedback.
No, the purpose of this platform is to critique photos that you have taken personally. Sharing photos taken by someone else goes against the spirit of self-improvement and personal growth. We encourage you to showcase your own photography skills and learn from the critique of your own work.
Can I delete my uploaded photos?
Yes, you have the ability to delete your uploaded photos at any time. Simply log in to your account, go to your uploaded photos, and select the option to delete.
Is the critique anonymous?
By default, the critiquing process is anonymous. However, if you wish to identify yourself when providing feedback, you can sign your name or include your username in the critique. This gives the photo owner an opportunity to reach out and express gratitude or request further clarification on feedback received.
Can I monetize my photos through this platform?
No, “We Critique Our OWN Photos” is purely a community-oriented platform for feedback and growth. Monetization of photos and commercial activities are beyond the scope of our platform.
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